The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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Book One of the Gentleman Bastard Series.

719 pages

Published 26th June, 2006 by Spectra

Locke Lamora became an orphan at a very young age. He was raised by a ‘gifted con artist’ with several other kids. As adults, they are a band of thieves who run elaborate schemes to cheat money out of the rich (in Camorr, this is simply not done – Locke and his fellow theives are in a class of their own). They are the Gentlemen Bastards.  Serious trouble arises when a new enemy enters the scene. Everything that Locke Lamora holds dear is at stake. He vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game – or die trying …

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of the many novels that I bought when I was first introduced to adult fantasy. It’s on all the ‘best fantasy’ lists and it’s not hard to see why. Fantasy novels like this always challenge me because they are so rich and long and they demand so much more of me than a two-hundred-and-fifty-page-high-schoolish-dilemma. As much as I love the young adult genre, it’s good to be challenged sometimes. Reading something like this is like flicking some kind of imagination switch in my brain to ‘on’.

Who doesn’t love a band of thieves who run elaborate schemes? But wait a second, what is this ‘Revel’ thing around the hundred page mark? The rich folks of Camorr are on boats, preparing to watch criminals fight (get eaten by) sea creatures for entertainment. There are men getting pulled apart by a devilfish and warrior women fighting jumping sharks. Jumping Sharks! I officially love this book.

Jumping sharks aside, I love watching how the plot unfolds and everything comes together. Some of the stuff that happens is so crazy but ingenious – and very fun to read about. Locke and his mates are great characters, as are their enemies. I enjoyed reading about the city of Camorr itself, learning how the system works and wondering about those  alien towers from whatever civilisation came and fell before them.

It’s a seriously good book.

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