The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott LynchThe Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies Of Locke Lamora

byScott Lynch

Paperback | February 1, 2007

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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 ...
Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and current lives in Wisconsin. 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. His first novel, The Lies...
Title:The Lies Of Locke LamoraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0575079754

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars for Locke's crazy schemes and lies along with his fellow Gentlemen Bastards This had been on my to-read list for fantasy forever and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Locke and his friends were an awesome bunch. :D I really liked how the author switched between the present and the past (in the form of interludes) which revealed a lot about Locke growing up. Jean is my absolute favourite though. <3
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Read it on recommendation from a friend and I dont regret doing it. Its clever and funny and definitely a page turner! One of my favourite novels for sure. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Highly enjoyable read, and excellent character and world-building.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's ok I'm reading it and it's very good for now, I will rewrite the review when I finish it. But, I think I will continue very well.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my personal top 10 This is one of my favourite books of all time, to the point where I've bought the signed hardcover just to have it. Such a great read!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun to read Intriguing characters and plot, set at a good pace. Easy to re-read when you want something witty.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Fun, funny, and full of suspense - I absolutely loved this!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite I reread this novel when I need a guaranteed 5 star. One of my favourites and the second time around brought out a few cunning pieces I had missed the first time. So funny. So great. I love this world and everything in it. If you haven't read this, please do. If you've already read this, read it again.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in LOVE This book was absolutely amazing. I cannot give the author enough praise! The characters are structured beautifully and the pacing of the story was incredible. This book kept me on my toes and and I did not see that ending coming!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanting! This book on its own is a marvellous read. You are almost instantaneously drawn in my the characters and story line. As the book develops the story just keeps getting better. Its also quite an original concept that I can't imagine running into anywhere else. This book alone is a 5 STAR book, the only reason I give it 4 STARS is because I cannot say the same for its sequels. Though the sequels are worth the read if you want to know what happens to Locke and his friends, or to learn about Locke's past, but they definitely don't match the Lies of Locke Lamora with engagement, thrill or climax. However, this book on its own is not one you should skip over if your looking for a entertaining novel! Its incredibly good!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite! This book has managed to make it to the top of my favourite books list! It's an incredible thrill ride and tons of fun. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy in the slightest! I hope you give it a read, this book deserves more readers!
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously????? This is a debut novel? A freaking debut ? Holy crap. The pacing, the writing, the dialogue, the characters, the world-building, the perfect flashbacks, the action... Just frigging stunning. I'll say nothing more than this. If you haven't read this, you should. Period.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faboulous Great writing, a lot of fun.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I really tried... I just couldn't do it This book came with rave reviews and a thumbs up form George RR Martin... but honestly I just could not carry on to the end. I found it to be needlessly dense and with all honesty, it just did not grab me. It does not have the intensity or drive of GoT. Don't go into it hoping for a GoT clone. Gentle reader, perhaps you are better than I and are ready for the challenge. If you are, I salute you.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amongst the Best of the Genre One of my all time favorite books. The characters are humorous and Camorr is a fascinating setting. A true joy to read and a good gift for both readers of fantasy and those looking for something new. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Took a while to read, but it was good
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique This is definitely a unique take on the fantasy genre for me. Though it was at times a hard slog to get through, I did find it quite enjoyable and worth the time put into this story.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic urban fantasy novel This book was fantastic from start to finish. Like Ocean's Eleven meets the Godfather, in a gritty urban fantasy setting, the protagonist uses his wit to survive and thrive. An excellent first novel and great start to this series.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great characters, started off amazing, but got a little weird towards the end. Lots of tangents, but still very enjoyable. Unique.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not horrible, but unfinished I tried and pushed on I just couldn't get into it. This rarely happens. Can't quite put into words why! And it's a 4 book series! I really wish it could have captivated me. About 1/3 I gave up.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite but not bad I read the first but I didn't find it compelling enough to finish the series yet. I found the plot pretty boring at times. Other people really raved about this book, so it may be worth a read of the sequel but if I had to recommend a fantasy novel to a newbie, it wouldn't be this one.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Highly Enjoyable but "Gritty" It is a strong first book, and a very enjoyable read, but it is definitely not an all ages appropriate book. I was engrossed, I laughed, I cried, and I stayed up well into the night reading. It's not nauseatingly gory or pornographic, but it doesn't shy away from torture, death, sex, or foul language. Mature content is, however, used judiciously and is part of what brings the setting and characters to life. I would recommend it to a friend /if/ they were old enough and desensitized enough.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start to the series I absolutely adored the world that Scott Lynch has set up here, and I love that he didn't actually explain every little thing; it all came across naturally. The only thing is that every time things got interesting, there would be an interlude that just made it feel a lot longer and more drawn-out than it really needed to be.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great escape from reality Arguably my second favorite book behind Name of the Wind. Very well written, character driven, full of humour, with a well realized world. Can not say enough good things about this book, please read it.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy This is a great book. I really love all the Gentleman Bastards!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FYI: My review is a total lie: I LOVED it! It was awful, boring, uninspiring, dull, predictable, and the characters were completely unlikeable. No, those are lies. And that's all you'll get from Locke Lamora and his "brothers", and you will love it!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty awesome! A bit hard to get into in the beginning (I gave up during my first attempt to read it...) but, worth it in the end, it's a pretty fun book.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I heard many great things about this book and I love fantasy books so I picked this up and wow, I'm still shock about this book. A must read!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well crafted and rich This is the perfect beginning to what I hope will be an epic fantasy series that will remembered alongside Tolkien. Lynch has built an incredibly rich world and introduces us to a group of thieves who are lead by the world's most loveable idiot, Locke Lamora. Locke is sarcastic and charming and his right hand man Jean is loyal and deadly. Such a great series.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible World Building and Characters I'm not going to lie I struggled to read this book at first. I wasn't used to Lynch's style and consequently I struggled to fully immerse myself in his world. I decided to put the book aside incase I wanted to try again but I doubted it. I eventually picked it up again and was immediately captivated. I don't know what changed but Lynch's characters and world are extremely detailed and complex and I couldn't put the book down again. I enjoyed his style of having interludes that showed the past as it avoided the need to have chapters of introduction before getting to the main plot.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must. It was the first time I've ever read this type of book and It won't be my last time. You just cannot not love Locke Lamora and his mate. Despite the really dark world they seems to be in, the characters are a whole bag of crazy, funny and loyalty. Makes you wanna be one of them. Plus, the story is full of twist and action. Every single page is so entertaining, I could totally picture it as a movie. Pirates of the Caribbean meet Ocean Eleven.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong World and Characters Where this book excels most is in its characters and the aesthetic style of Camorr. Locke's band of thieves are very compelling and very funny, and Camorr is a distinct locale in which they can pull their heists. While the story is enjoyable enough, I would have liked to have seen more of the games the Gentleman Bastards pull leading up to the main conflict of the story, as there isn't as much actual thieving as one would expect.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible #plumreview I just recently re-read this book, and it was just as good as the first time I read it. Interesting plot and characters, that make it seem like a much shorter read than it actually is.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Novel I originally picked this book up because a friend told me it was like another book that I had read. I'm glad I did because this is one of my favourite series. The novel itself is well written and contains very witty characters. The plot is so engrossing that I could barely put the book down. I loved the world that Scott Lynch created and wasn't ready to be ripped away from it so soon. The ending was jarring and not many authors could have pulled it off. Scott Lynch did.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Engrossing This is not a happy happy book; while really funny moments do occur, it isn't the main point. This is a sad, scary, amazing, encore enducing novel. The world building in this series is incredible! You want to follow along with these characters as you get to know them and honestly want to cry when bad things happen.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hours of FUN It has so many lines that sent me into fits of laughter clutching at my stomach or grinning like a fool. My favourite no-context jokes being: "Nice bird, Asshole."
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, satisfying book. Good read. Lots of action, with the right sort of pacing to keep the pages turning. Except the sharks. I hate sharks.
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and fresh! Loved the characters, their animated and entertaining banter, and the back and forth through time (took a little while to figure that out!! Pay attention to the chapter titles!)
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to believe how good this was Hits you in the heart and the brain with a one-two punch. As twisted and intricate as a Mamet script, as flourishingly scrumptious as a Ventian melodrama. Great characters, great pacing, great beats. Great fight descriptions, great insults. Just a good time across the board.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ol' entertainment A thief caper wrapped in a fantasy setting, with betrayal, twists, magic and great action. Fun to read. And if George R.R. Martin recommends it, who am I to disagree?
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book. Took a few chapters to get into to... Ready for book 2!
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Enthralling! "The Lies of Locke Lamora" is furiously enthralling, its pages steeped in intrigue and excitement. An exciting novel filled with confidently created and resonant characters. The author has an incredible gift for weaving the many threads of this fantastical world and the lives that inhabit it, always maintaining a firm hold on the reader.
Date published: 2013-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adventure really enjoyed the story and adventures. The author surprised me and the story was not predictable.Tthe main character is fun to watch from his early childhood days to his adult hood. However, I sort of curious about the main character's love interest, a girl that is mentioned but never appears in the story.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A look inside the mind of a thief! In a time not unlike old London, Locke Lamora, an orphan, was raised by the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro. He was taught to be a gentleman and to be courteous to the wealthy. He was also taught to lie and steal. Nobody knew that the Eyeless Priest, a man who was thought to be blind and chained to the church in the Gods’ names was actually raising a band of thieves. There, a select number of orphans were raised learning how to cheat, steal, lie and betray practically everyone they met. Locke Lamora, at a very young age, found himself in Father Chains’ care with his fellow new friends, Galdo and Calo Sanza. Along with the twins, Locke learned from Chains techniques to steal and lie in the most daring ways to get the best profits. They learned the secret passages of their city Camorr and met the most powerful people who thought these young thieves were merely businessmen. They were able to fool anyone they pleased and got whatever amount of money they wanted and more. Years pass and their tight band of thieves grow slowly. But when a clandestine war threatens to tear their city and their carefully built lives apart, Locke realizes that everything their lives have built up to is about to be tested. Someone is murdering the Capa’s most important people, and when Capa Barsavi (a king-like figure in their world) turns to Locke for assistance against this murderer, Locke is caught in a deadly mess between his Capa and a threat against his friends. Locke has to realize what he holds most dear to his heart and use his thieving skills to turn it to his favor. For if he doesn’t, hundreds of lives will be taken. I was blown away by Lynch’s ability to tell a grand and suspenseful story like this! Locke’s adventures kept me reading into the night and desperate to find out what would happen next. There were some parts in the beginning that were terribly slow and I wanted to put the book down, but I had heard so many good things about it and I was just too stubborn to give up, so I read on. And yes, I am very glad that I did. The plot was full of twists that left you crying at parts and scenes that just made you want to throw the book into a fire! The characters were lively and imaginative and their characteristics added so much depth to the story. I loved the band of thieves for their hilarious antics and the way they planned their plans. They just made me laugh so hard sometimes and I had to put the book down to control myself. And then there were the parts that were so well constructed that I had to take deep breaths and think, I NEVER would have saw that coming. Brilliantly written with beautiful characters, a stunning plot and a great opening for a sequel. I can’t wait to find out more about Locke’s adventures and finally get to know something about his past with Sabetha (who isn’t even in this book, but is mentioned many times, which drives me crazy!). I’ll be looking forward to his sequel: Red Seas Under Red Skies.
Date published: 2010-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply superb Within a mere hundred pages, this book rocketed itself to the top ten of my favourite fantasy books of all time. The writing style is elegant and fanciful. The characters delightful and unique. The plot intricate without falling into the realm of painfully confusing. Each character leaps of the page, forming a perfect image in your mind. You can see their faces, hear their voices and feel their emotions. This is one of those rare books that could keep you up all night. It's impossible to put down and you never want it to end. It's not a fast read and that is part of what makes it so appealing. You get sucked into this world of Locke's and you don't have to worry about reaching the end too soon. The plot is intense without making you feel like you have to rush on. It slows down and takes an easier pace without making you wish the author would get to the point already. An entire world is created around this one city, with an extensive map and a mysterious history at its roots. I can't say enough good things about this book. I enjoyed every word of it, even the heartbreak, and I can't wait to get into the sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies. I hope Scott Lynch continues to write. He is a gem in the genre.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Low Fantasy/SciFi I'm impressed. The world is exotic and rich in detail, and the characters are well developed and believable as human beings. The story's not always pretty, but it was very hard to put down. George R.R. Martin is a fair comparison. Further, Mr. Lynch has left himself quite a bit of material with which to continue. I'll not elaborate, and leave the pleasure of discovery to the next reader. This one's worth keeping, and I eagerly await the next in the series.
Date published: 2007-04-12

Editorial Reviews

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my top ten books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven't read it, you should-Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind