The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

By Scott Lynch

  • Release Date: 2006-06-27
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
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From 503 Ratings
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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.
 
Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora
 
“Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”—George R. R. Martin
 
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

“A unique fantasy milieu peopled by absorbing, colorful characters . . . Locke’s wit and audacity endear him to victims and bystanders alike.”The Seattle Times
 
“A true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf . . . Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“High-octane fantasy . . . a great swashbuckling yarn of a novel.”—Richard Morgan

From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

  • Tyrion Lannister + Kvothe = Locke Lamora

    5
    By The Thankful Fan
    This book was fantastic. Lynch does a great job of making you invested in his plots and his characters. For me, having read ASOIAF and The Kingkiller Chronicles before reading this, I feel Locke Lamora’s character is like Tyrion and Kvothe all rolled into one. I enjoyed the flow of this book’s magic system, and history. Present day Camorri society is the initial focus, but as the book progresses, Lynch opens up this world to the reader through flashbacks and asides. Also this books hilarious, and gritty at times. I loved it, and I’m excited to start Book 2: “Red Skies Under Red Seas”.
  • Well defined new world, riveting story

    5
    By GatorPMHNP
    Fantastically created and completely spell binding. I'm buying the sequel right now.
  • Great read

    5
    By mburshteyn
    Engaging and thrilling.
  • Good, not great

    3
    By tas237
    I heard a lot of great things about this book, and to be fair, my expectations may have been too high. This is still a decent story. However, I had two big issues which detracted from enjoyment. First, was the excessive wordiness of the author that, at times, felt amateurish. Second, an ending which seemed rushed and conveniently handled. Those things meant to feel like surprises were underwhelming, not surprising, & left me saying, "that's it?". Based off the average, mundane feeling I was left with at the ending, I don't think I'd read another book from this author.
  • Serious readers will love this!

    5
    By RedRandAlThor
    If you enjoy reading 1000+ (printed) page fantasy, you will love this. Smart, fun, witty, and irreverent...If you devour lengthy fantasy series’ you will be satisfied by this read for sure. I have only read this first book, thus far, yet am confident that the remainder will be solid. The reveiws I've read about the remainder of the series bolster my confidence. Read and enjoy!
  • Not the best

    2
    By Fanofbook
    Not the best book i have read to bad
  • A book of truly evil genius

    5
    By DD1234567
    Great book, the characters bend morality with gleeful abandon and you can't help rooting for these "heroes"(?). Besides the main storyline there are a lot of small unanswered statements and loose threads that make it seem like there is a much bigger story coming. Really looking forward to the next installments
  • This is a great adventure story.

    5
    By MyDarnSnakeLegs
    These gentlemen are fun to read about.
  • Five stars

    5
    By pip0478
    I absolutely loved this book. It was fun to read from beginning to end. Do yourself a favor and read it immediately.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By dewber23
    Surprisingly engaging and well-paced for a first time author. Very polished introduction to a pseudo-historical epic series. Great character development, while fast moving--the story never gets bogged down in background.

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