Trailer ↠´ The Lies of Locke Lamora PDF by ð Scott Lynch Some day, Locke Lamora, he said, some day, you re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope I m still around to see it Oh please, said Locke It ll never happenHaha You gotta love Father Chains for his vivid imagination and if you actually read the entire book you might find yourself at a place where you have to agree with him XDBut I m getting ahead of myself here so I ll just start with my general opinion and will try to take it from there This book was amazing I m the first to admit that it had a rather slow start and that Scott Lynch put a lot of effort into his world building, the I read on the I could understand why he was so thorough with his descriptions though He set the stage, let us see how Locke s crew operated, gave us a good understanding about their close bond and offered us a brief glimpse at the machinations behind all their elaborate heists In short Lynch wrote a brilliant opening to an intriguing series and I can t wait to read book two If there are at least half as many twists and unexpected turns as there were in The Lies of Locke Lamora I ll be a than just happy camper lol I mean seriously, I loved all those characters and their cunning and deceiving ways XD Throughout the entire book I never knew what to expect and there were about a ton of Oh, shit moments that were shortly followed by Jeez NO and What happened now exclamations I confess that some of the happenings and casual revelations actually left me reeling and I found myself saying That s it That s exactly what I want to read often than I can count And boy did the shit hit the fan at the middle of the book I barely got a second to breathe and I continued to be breathless until the crescendo ended in a grande finale and the curtain eventually fell Yes, the second half of the book was THAT intense lol Anyway, enough of musical terms Let s go right to the characters The Characters Welcome to Camorr, the city that harbours questionable characters, morally grey individuals and a wide selection of rich nobles that quite literally beg to be robbed and spoiled If you re an innocent and clueless noble you better don t dwell all too long You might either end up relieved of the weight of your purse or even worse, you might end up being spoiled for the book This was a fair warning the rest is up to you P Father ChainsThere are only three people in life you can never fool pawnbrokers, whores, and your mother Since your mother s dead, I ve taken her place Hence, I m bullshit proofI really loved that guy His observations and statements were so funny and accurate and boy was he a clever man I mean he basically invented The Gentleman Bastards and made them the crew they are when we first set eyes on them He might have been harsh to his boys but it was obvious that he only wanted the best for them and I guess in his own way he really cared about them too I can t help but wonder what happened to him though We only read about him in flashbacks and memories so it s kind of self explanatory that he s dead How exactly he died was never mentioned though Maybe this mystery will be solved in book two and we ll find out about Sabetha too She s still such a mystery XDLocke LamoraYou re one third bad intentions, one third pure avarice, and one eight sawdust What s left, I ll credit, must be brainsJThat s Jean s description of Locke and to some degree I have to agree with his words lol I think Locke is definitely a whole lot brains than he gave him credit for though I really loved this character He might be a thief but he was a gentleman too and he had his heart at the right place which is the most important thing For Locke it never was about the money, it was all about the fun he had with his heists and brothers You might say it was the scheming and plotting that made him happy To create a plan and to actually execute it in the end The money they gained from it was just secondary Locke s character arc was really intriguing because at the beginning it s all about the heist and the fun, but the moment the Grey King appears everything changes and gets dark Well, and after the Grey King took away the only thing he ever cared about his heart and mind are set on vengeance and vengeance alone I ve to admit that I loved that angry Locke too and the I read about his complex character the I loved himIf he was going to save them, he had to play the Grey King until the Capa was finished with him, and then he would pray for a quick and easy death Let Locke Lamora just vanish one night let his friends slip away to whatever better fate awaited them I will have the Grey King, and if all the powers of Camorr and Karthain and Hell itself oppose me, it will be nothing nothing but a longer trail of corpses between me and your master Jean TannenHell yes, cried Bug I knew there was a reason I let you lead this gang Well, I can t argue with the manifest wisdom of the boy that jumps off temple roofs But I trust my points are noted, said Jean Very noted, said Locke Received, recognised, and duly considered with the utmost gravity Sealed, notarised, and firmly imprinted upon my rational essence I loved the bond between Jean and Locke I don t know how it happened that they got so close but it was obvious that they are like family to each other After reading the entire book I have the feeling that I still don t know Jean all too well but I m pretty sure Scott Lynch had his reasons to keep his character vague Maybe we ll read about him in the next book and I d be totally fine with this Alone the fact that he s quite literally Locke s hatchet man was enough to make me curious and I truly hope my curiosity will be sated in the next bookI don t have to fight or run, he crackled I changed the rules of the game I just have to keep you here asshole Here until Jean gets backThe Sanza TwinsIf you do end up in danger, Locke, said Calo, you must understand that we will ignore the orders of our garrista, and we ll bludgeon our friend on the back of his thick skull and smuggle him out of Camorr in a box I have just the bludgeon for the job And I have a box, said Galdo Been hoping for an excuse to use it for years, really Those two were so amazing They grew on me so fast and then the ending happened and I was like NOOOOOOO It s so rare to read about twins in books and I really would have loved to see of them Unfortunately it seems like Scott Lynch had other plans and the funny Sanza twins had to disappear TT I loved that they would have done everything in order to save Locke and I know he loved them very much I swear I cried real tears when he found them dead at the temple It broke my heart They would have deserved so much better than that Locke was true to his word though, he really made them and Bug the biggest death offering Camorr ever saw and I love him even for it 3And I had to get rid of the moustache in a hurry, said Locke And damned if he didn t scream when Jean did the honours, said Calo Like a Sanza brother in an empty whorehouse Locke made a rude gesture at Calo Calo mimed aiming and loosing a crossbow at him in return.
The Grey KingBut you could have settled for simple theft, said Locke I would have given it all to keep Calo and Galdo and Bug alive I would have given it all, had you put it to me like that What thief does not fight to hold what he has One that has something better, said Locke.
I really disliked the Grey King and the Bondsmage made my blood boil with anger They were both such arrogant and self righteous numpties I swear when Locke decided to take them down I cheered for him and even though he had to pay a high price for his actions I still think it was worth it Bug, Calo and Galdo were worth it I think what shook me the most about the Grey King and his lackey was the simple fact that they just did it because they could I mean Locke never did them any harm, yet they destroyed his entire life and killed the people he cared about It was so senseless The Bondsmage obviously enjoyed to have the power over other people and relished to torture on behalf of the Grey King, so I have absolutely no pity for him Was it drastic what Locke and Jean did Yes Was it wrong Yes, definitely Did the Grey King and the Bondsmage deserve it I m inclined to say yes, because let s face it if Locke and Jean wouldn t have done what they did their lives would have been forfeit the moment the Bondsmage got rid of his shackles I think they actually didn t have any other choice if they wanted to survive The SpiderI have always found the presumptions of others to be the best possible disguise haven t youHa I knew who the spider was the moment she appeared It was a clever disguise but not clever enough to fool me XD I m just glad that she believed Locke and listened to him and I think they made an interesting pair What I loved the most about their interactions was their mutual respect though They could appreciate the skill of each other even though they lived in totally different worlds and were enemies It was nice to see that Locke s opponent was as cunning and artful as he was and it gave the story a really nice touch Whilst the Grey King was all brutality and cruel force in the end, the spider remained conniving and prudent and I really liked that about her Conclusion This plane might have taken quite a while until it took off, but boy, did it take off in the end The I think about it the I have to admit that this story was brilliantly executed and I can only take a bow and congratulate Scott Lynch for writing such a complex, detailed and elaborate book It s another month and since March just started I m once again trying to reduce my TBR with my own blog meme Hugs n kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus Messrs.
This time around I chose The Lies of Locke Lamora and I m so happy I m finally going to read this book.
I wanted to read it for ages but never had the time and now that I did my monthly blog meme I have no other choice than to go through with it Which, truth be told, is awesome lol An infamous thief, his morally gray gang and a dangerous and bloody coup Say no , because I m so here for this P Ocean s Eleven was great and everything, but know what would ve made it cooler If the setting had been during the late middle ages, possibly the Renaissance Better yet, a fantasy world version of the Renaissance with an intricate system of magic and a complex set of political conspiracies to add some flair And what if the city was built upon the ruins of an earlier city, and the earlier city was built by some enigmatic science fiction creatures that have since disappeared And if instead of a handsome, tepid and understated George Clooney in the lead, we had a short guy who can t swordfight a whit, and has a bit of an anger management issue And he drops unexpected one liners that make you literally laugh out loud while you re in the breakroom at work and suddenly everyone is looking at you like you re psycho What if the character went to the Mel Gibson school of Masochism, requiring he gets beat to a bloody pulp and stabbed and drowned in horse urineoh, I don t know.
several times per story arc How about this character we ll call him Locke is absolutely fallible and occasionally screws up on a cosmic level The kind of screw up that would get someone less clever killed in mere seconds And what if, improbably, this protagonist somehow escapes and still in a manner of speaking wins That sounds like fun But, it COULD end up a little predictable So, the author should be a recent graduate of the George R R Martin School of Bumping Off Prominent Characters Yes, these schools do exist And the con game Locke is building should hit tons of snags that continue raising the stakes and drawing in new, dangerous characters, increasing the risk until you just can t stop reading even to put out house fires for the last couple hundred pages And then, when somehow the Gentlemen Bastards emerge on the other side, coated in their own blood and the blood of others, triumphant, you put the book down and say Wow Further How about, even though the book is the first book in a ridiculously long series, this hypothetical book is a complete story For those of you who read a lot of Very Long Fantasy Serieses, this may be a foreign concept It may help to wiki the words climax and resolution When you finish this one, you aren t forced to keep reading in order to find out how the conflict is resolved You actually know That sounds pretty cool Well, it is cool It is witty, profane, violent, over the top, and frequently hilarious I can t believe this is Scott Lynch s first novel, and I can t wait to read This is an incredibly fun adventure novel Find yourself a copy and read it.
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 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 Is Neither Blind Nor A PriestA Con Artist Of Extraordinary Talent, Chains Passes His Skills On To His Carefully Selected Family Of Orphans A Group Known As The Gentlemen Bastards Under His Tutelage, Locke Grows To Lead The Bastards, Delightedly Pulling Off One Outrageous Confidence Game After Another Soon He Is Infamous As The Thorn Of Camorr, And No Wealthy Noble Is Safe From His StingPassing Themselves Off As Petty Thieves, The Brilliant Locke And His Tightly Knit Band Of Light Fingered Brothers Have Fooled Even The Criminal Underworld S Most Feared Ruler, Capa Barsavi But There Is Someone In The Shadows Powerful And Ambitious Than Locke Has Yet Imagined Known As The Gray King, He Is Slowly Killing Capa Barsavi S Most Trusted Men And Using Locke As A Pawn In His Plot To Take Control Of Camorr S Underworld With A Bloody Coup Under Way Threatening To Destroy Everyone And Everything That Holds Meaning In His Mercenary Life, Locke Vows To Beat The Gray King At His Own Brutal Game Or Die Trying DNF I dunno maybe I ll try again at a later date This is strange because it wasn t because I didn t like this book but that I didn t have any drive to finish it I had no connection with any of the characters and I found myself not caring about the story either.
5 Years laterPast Regan was so wrong this book was SO GOOD 2.
5 starsmaybe a full 3 I m having such a hard time with how I feel about this book I was looking for another fantasy heist book like The Palace Job, and The Lies of Locke Lamora has so many great reviews that I thought it would be an easy win for me.
Ehhh Yes and no But mostly no.
Let me be the first to admit that the problems I had with this one Well, they might be exactly why every other reader loved it It took me forever to get through this It felt like years went by while I tried to get to The Good Stuff I know that a lot of you love books that give detailed descriptions of the character s surroundings I know, I know, I know Please, for the love of God, don t spam my review thread with your comments on how I just don t understand the beauty of the lush world Lynch built.
I most certainly do understand, but I don t enjoy reading about what material a character s coat is made out of unless it will somehow be relevant later on in the story.
Here s my rule on this sort of thing Unless the fact that the gently swaying purple flower s fragrance made WhoTheFuckEver do say remember something important that will move the plot forward Well, then I don t even need to know that there was a fucking purple flower And, yes, I do like the world I m reading about to feel complete and real, but there s only so much I can personally take.
This book tested my patience.
There was so muchjust irrelevant crap on every page that I started skimming in earnest by the 50% mark I hate skimming, because I always think I m going to miss something, but I had to do it, or I would never have finished.
Another thing that bothered me were all the fucking flashbacks.
Because EVERY TIME shit would start to get interesting, you d have to go back and read about their childhoods That would have been fine,ifall of these flashbacks were interesting They weren t.
It was a 50 50 split between relevant stories of their past and boring bullshit filler that had a speck of pertinent information So.
The core of the story is clever, funny, charming, heart wrenching, and funonce you scrape away about half of the words.
I mean, the plot would easily have made this a 5 star book for me EASILY It s well written, it s lovely, it made me feel things But when I went to request the next book, I found myself sort of shuddering at the thought of slogging through any of these guys adventures.
I m not the kind of reader who can truly enjoy this kind of book, but maybe you are There are lots of glowing reviews for this one, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a love child of Ocean s Eleven and The Godfather With blood, deaths, betrayals, money, and drowning in horse urine With a sh tload of non PG humor All for the price of one And it s SO GOODSome day, Locke Lamora, he said, some day, you re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope that I m still around to see itWarning If you are not a fan of strong language, you should back away slowly from this book It gleefully takes the f bombs and casually throws them around But, as the author has mentioned before, foul language is the least issue of this book full of violence, blood, and drowning in horse piss Regardless, consider yourselves warned Add the above together, and you have Camorr A lovely place to raise children.
Locke Lamora, our lovable antihero, would like you to believe he s nothing than a petty thief Well, not so much He is the Thorn of Camorr, puling one heist after another on the unsuspecting, secure in their birth nobles of his medieval Venice like city Until one day he gets in way over his head.
There are plenty of people who would love to see him dead if they could ever figure out who the hell he isThere s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimatedLocke Lamora is a Gentleman Bastard who doesn t care much about becoming rich So why does he steal on a truly grandiose scale Of course,because it s heaps of fucking funAnd because he is not a fan of nobles feeling invincible just because they are nobles He loves being a Thorn in their side and giving them the taste of their own medicineSometimes I think this whole city was put here simply because the gods must adore crime Pickpockets rob the common folk, merchants rob anyone they can dupe, Capa Barsavi robs the robbers and the common folk, the lesser nobles rob nearly everyone, and Duke Nicovante occasionally runs off with his army and robs the shit out of Tal Verarr or Jerem, not to mention what he does to his own nobles and his common folkLocke is a proverbial smartass He is stubborn, clever, and disrespectful Basically, he has a knack for attracting trouble After all, someone has already paid for his death before Locke even turned eight He is not so great with weapons unless you count wits, sheer tenacity, and enormous disrespect for authority What he IS great with is friendship He gets by with a little help from his friends, so to sayI don t have to beat you I don t have to beat you, motherfucker I just have to keep you here until Jean shows upLocke Lamora has only one BERSERK BUTTON unless you also count a certain redhead DO.
Seriously, you don t want Locke Lamora pissed at you view spoiler Just ask the Gray King hide spoiler It s not often I read a book that makes me forget I m a writer too This one succeeded, madly It stole hours of sleep It wrapped me in cozy myth It gave me the blessing of feeling like a kid again, snuggled up with a book, wondering how the hell 10pm became 4am Find Buy Consume.
5 5 StarsDouble Fuckdamn 1 For postponing reading this book for a really long time 2 For underestimating Scott Lynch s capability to create such a strong debut novelThere s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimatedTogether with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Malice by John Gwynne, The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first book in The Gentleman Bastard Sequence series is one of the best DEBUT novels I ever read Don t get me wrong, the series I mentioned are completely different with each other but in terms of debut quality, I love and praise them equally.
Picture Locke Lamora overlooking the city of CamorrThe plot of the book started out slow and at the same time, with a bang Following a group of elite con artists called The Gentleman Bastards, lead by their leader Locke Lamorathe infamous Thorn of Camorr , the story begins with the gang trying to pull off the biggest heist they ever attempted before eventually getting caught up in something much bigger than they signed up for At first, the book is really full of dark humor and may seem light hearted but then as the story progressed, the undertone of the story became darker as the plot s complexity and intensity grew gradually leading towards a marvelous climax sequence Scott Lynch has created a multi layered story filled with the whole package required for a masterpiece within one book, I really think this book could work great as a standalone but for it to be a series it s really a fucking bonus Although this book is highly plot driven, please don t let this trick you into thinking that the characters aren t well written or scarce in development.
The book is structured in a similar way to The Kingkiller Chronicle where the narrative shifts between the present and past sections However, contrary to KKC, this situation happened really often and Scott Lynch used the interludes as the past sections These interludes are at the end of almost every chapter and it s where all the character background, personality, developments and some aspects of the world building were explored The juxtaposition of these two narratives created a superlative result in bringing not only a greatly written story but also a very addictive pacing Seriously, it started out a bit slow but after around 100 pages mark, it was pretty much impossible to stop reading as the plot thickens I actually read 300 pages of the book in a day right after getting back from work, sleeping hours were sacrificed and did I regret it No, I ll gladly do it again during my reread of this book.
Picture The Gentleman Bastards up to no goodFrench edition cover The Gentleman Bastards is probably one of the most compelling gangs I ever had the pleasure of knowing out of every medium I ever experienced Consisting of six members who were trained by Father Chains, Locke Lamora, the garrista leader of the group, Jean Tannen, the brute, Calo and Galdo Sanza, the jack of all trades identical twins, Bug, the overlooked young apprentice and Sabetha doesn t make an appearance in the book , their genius schemes, brotherhood, and interactions is an immensely fun experience to read Within the first 100 pages and I m already in love with the members of the gang already It s an also rare occurrence that I literally laughed out loud during the usual high fantasy books I read but these characters managed to do it several times throughout the book with their amazingly humorous banter I was going to put a quote here but I seriously think it s better for you to find out by yourself, they re all golden.
Picture The Gentleman Bastards in CamorrJapanese edition cover I need to give a bit of a reminder about Scott Lynch s prose There s a myriad of swearing, cursed words, and mockery I never even had the imagination to ever think of, this book is pretty much infested with them I personally love them because believe it or not, they re really eloquent, full of sass and apt for the overall story and setting of the book The prose in every factor of the book is very intricate, the heists, the BLOODY actions, the dialogues, politics but most of all, it s really evident in the world building aspect.
I can t stress this highly enough, the world building in this book is REALLY detailed The entire setting of the book took place in the city of Camorr, which is clearly based on medieval Venice with its canals and lights that illuminate the city during a period of night time called Falselight The setting itself, mixed with elements of fantasy is really gorgeous and breathtaking With the addition of the bloody history of Camorr, the stylish fashions and the intricate description on food and liquors appearances and tastes, Scott Lynch did a really fantastic job in its world building However, this is also the only factor in the book where I had a minor problem with Some of the world building aspects can be really info dumpy and they re spread throughout the book that it hurts the pacing a bit when it happened cause I should reread the paragraph sometimes Luckily, when it s there, it s always only for a short section before the pacing is back in full throttle again so it doesn t really hurt my overall experience.
I could tell you that this book is overrated or it doesn t meet my expectation but that statement would be called The Lies of Petrik Leo since right now, not only that I personally think it deserved the fame it gets, The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of the best debut novels I ever read It will be really hard for the rest of the series to top this one but I m eager to find out, soon after posting this review Hopefully, the rest of the series will continue to awe me the same with its ingenious content that never fails to steal my attention from cover to cover This is a great tale of avarice and brotherhood you don t want to miss and I absolutely recommend this for every reader of adult high fantasy that s looking for something original, engrossing, bloody and fun in their read Side note Locke Lamora is one of the best name I ever heard in my entire life.
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My legs are so toned from climbing the stairs back to a higher moral ground after reading this book but I would still throw the version of myself who hasn t picked it up sooner down a set of stairs because this was the most fun I had in a while why did I deprive myself of it No really Is anything as pure as a heist book Is anything as good and exciting and forthright as a heist book, I ask you So, what s this book about The Lies of Locke Lamora, not so delicately traces the path back to the past of Locke Lamora, beginning with The Thiefmaker who after waking up to the realization that the Lamora orphan could be underestimated only at great peril to one s health sells him to Chains, the faking Eyeless Priest Chains takes Locke under his criminal wing in what could only be considered a spectacular act of deathbed vengeance, and for years, he represses Locke s unrelenting and oftentimes fatal capacity for conniving and instead, guides him into cultivating a keenly honed ability to bullshit, wide eyed and plausibly and at the drop of a hat Then it travels back to the present day where Locke and his band of oddly pleasant crazy thieves are in the midst of their latest and biggest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr.
With each successful con, fate s bowstring seems to be drawing taut and Locke heck, even the reader is waiting for the moment when all hell breaks loose For many pages, hell seems content to stay bound.
until Camorr s long, dark time tracks Locke down The newly arrived Gray King is assassinating gang leaders and the secret police of Camorr s legendary Spider is hunting down Locke.
The city of Camorr has upended the board, and Locke Lamora is one of the scattered pieces Locke soon finds out that one can only get so far on their aptitude to bullshit aloneSomeday, Locke Lamora, he said, someday, you re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope I m still around to see it Oh please, said Locke It ll never happenThe Lies of Locke Lamora is like, a grown up version of Six of Crows with an enduring sense of larcenous fun, a torrent of polysyllabic profanity and dark madcap humor, but to my eternal dismayless women And while Kaz Brekker comes off as a grizzled, hard bitten, 40 year old black and white film noir anti hero crammed into the body of a teenager, Locke Lamora is pretty much the oppositeand with much chill.
The story runs non linearly, jumping back and forth between the past and the present, and shades in between The effect was disorienting at first as the story sometimes overspills the bounds of its plot and I would often find myself drifting between intrigued and indifferent But quick as a magician s sleight of hand, The Lies of Locke Lamora knocks the bottom out of that casual disinterest within a handful of chapters A reader s mileage may, of course, vary on this point Those quibbles aside, there s a great deal to enjoy in The Lies of Locke Lamora The world of Camorr is solidly crafted and bursting with detail and the vivid, oftentimes violent, action unfolds slowly, propelled by political machinations and anchored in complex character development It s heavy stuff, full of blood and murder and a terrible clear eyed certainty that Locke s reckoning had finally come, but it s leavened by the snarking banter between the leads Seriously, this book is hilarious The Lies of Locke Lamora also has magic in bounds and mysteries by the minute and the best part is that just when you think you ve seen the explosion and let your guard down a little, another one happens There are moments of victory where I whooped with joy, and there are moments of absolute terror, where everything seems as though it will fall apart And I think this book works because Locke is such an interesting character, and the author constantly keeps you off guard as to his truths and intent.
I also loved how the author never takes the easy way out He puts many obstacles both physical and emotional in the characters path, tortures the hell out of them and makes them better characters for it Locke is one brilliant son of a bitch he seems unthreatening and eccentric, until one understood what deep power lay behind his frail facade However, he s not beyond going under, pulled along by currents he can t control and do not understand, carried out to a larger, unknown sea And I think that s where this book was successful than Six of Crows the world did not always bend to Locke Lamora, it did not always fit into his order of things and that felt a lot realistic To us richer and cleverer than everyone else I personally think this was a triumph of a novel I never know where Lynch is going to take us, in this world of thieves and blood and revenge, but I am than happy to continue along the journey with him wishlist blog twitter tumblr So, I was surprised to discover we owned this book, since it s a very well known book but nobody in my house had ever mentioned it to me.
Turns out my wife bought it, tried it, found it too slow, and gave up I ve convinced her to give it another go.
I enjoyed Locke Lamora and his lies quite a bit Immediately I liked the writing, which combines wit with solid prose Like my wife I hit a bit of a soft patch early on, though for me it was that I was finding the point of view very surface sharing almost nothing of Locke s thoughts or desires, leaving him a bit of a blank Lots of fantasy fans quite like a blank to project themselves onto but I m not one of them Fortunately Locke s personality continued to develop and the point of view seemed to settle a little deeper into him as things progressed.
The real strengths of the book are the plotting, the dialogue, and the atmosphere The dialogue banter brings the Gentlemen Bastards to life, the plotting keeps the reader on their toes, and the city is very well imagined.
I was surprised to find that the light hearted tone set primarily by the banter between Locke s gang actually allows a slew of quite dark themes scenes to slide past with less impact than they might have The child prostitution, the gruesome torture scenes, and the mutilation dealt out by our hero are all absent in my own d but which is often called out for being very dark.
In any event, I found it to be a rewarding read, well written, and entertaining I d recommend any fantasy fan to give it a try Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.