The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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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

Baker & Taylor
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.

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Vowing to bring down the omnipotent crime boss running the city, a group of Gentlemen Bastards, led by the eccentric Locke Lamora, sets out to beat the Capa at his own criminal game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars, prostitutes, and thugs in the process. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2007, c2006
Edition: Bantam mass market ed
ISBN: 9780553588941
Branch Call Number: SF LYNCH
Characteristics: 722 p. : map ; 18 cm


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jasoneshoup Apr 28, 2017

Simply one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Absolutely outstanding.

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Hillsboro_RobP Jan 08, 2019

A tale of fantastic thievery not to be missed for genre fans of Rothfuss, Martin and others. Lynch works very hard on his writing, and agonizes deeply over the plot and this comes out in both the quality and the finely-tuned plot. Still, I don't think it quite delivers on the satisfying ending one would expect from a heist novel but there's more than enough brilliant creativity and engrossing detail to make us, the poor reader, queue up for the sequels.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 14, 2018

Part high fantasy, part heist/caper...this is a pretty cool read. Wish there were more female characters tho!

sundanced Jul 13, 2018

A clever fantasy heist story with swashbuckling hero con men taking center stage. Filled with adventure, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

Oct 04, 2017

This fantasy novel blends a rich and descriptive world with a compelling band of characters. While I found that the first 30% or so tended to drag on slightly because of the amount of setup Lynch had to prepare, the following 70% of the book draws you in and doesn't let go. The plot is a captivating mix of heists, revenge, and action, which makes for a rollercoaster of a story. I grew to love each of the “Gentleman Bastards” (as the main group of thieves is so aptly named), and if you love a witty and intelligent main character, this book is the one for you.
- @MellyJelly of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 23, 2017

A good fantasy novel. The author is very descriptive in the settings with a good paced narrative. Would have liked a bit more character development for the antagonists. Worth reading if you enjoy the genre.

jasoneshoup Apr 28, 2017

Simply one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Absolutely outstanding.

This is a hearty stew of adventure, magic, thievery and con games within con games worthy of The Sting. It is also an extremely unconventional coming-of-age story and a commentary on societal justice with nuggets of wisdom such as “You can’t help being young, but it’s past time that you stopped being stupid.” and “Most common folk outside the city don’t own their own land any more than city renters own their buildings. An old soldier with a tenancy gets a nice spot of land to farm until he dies; it’s a sort of allowance from the duke.” Chains chuckled. “Given in exchange for one’s youth and health.” The group of thieves at the heart of this tale don’t even have a use for all the money they’ve stolen; they are more interested in taking it from the upper crust who think they are untouchable balancing the scales of justice so to speak.

ArapahoeKathrynR Nov 18, 2016

If you are itching for the new Patrick Rothfuss or G.R.R.Martin book - this book will be right up your alley. Clever and fun, this Fantasy Crime thriller combines the best of two worlds to make for an excellent read!

Dec 22, 2015

Such a fun read! Its like a medieval heist version of the Oceans movies. It does get bloody in a few spots but it doesn't go as far as Game of Thrones. I really loved watching the relationship between the characters and found myself wishing to see more stories of this amazing band of thieves! The sequels are good too though I think this is still my favorite. :)

Nov 02, 2015

The book is well-written, and Lynch has tremendous powers of description. However, all of the characters were so amoral (up to Part II, at least) that I couldn't develop any attachment to them, so I gave up. I may try again some day.

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Jul 07, 2016

“Just one question," said Locke. "I'll grant the Lamora part is easy to spot; the truth is, I didn't know about the apt translation when I took the name. I borrowed it from this old sausage dealer who was kind to me once, back in Catchfire before the plague. I just liked the way it sounded.
"But what" he said slowly, "ever gave you the idea that Locke was the first name I was actually born with?”

Jul 07, 2016

“Throwing blondes at Locke Lamora was not unlike throwing lettuce at sharks.”

Jul 07, 2016

“I don't have to beat you. I don't have to beat you. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up.”

Jul 07, 2016

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”


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