Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora

Remarkable…Scott Lynchs first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining. (The Times, London)

An orphans life is harsh – and often short – in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworlds most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game – or die trying.

Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora

Fresh, original, and engrossing…gorgeously realized. (George R. R. Martin)

Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you havent read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again. (Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times best-selling author of The Name of the Wind)

High-octane fantasy…a great swashbuckling yarn of a novel. (Richard Morgan)

Author: Scott Lynch
Narrator: Michael Page
Duration: 22 hours 36 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2012
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I was not very interested in this tale for 7 hours. I fought to keep listening. I only picked this title up due to the vigorously positive recommendations of a couple of enthralled YouTubers. So, stubbornly I kept listening.

At about 7 and 1/2 hours I was suddenly interested, and captive to the storytelling.

There are hiccups, of course. I’m not fond of interludes/flashbacks. But the author used them well, and they felt rather necessary and contributed to the story and its progress. Then there was the occasional ‘wait, what?’ moment here and there. But, that didn’t matter at all. I still loved the story.

OK. The descriptions are wonderful, detailed and of such skill it was impossible not to enjoy them. The relationships were quite good, and got better, stronger. The characters came alive. And it didn’t matter what scoundrels they were, I rooted for them. The story is masterfully woven. I’m really trying not to insert any spoilers. There are very low points in the book. But they don’t detract, rather they add to the grim world. I think those moments make it easy to understand how the characters became as they were. I found the religious system rather nicely done and some of their gods were a little hair-raising. The magics as well.

I will be listening to the next installment, because I can’t stand to miss what happens next. Michael Page does a lovely job bringing all of it alive. Fingers crossed he’s the narrator for the whole series. I do recommend the audiobook, or even the book itself. Sure it is long, but I found it worthwhile. Get it. Be patient. Enjoy it!