The Lies of Locke Lamora

Lynch, Scott, 1978-

Paperback - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Lies of Locke Lamora
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Vowing to bring down the crime boss running the city, a group of Gentlemen Bastards, led by Locke Lamora, sets out to beat the Capa at his own game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars, prostitutes, and thugs in the process.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2013]
Edition: Bantam mass mkt. ed
ISBN: 055358894X
9780553588941
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI L
Characteristics: 722 p. : map ; 18 cm.

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Young Locke Lamora comes up under the instruction of a con artist. Locke grows to lead band of thieves and is infamous for duping even the underworld’s most feared. But someone may be coming up behind him. Crime caper meets fantasy.


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Mar 04, 2015
  • GameboyAsh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love Locke Lamora! This series is so witty and clever. One of my top picks for a fantasy series.

Jan 31, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I picked up book three when it came out and then put it back when I realised it was part of a series. I made a point to remember the series and now, several years later, I've finally gotten around to reading it. WOW. It's like Pirates of the Caribbean meets Robin Hood meets Errol Flynn meets high fantasy. It's wonderfully original but it also just plain fun to read. I found myself forcibly stopping myself from reading too far ahead because I had to know what was going to happen next and how Locke and the rest of the Gentlemen Bastards were planning to get out of this mess.

The Gentleman Bastards are a group of thieves who steal for the fun of it. They steal only from the nobility but they do not give to the poor nor do they spend the massive amounts of coin they have stashed away. Locke Lamora, the leader, is a master liar, master of disguise, and master plotter. There are little flashbacks to the beginning of Locke's career as a thief and some other points of interest about the city state of Camorr and the Marrows themselves.

It is a fun and profane read (seriously, there's a lot of language and some of the insults and descriptions are quite inventive). There's plotting, swordfights, revenge, profit, friendship...everything you could wish for in a fantasy adventure. Very highly recommended.

May 04, 2014
  • nyseday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heard that there is a script being produced for a future movie. therefore I had to get the book first before seeing it on big screen. What a treat. Character development is superb. Flawlessly distributed humor, no way out situations described in a detail that only a seasoned master writer would be proud of. Overall, a very refreshing and original story.

Apr 11, 2014

Orphan thieves run amok. Locke is a runt among a band of child thieves purchased and enslaved and trained by a blind priest master-thief. As they grow older and more adept, Locke finds himself branded the Thorn of Camorr by the city authorities, and his exploits become increasingly bold and clever. Scott Lynch throws in lots of fun, skin-of-his-teeth adventures, with really great writing, and some unpredictable plot turns.

Apr 11, 2014
  • KCLSLibsRecommend rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Orphan thieves run amok. Locke is a runt among a band of child thieves purchased and enslaved and trained by a blind priest master-thief. As they grow older and more adept, Locke finds himself branded the Thorn of Camorr by the city authorities, and his exploits become increasingly bold and clever. Scott Lynch throws in lots of fun, skin-of-his-teeth adventures, with really great writing, and some unpredictable plot turns.

Jan 27, 2014
  • Katjira rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series is wonderful!! Fabulous characters, clever and twisting plots with unexpected results. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a great story with a good mix of fun, sadness, anger, camaraderie, and excitement.

Jan 22, 2014

"The Thiefmaker of Camorr sells street urchin Locke Lamora to a fake priest, setting the boy on the path to fame and fortune (of a sort). Locke grows up to be the "garrista" (leader) of the Gentlemen Bastards, a gang of crooks and con artists. Operating as the Thorn of Camorr, he pursues his ambition of becoming the greatest thief of all time - until a mysterious man called the Gray King becomes the new head of Camorr's criminal underworld and sets out to put an end to Locke Lamora through magic. This picaresque fantasy romp is the 1st book in the Gentleman Bastards series, which continues with Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves." Fantasy January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e88314ee-6fa8-4404-a4ca-a4434322a503?postId=6ada4461-b345-4148-b15d-3f13e91854b6

Dec 27, 2013
  • Cheetaiean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Takes a while to get accustomed to the flash backs and interruptions, but masterfully written. The end of the back was extremely suspenseful, it was crazy.

Apr 21, 2013

it was awesome. Bit of a drag on the description, but the story. it's awesome characters, plot twists and witty/dark/fun humour kept it going. A true masterpiece that i'll remember forever.

Sep 02, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I may kick myself at a later date for not giving this book a higher rating, but I presently can't. I have read a lot of the newer "dark fantasy" stuff the past year or so and I found this to be entertaining, but a bit light. The story is well written, and required quite a bit of big picture planning to pull off. I enjoyed the back and forth between origin story and the main story of the present. The characters, and their development, were a weakness for me. Having just read Joe Abercrombie, who really put you inside the hearts, heads and souls of his main characters, Locke and the Gentleman Bastards felt underwhelming. The dialogue wasn't fantastic, either. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. Compared to a lot of the fantasy books I've read over a lifetime, it does stand out as superior to quite a few. I plan to read the next in this series before giving up on Lynch entirely. There were enough good points to this book to follow Locke Lamora on one more adventure. I hope I am not disappointed.

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