The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 2006.
ISBN: 9780553804676
Branch Call Number: FIC LYNCH
Characteristics: 499 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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The city of Camorr is a little like Renaissance Venice: emphasis on the thieves, assassins, spies, pickpockets, shark-fighting gladiators … A violent, profane crime novel set in a crazy magical world.

An engaging and banter-filled fantasy featuring a vividly realized world and well-layered characters. The thievery, wit, and dubious morals make this a perfect match for House Greyjoy.

Oceans Eleven meets Game of Thrones. Scott Lynch's tale of Locke Lamora, the 'Thorn of Camorr', prodigious thief, legendary con-artist, priest of the Crooked Warden and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards crime syndicate.

The hero of this tale is a ruthlessly roguish conman and master thief living his best life with his best friends, right up until it all unravels. There’s humor in the sparkling dialogue, but at its heart, this is an Ocean’s 11-esque, multi-level caper set in a richly depicted renaissance city peo... Read More »

The first in the Gentleman Bastards series, these novels are full of mystery, intrigue, richly-drawn characters and excellent dialogue. They follow Locke, a young boy who turns to thievery to avoid death and slavery, and becomes infamous for his deeds and misdeeds.

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Sep 04, 2020

Book 1 - ^
Book 2 - Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book 3 - The Republic of Thieves
Book 4 - The Thorn of Emberlain NOT PUBLISHED YET (Sep'20)

multcolib_susannel Jul 17, 2020

Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival where nothing and no one are what they seem.

Apr 28, 2020

I read the first two books, and they were exceptional. The plot can get rather mindbending at times, but it's very enjoyable. Looking forward to reading the third as well.

OPL_JacobL Apr 22, 2020

In this grimdark fantasy, a small gang of thieves try to fight against the established order between the aristocracy and the head of the criminal element of their Venice-like city. In doing so, they find themselves caught in the middle of a political struggle between the mysterious outsider calling himself the Grey King and the head of all the gangs in the city. A brutal, bloody war ensues with very few victors. A fresh take on fantasy that leans heavily on the brutality of draconian class systems.

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!

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.

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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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