The Lies Of Locke Lamora

Paperback | February 1, 2007

byScott Lynch

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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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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...

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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Format: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 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: 2016-03-30
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