Semi-Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch


Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Author: Scott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Publisher: Banton Spectra

Published: July 27, 2006

Page Amount: 499 pages

Goodreads Summary: 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 that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…

Why I Read:  Simple. This has been on my TBR for something ridiculous ranging on years. I have meant to read it for as long as I can remember – and yet it’s never really made so much of an impact in my memory that I want to seek it out. Cue English book store in the Hague and chance. As of yet, I am still making my way through it so instead of a review, I’m here to offer my first impressions.

First Impressions:  So far? I love the writing style. It has that intense heart-pounding moment to moment build that keeps you coming back to read chapter after next. The characters are built up in this interesting way of switching back and forth between past and present. I’m adoring it. Dual perspectives are some of my favourite ways of telling a story anyhow, so combine that with a crime and cliffhangers? You’ve got me.

I’m about halfway through at the moment, and if I’m being honest – I am feeling more than a little attached to everyone. I love the crime bosses, their underlings and of course Locke Lamora. Each has their own distinct (if not horrifying) story to tell and I can only hope they all play some role in the story to come.

I don’t doubt this is known as one of the better told high fantasy stories out there and I’m beyond excited to find out what lies ahead. Someone should remind me that while biking as a commute is the greatest thing ever, it also dramatically lessens my reading time. And as someone who is currently binge watching iZombie like it’s no tomorrow – my time to keep up with high fantasy is limited. Only two episodes left and I’ll be able to dedicate my time to Locke Lamora once more!

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