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The Lies of Locke Lamora

Written by Scott Lynch

Average Score: 87(8)

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 priest. A 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 sting.

Passing 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 more powerful–and more 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.…

From the Hardcover edition.

Book Details

Mass Market Paperback, 752 Pages
Published by Spectra on June 26, 2007
First Published by Bantam in 2006
ISBN-10 055358894X
ISBN-13 978-0553588941


SF Reviews | Thomas M. Wagner
Review Rating: 100
What an extravagant and irresistibly fattening twelve-course banquet this book is. Everything comes together in a way every novel should, yet so few do.
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SFRevu | John Berlyne
Review Rating: 100
It's an awesome debut, powerful and dangerous, romantic and relentless and it absolutely lives up to the hype.
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SF Reader | K. Feete
Review Rating: 90
Join me in hoping the sequel will be out soon. You won't regret it.
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The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 90
The story is told skillfully and economically. Lynch knows how to show, not tell.
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Fantasy Literature | Amanda Rutter
Review Rating: 88
...it is a cracking piece of storytelling and I envy those who are about to embark on it for the first time.
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 80
What The Lies of Locke Lamora is, however, is one ripping good yarn!
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Strange Horizons | Victoria Hoyle
Review Rating: 80
pros and cons fairly weighed, it has and does everything an outstanding fantasy should: it creates an elaborate world, intricate with intrigue, introduces a rake of a hero, with requisite companions, and sets in motion a series of events set to carry its narrative momentum into a sequel and, happily, beyond. It doesn't hurt that it is also incorrigibly funny, and desperately dark-hearted.
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Neth Space | Neth
Review Rating: 75
It is simply a great story -- action packed, full of humor, hate and revenge.
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