The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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By (author) Scott Lynch

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  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 38mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0575079754
  • ISBN 13: 9780575079755
  • Sales rank: 2,019

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They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards. Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it's a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city. But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa's power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming. A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King. Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr. As for Locke Lamora ...

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Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role-playing game companies, he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook.

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By T.Eveleigh 14 Jun 2011 5

'The Lies of Locke Lamora' establishes Scott Lynch as an innovative and gifted new talent in modern fantasy writing. Combining sneak-thievery, devilish plots and masterful disguises with aristocratic characters, old fashioned duels and a hint of magic, this tale embodies a highly enjoyable, swashbuckling adventure.

Lynch's characters are hugely likeable and provide periods of amusing banter, which serves as a light relief to the darker motifs of murder, poverty and betrayal that permeate the storyline. Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen serve as wonderful protagonists, with their quick-witted humour and cunning skills, comparable to Fritz Leiber's Gray Mouser and Farfhd, who are two of fantasy literatures greatest characters.

The city of Camorr itself serves as an additional player, amalgamating the flowing canals of Venice with the suffocating streets of Lieber's Lankhmar. The fact that the architecture of the city was wrought by an ancient race known as the Eldren, using the magical material of Elderglass, undoubtedly adds to the mystique of Camorr. Interspersed between the human built hovels, docks and taverns are the gleaming, crystalline spires of Elderglass reaching towards the heavens, home to the nobles. This richly detailed, supernatural city is one of Lynch's greatest creations, superbly contrasting the necessity and desperation of the deprived with the indulgence and corruption of the affluent.

In his opening novel of the Gentleman Bastards sequence, Lynch has created an engrossing, fresh and vivid tale of the highest calibre, one which certainly raises him to the levels of Sanderson, Rothfoss, Brett and Abercrombie as the exciting new talent of 21st century fantasy literature. The Lies of Locke Lamora launches an exhilarating and original 7-book sequence that will come to establish itself as the leading fantasy series of modern times.

By june 12 Jun 2011 5

For those with a love of deviousness, fantasy and a little alchemy, "The Lies of Locke Lamora" is perfect. A great read and highly recommended.

By Louis-Etienne Couture 21 Feb 2010 5

The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first entry in the Gentlemen Bastards Sequence, of a proposed length of 7 books, so quite a lengthy one. When reading through online fantasy reviews and discussions online you now often read about Lynch, and he, because of his style of writing and storytelling, is one which is praised and grouped with other excellent authors such as Joe Abercrombie and George R. R. Martin. Having read the book (finally) there is no doubt for me anymore that he is one of the best and most intriguing new fantasy authors of the past few years. This first novel is definitely great and Lynch lives up to the hype. Check out an extended version of this review and of other books over at: www.lecbookreviews.com

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"Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all."--"Publishers Weekly " "Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser would have felt right at home with the Gentleman Bastards. They're not out to save the world, just their own skins...oh, and to relieve some nobles of their gold, jewels, and silks along the way. This is a fresh, original, and engrossing tale by a bright new voice in the fantasy genre. Locke Lamora makes for an engaging rogue, and Camorr a fascinating and gorgeously realized setting, a city to rival Lankhmar, Amber, and Viriconium. I look forward to returning there for many more visits."--George R. R. Martin "Scott Lynch is a con man, a conjuror, a wickedly entertaining juggler of words with knives up his sleeves and hatchets down his back. By the time you realize he's dangerous, you're already bleeding. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a ticket inside the astonishing city-state Camorr, and a free pass into the com