The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
(The Gentleman Bastard Sequence)

81%

14 Critic Reviews

The pacing of the story is excellent. It flows from past to present, and scene to scene, as smoothly as one might expect from a hardened, seasoned writer. Scott Lynch's prose are sharp, witty, and timed to perfection.
-Examiner

Synopsis

“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


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About Scott Lynch

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SCOTT LYNCH lives in Wisconsin with a small menagerie of household critters. He moonlights as a volunteer firefighter. This is his third novel, following The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies.






























































Author Residence: New Richmond, WI






























































Author Hometown: St. Paul, MN
 
Published June 27, 2006 by Spectra. 752 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Cooking. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Lies of Locke Lamora
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Examiner

Excellent
on Oct 05 2012

You'll wish you could visit Camorr and maybe try some of that alchemically enhanced brandy...or then again, maybe not.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Leah Madrigal on Jul 23 2012

The pacing of the story is excellent. It flows from past to present, and scene to scene, as smoothly as one might expect from a hardened, seasoned writer. Scott Lynch's prose are sharp, witty, and timed to perfection.

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SF Site

Below average

The explicit carnage exceeded my personal tastes -- getting so bloody that it eventually seemed silly.

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SF Site

Good

There are plenty of tantalizing threads left dangling, making the reader look forward to the next book in the series.

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SFFWorld.com

Good
Reviewed by Karen Burnham on Nov 03 2006

...there are plenty of questions left to be answered. Some of them have the potential to fall into pure fantasy cliché territory, but after seeing Lynch’s deft handling of this beginning chapter...I certainly will be giving him the benefit of the doubt and looking for the second book...

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Chamber Four

Good
on Feb 08 2012

Rich characters, an immersive world, and strong plot puts Lynch in the elite company of George R.R. Martin and the like.

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Strange Horizons

Above average
on Jun 26 2006

The Lies of Locke Lamora has the trappings of what could be an enjoyable summer novel—not much depth, but a whole heck of a lot of fun.

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Boomtron

Excellent
on May 26 2006

A true-page turner with no need to apologize for the fact and decisively the most significant debut of the fantastic this year.

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Geek Speak

Above average

An intriguing and enjoyable story, with shades of Ocean’s Eleven, but with a few flaws (as one might expect from a debut novel).

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Shades of Sentience

Excellent
on Oct 01 2009

YES Lynch does his very best to the point where you’re flinching and biting your bottom lip… but put that all together and you have, in my opinion, the best book I’ve read all year.

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Vivid Scribe

Good
on Jan 23 2012

The Lies of Locke Lamora is an absolute thrill to read.

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http://bestfantasybooks.com

Above average

Lynch’s wit is ever present, dry, sardonic and clever but without compromising the unique voices of the characters.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
on Jan 02 2011

Fantasy or not, this is something different, something memorable and a fantastic way to spend the ten days leading up to the New Year!

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
on Mar 21 2012

Once I finally did open it, though, I was thrilled to find a dark fantasy story with the tight, twisting plot of a two-fisted crime novel.

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