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…
Full Book Review: I’ve already written a miniature review the on the basics of why I really enjoyed this book so incredibly much. But I’ll do a brief finishing detail. If I had to be narrow it down to the basics – the encompassing theme that really bit its teeth in me, it would be the character of Locke Lamora. I know that the name is the title so perhaps it should have been more evident to me from the onset. However, that doesn’t change the fact that his character was the reason that I adored this novel.
He’s sarcastic, funny and horrendously clever: the perfect thief and conman. As the reader, we get to watch his evolution from young crook to Gentlemen Bastard. Nothing is left out. We get to learn everything about where he came from, and how he turned into the thief that he is “at present.” The book jumps around in that sense from Lamora’s childhood to his adulthood, and from different perspectives even within the wide host of characters. Without spoiling anything, I can say that each POV is important and you should pay attention to them all!
I have already downloaded the sequel and I cannot wait to get a chance to find out the further adventures of the Gentleman Bastards. Highly recommended.
“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”
“We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.”
Rating: 4.6/5 Stars