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 (goodreads.com).
I had The Lies of Locke Lamora in my to-read list for quite some time and all I can say to myself is “why didn’t I read this sooner?”. It is a fantastic book and a lot different from the fantasy books I normally read; for that I was grateful. I am always looking for something a little different to read, but still within the fantasy genre.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is such an incredible story! It mixes adventure and mystery with just a little bit of fantasy to create this amazing story! In parts of the book I would be reading on the edge of my chair because it was so intense and suspenseful. I wanted Locke and his friends to succeed, but didn’t know if they would make it. There were also times I almost cried because it was soooo sad! The one thing I was especially happy about was that there were not any romantic relationships in the book because that can take away from the story if done improperly.
The pacing of the book was superb! I can’t believe how easy it was to get into the book and how it held my attention from beginning to end. There weren’t the typical ups and downs of most fantasy novels I have read. It was interesting and engaging the entire time.
Lynch’s world building is fantastic! He provides enough details about his fantasy world so that you feel you are in it along with Locke and his friends, and I never found myself skipping over parts of the book because there was too much. As other reviewers have said, his world is like a Renaissance Venice and I totally agree! That is exactly what I pictured in my head every time Locke would walk around the city.
I loved all the characters in the book and thought that they were pretty well developed. However, I didn’t feel as if I had a strong enough connection to the main character, Locke. We get to know quite a bit about him, but I wanted to know more about his past, maybe his parents and how he ended up as an orphan. I am pretty sure we don’t know that yet, unless I completely missed something. It would have been great to learn these kinds of things right at the beginning of the novel. This book would have been even better than it was if I would have known Locke a little better and really cared for him even more than I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love Locke, but just want to feel a bit more for him. I believe we get to know Jean quite a bit more than Locke. We know how he became an orphan, who his parents were, etc. By the end of the book we really get to see how these characters have changed since joining Father Chains and his Gentlemen Bastards. Also, there was mention of a female Gentlemen Bastard, but we don’t get to see any of her. Apparently Father Chains sent her away on a mission of some sort. Maybe she shows up in another book?
Going into this novel I thought that the story would be told through several novels. However, once I finished the novel I really felt that this book could stand alone. I don’t have a need to go out and get the next book right away to see how the story resolves because it already did. However, even though I don’t need to I will most definitely be getting the next book.
I greatly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get the next one. This is a fantastic book and a must read if you love adventure or fantasy stories!
My rating: 5/5 stars!
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