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The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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"Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch's first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining."--The Times (London) An orphan's life is harsh--and often short--in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld's most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game--or die trying.
Publisher: 2006
ISBN: 9780553902716
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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OPL_JacobL Apr 22, 2020

In this grimdark fantasy, a small gang of thieves try to fight against the established order between the aristocracy and the head of the criminal element of their Venice-like city. In doing so, they find themselves caught in the middle of a political struggle between the mysterious outsider calli... Read More »

An orphan's life is harsh--and often short--in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains--a man who i... Read More »

Fantasy- In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival tha... Read More »

An orphan's life is harsh--and often short--in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamo... Read More »


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Lord_Vad3r Jan 30, 2021

"When we lose someone we care about, we get something valuable and we throw it away. For real, you understand. Into the sea, into a fire, something like that."

The Lies of Locke Lamora is a slow burn. If I had to guess, I would say about 75% of the book is the set-up. And when all the pieces come slamming perfectly into place during that last action-packed 25%? All I can really say is "Oh snap!"

The slowness of the book and the bravado-filled banter at the start almost put me off it. That slowly died away though and as I got further in it seemed, to me at least, that Lynch became more confident in all of the most important elements of storytelling: character, plot, voice, and world-building. Maybe he wrote it backwards and all of that is just my imagination. But I like to think of it that way.

One thing I like is that Lynch isn't afraid to kill characters off. One of the things I always harp on writers about is when they fall too in love with characters and refuse to let them die (refer to my other reviews to see my many statements about Frodo Baggins). Not so with Lynch. Callo and Galdo were likable enough. Dead. Nazca Barsavi would make a great female crime lord. Dead. Bug. Dead. Grey King. Dead. Need I go on? I walked away from this feeling that Locke was the only one who was untouchable.

Another positive was the world building: the alchemical globes, elderglass, the wraithstone, the secret peace, the crooked warden, the wrath of the bondsmages, the spider and the midnighters. All great touches.

Perhaps what appealed to me the most were those little moments of perfect irony. For example: when Locke adopts the persona of the Grey King and is captured by Barsavi's crew after Nazca's murder and Anjais tells him "this is from Locke Lamora" and punches him in the face. Or the irony of the wicked sisters versus actual wicked sisters?

There's also a certain symmetry to the story that makes it satisfying as well. All those little interludes and diversions that seem disconnected from the main story line come back around in a big way. “I don’t have to beat you, motherfucker. I just have to keep you here … until Jean shows up.”

Lastly I like that the whole thing begins and ends with a death offering. "there’s a rule that has to be followed with the offering. It can’t be given willingly, you understand? It can’t be something you already have. It has to be something you go out and steal from someone else, special. . ."

Indeed. Well played Mr. Lynch, well played.

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Dec 26, 2020

it's been a few years since i read too much fantasy, I read lots of harry potter and Percy Jackson in my early teen preteen years, and the 'lies of Locke Lamora" drew me back to the world of magic with a jolt.

I like the world building, and the bromance between jean and locke is one of the best. after reading a few more fantasy, I then realized how unique this book was.

In a usual book with magic, the main character usually has them and is often one of the most powerful. But locke and his friends have no magic, and magic has caused him a great deal of misery, it is a unique view to this genre.

I cannot wait for book 4

multcolib_susannel Jul 17, 2020

Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival where nothing and no one are what they seem.

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red_cat_8407
Apr 28, 2020

I read the first two books, and they were exceptional. The plot can get rather mindbending at times, but it's very enjoyable. Looking forward to reading the third as well.

OPL_JacobL Apr 22, 2020

In this grimdark fantasy, a small gang of thieves try to fight against the established order between the aristocracy and the head of the criminal element of their Venice-like city. In doing so, they find themselves caught in the middle of a political struggle between the mysterious outsider calling himself the Grey King and the head of all the gangs in the city. A brutal, bloody war ensues with very few victors. A fresh take on fantasy that leans heavily on the brutality of draconian class systems.

Hillsboro_RobP Jan 08, 2019

A tale of fantastic thievery not to be missed for genre fans of Rothfuss, Martin and others. Lynch works very hard on his writing, and agonizes deeply over the plot and this comes out in both the quality and the finely-tuned plot. Still, I don't think it quite delivers on the satisfying ending one would expect from a heist novel but there's more than enough brilliant creativity and engrossing detail to make us, the poor reader, queue up for the sequels.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 14, 2018

Part high fantasy, part heist/caper...this is a pretty cool read. Wish there were more female characters tho!

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sundanced
Jul 13, 2018

A clever fantasy heist story with swashbuckling hero con men taking center stage. Filled with adventure, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 04, 2017

This fantasy novel blends a rich and descriptive world with a compelling band of characters. While I found that the first 30% or so tended to drag on slightly because of the amount of setup Lynch had to prepare, the following 70% of the book draws you in and doesn't let go. The plot is a captivating mix of heists, revenge, and action, which makes for a rollercoaster of a story. I grew to love each of the “Gentleman Bastards” (as the main group of thieves is so aptly named), and if you love a witty and intelligent main character, this book is the one for you.
- @MellyJelly of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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stewstealth
May 23, 2017

A good fantasy novel. The author is very descriptive in the settings with a good paced narrative. Would have liked a bit more character development for the antagonists. Worth reading if you enjoy the genre.

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“Just one question," said Locke. "I'll grant the Lamora part is easy to spot; the truth is, I didn't know about the apt translation when I took the name. I borrowed it from this old sausage dealer who was kind to me once, back in Catchfire before the plague. I just liked the way it sounded.
"But what" he said slowly, "ever gave you the idea that Locke was the first name I was actually born with?”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“Throwing blondes at Locke Lamora was not unlike throwing lettuce at sharks.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“I don't have to beat you. I don't have to beat you. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”

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