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!Download Kindle ⚫ The Lies of Locke Lamora ⚛ In This Stunning Debut, Author Scott Lynch Delivers The Wonderfully Thrilling Tale Of An Audacious Criminal And His Band Of Confidence Tricksters Set In A Fantastic City Pulsing With The Lives Of Decadent Nobles And Daring Thieves, Here Is A Story Of Adventure, Loyalty, And Survival That Is One Part Robin Hood , One Part Ocean S Eleven, And Entirely Enthralling 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 PriestA 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 StingPassing 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 Powerful And Ambitious Than Locke Has Yet Imagined Known As The Gray King, He Is Slowly Killing Capa Barsavi S Most Trusted Men And Using Locke As A Pawn In His Plot To Take Control Of Camorr S Underworld With A Bloody Coup Under Way Threatening To Destroy Everyone And Everything That Holds Meaning In His Mercenary Life, Locke Vows To Beat The Gray King At His Own Brutal Game Or Die Trying Some day, Locke Lamora, he said, some day, you re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope I m still around to see it Oh please, said Locke It ll never happenHaha You gotta love Father Chains for his vivid imagination and if you actually read the entire book you might find yourself at a place where you have to agree with him XDBut I m getting ahead of myself here so I ll just start with my general opinion and will try to take it from there This book was amazing I m the first to admit that it had a rather slow start and that Scott Lynch put a lot of effort into his world building, the I read on the I could understand why he was so thorough with his descriptions though He set the stage, let us see how Locke s crew operated, gave us a good understanding about their close bond and offered us a brief glimpse at the machinations behind all their elaborate heists In short Lynch wrote a brilliant opening to an intriguing series and I can t wait to read book two If there are at least half as many twists and unexpected turns as there were in The Lies of Locke Lamora I ll be a than just happy camper lol I mean seriously, I loved all those characters and their cunning and deceiving ways XD Throughout the entire book I never knew what to expect and there were about a ton of Oh, shit moments that were shortly followed by Jeez NO and What happened now exclamations I confess that some of the happenings and casual revelations actually left me reeling and I found myself saying That s it That s exactly what I want to read often than I can count And boy did the shit hit the fan at the middle of the book I barely got a second to breathe and I continued to be breathless until the crescendo ended in a grande finale and the curtain eventually fell Yes, the second half of the book was THAT intense lol Anyway, enough of musical terms Let s go right to the characters The Characters Welcome to Camorr, the city that harbours questionable characters, morally grey individuals and a wide selection of rich nobles that quite literally beg to be robbed and spoiled If you re an innocent and clueless noble you better don t dwell all too long You might either end up relieved of the weight of your purse or even worse, you might end up being spoiled for the book This was a fair warning the rest is up to you P Father ChainsThere are only three people in life you can never fool pawnbrokers, whores, and your mother Since your mother s dead, I ve taken her place Hence, I m bullshit proofI really loved that guy His observations and statements were so funny and accurate and boy was he a clever man I mean he basically invented The Gentleman Bastards and made them the crew they are when we first set eyes on them He might have been harsh to his boys but it was obvious that he only wanted the best for them and I guess in his own way he really cared about them too I can t help but wonder what happened to him though We only read about him in flashbacks and memories so it s kind of self explanatory that he s dead How exactly he died was never mentioned though Maybe this mystery will be solved in book two and we ll find out about Sabetha too She s still such a mystery XDLocke LamoraYou re one third bad intentions, one third pure avarice, and one eight sawdust What s left, I ll credit, must be brainsJThat s Jean s description of Locke and to some degree I have to agree with his words lol I think Locke is definitely a whole lot brains than he gave him credit for though I really loved this character He might be a thief but he was a gentleman too and he had his heart at the right place which is the most important thing For Locke it never was about the money, it was all about the fun he had with his heists and brothers You might say it was the scheming and plotting that made him happy To create a plan and to actually execute it in the end The money they gained from it was just secondary Locke s character arc was really intriguing because at the beginning it s all about the heist and the fun, but the moment the Grey King appears everything changes and gets dark Well, and after the Grey King took away the only thing he ever cared about his heart and mind are set on vengeance and vengeance alone I ve to admit that I loved that angry Locke too and the I read about his complex character the I loved himIf he was going to save them, he had to play the Grey King until the Capa was finished with him, and then he would pray for a quick and easy death Let Locke Lamora just vanish one night let his friends slip away to whatever better fate awaited them I will have the Grey King, and if all the powers of Camorr and Karthain and Hell itself oppose me, it will be nothing nothing but a longer trail of corpses between me and your master Jean TannenHell yes, cried Bug I knew there was a reason I let you lead this gang Well, I can t argue with the manifest wisdom of the boy that jumps off temple roofs But I trust my points are noted, said Jean Very noted, said Locke Received, recognised, and duly considered with the utmost gravity Sealed, notarised, and firmly imprinted upon my rational essence I loved the bond between Jean and Locke I don t know how it happened that they got so close but it was obvious that they are like family to each other After reading the entire book I have the feeling that I still don t know Jean all too well but I m pretty sure Scott Lynch had his reasons to keep his character vague Maybe we ll read about him in the next book and I d be totally fine with this Alone the fact that he s quite literally Locke s hatchet man was enough to make me curious and I truly hope my curiosity will be sated in the next bookI don t have to fight or run, he crackled I changed the rules of the game I just have to keep you here asshole Here until Jean gets backThe Sanza TwinsIf you do end up in danger, Locke, said Calo, you must understand that we will ignore the orders of our garrista, and we ll bludgeon our friend on the back of his thick skull and smuggle him out of Camorr in a box I have just the bludgeon for the job And I have a box, said Galdo Been hoping for an excuse to use it for years, really Those two were so amazing They grew on me so fast and then the ending happened and I was like NOOOOOOO It s so rare to read about twins in books and I really would have loved to see of them Unfortunately it seems like Scott Lynch had other plans and the funny Sanza twins had to disappear TT I loved that they would have done everything in order to save Locke and I know he loved them very much I swear I cried real tears when he found them dead at the temple It broke my heart They would have deserved so much better than that Locke was true to his word though, he really made them and Bug the biggest death offering Camorr ever saw and I love him even for it 3And I had to get rid of the moustache in a hurry, said Locke And damned if he didn t scream when Jean did the honours, said Calo Like a Sanza brother in an empty whorehouse Locke made a rude gesture at Calo Calo mimed aiming and loosing a crossbow at him in return.The Grey KingBut you could have settled for simple theft, said Locke I would have given it all to keep Calo and Galdo and Bug alive I would have given it all, had you put it to me like that What thief does not fight to hold what he has One that has something better, said Locke.I really disliked the Grey King and the Bondsmage made my blood boil with anger They were both such arrogant and self righteous numpties I swear when Locke decided to take them down I cheered for him and even though he had to pay a high price for his actions I still think it was worth it Bug, Calo and Galdo were worth it I think what shook me the most about the Grey King and his lackey was the simple fact that they just did it because they could I mean Locke never did them any harm, yet they destroyed his entire life and killed the people he cared about It was so senseless The Bondsmage obviously enjoyed to have the power over other people and relished to torture on behalf of the Grey King, so I have absolutely no pity for him Was it drastic what Locke and Jean did Yes Was it wrong Yes, definitely Did the Grey King and the Bondsmage deserve it I m inclined to say yes, because let s face it if Locke and Jean wouldn t have done what they did their lives would have been forfeit the moment the Bondsmage got rid of his shackles I think they actually didn t have any other choice if they wanted to survive The SpiderI have always found the presumptions of others to be the best possible disguise haven t youHa I knew who the spider was the moment she appeared It was a clever disguise but not clever enough to fool me XD I m just glad that she believed Locke and listened to him and I think they made an interesting pair What I loved the most about their interactions was their mutual respect though They could appreciate the skill of each other even though they lived in totally different worlds and were enemies It was nice to see that Locke s opponent was as cunning and artful as he was and it gave the story a really nice touch Whilst the Grey King was all brutality and cruel force in the end, the spider remained conniving and prudent and I really liked that about her Conclusion This plane might have taken quite a while until it took off, but boy, did it take off in the end The I think about it the I have to admit that this story was brilliantly executed and I can only take a bow and congratulate Scott Lynch for writing such a complex, detailed and elaborate book It s another month and since March just started I m once again trying to reduce my TBR with my own blog meme Hugs n kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus Messrs.This time around I chose The Lies of Locke Lamora and I m so happy I m finally going to read this book.I wanted to read it for ages but never had the time and now that I did my monthly blog meme I have no other choice than to go through with it Which, truth be told, is awesome lol An infamous thief, his morally gray gang and a dangerous and bloody coup Say no , because I m so here for this P Back when I was first published, people made a lot of comparisons between me and Scott Lynch The sentiment was mostly along the lines of Pat Rothfuss is the next Scott Lynch Here s the thing, Lies of Lock Lamora had come out almost exactly a year before my first book, The Name of the Wind It was Scott s first book, the first in a fantasy series The world was gritty and real, and it had knocked everyone over with how good it was So I knew it was a flattering comparison, but at the time, I was kinda irked by it I remember thinking, Why do I have to be the next Scott Lynch Why can t I just be the first Pat Rothfuss I ll probably be a lot better at that, I ve got way experience at it if nothing else Years later I finally got around to reading Lies and enjoyed it I saw that it was a clever book, and gritty, with a cool world And there was an orphan boy in it who was a witty, mouthy thief A while after that, I met Scott and really liked him as well So I let go of what little residual irritation I had, not that there was very much Fast forward to now This last week I started re reading Lies, and I was absolutely fucking stunned by how good it is The construction of it The language The world The cleverness The wit There is nothing I don t like in this book Seriously Okay Fine One tiny tiny quibble Even so, do you know how rare it is for me to say that Right now, in the full flush of this second reading, I think Lies is probably in e in my top ten favorite books ever Maybe my top five.It s not really fair to compare the two books They re different styles Different subjects Different worlds That said, here s the things that The Lies of Locke Lamora does better than The Name of the Wind 1 The beginning of his book is stronger than mine Seriously 50 pages into my book, you ll have reached the point where someone is starting to actually tell a story 50 pages into Lies, you know the main character and are halfway into a fucking heist 2 His title is better than mine Don t get me wrong The Name of the Wind is a good title, it s the right title for my book But The Lies of Lock Lamora that s a faboo title right there And his series title is better than mine too Gentleman Bastard beats Kingkiller Chronicles hands down 3 His cussing is better than mine Not in real life In real life I cuss like a sailor But the language in my books is pretty genteel and tame In Lies, Lynch s low life street thugs are vulgarian virtuosos This might seem like a little thing, but it s not It builds the world It shows character It helps make the story feel truly, perfectly grubby and real Here it is in a nutshell When I was first published, I was irritated when people compared me to Scott Lynch Only now do I realize how huge a compliment I was being given If you haven t read it, you should If you have read it, you should probably read it again. My legs are so toned from climbing the stairs back to a higher moral ground after reading this book but I would still throw the version of myself who hasn t picked it up sooner down a set of stairs because this was the most fun I had in a while why did I deprive myself of it No really Is anything as pure as a heist book Is anything as good and exciting and forthright as a heist book, I ask you So, what s this book about The Lies of Locke Lamora, not so delicately traces the path back to the past of Locke Lamora, beginning with The Thiefmaker who after waking up to the realization that the Lamora orphan could be underestimated only at great peril to one s health sells him to Chains, the faking Eyeless Priest Chains takes Locke under his criminal wing in what could only be considered a spectacular act of deathbed vengeance, and for years, he represses Locke s unrelenting and oftentimes fatal capacity for conniving and instead, guides him into cultivating a keenly honed ability to bullshit, wide eyed and plausibly and at the drop of a hat Then it travels back to the present day where Locke and his band of oddly pleasant crazy thieves are in the midst of their latest and biggest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr.With each successful con, fate s bowstring seems to be drawing taut and Locke heck, even the reader is waiting for the moment when all hell breaks loose For many pages, hell seems content to stay bound.until Camorr s long, dark time tracks Locke down The newly arrived Gray King is assassinating gang leaders and the secret police of Camorr s legendary Spider is hunting down Locke.The city of Camorr has upended the board, and Locke Lamora is one of the scattered pieces Locke soon finds out that one can only get so far on their aptitude to bullshit aloneSomeday, Locke Lamora, he said, someday, you re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee And I just hope I m still around to see it Oh please, said Locke It ll never happenThe Lies of Locke Lamora is like, a grown up version of Six of Crows with an enduring sense of larcenous fun, a torrent of polysyllabic profanity and dark madcap humor, but to my eternal dismayless women And while Kaz Brekker comes off as a grizzled, hard bitten, 40 year old black and white film noir anti hero crammed into the body of a teenager, Locke Lamora is pretty much the oppositeand with much chill.The story runs non linearly, jumping back and forth between the past and the present, and shades in between The effect was disorienting at first as the story sometimes overspills the bounds of its plot and I would often find myself drifting between intrigued and indifferent But quick as a magician s sleight of hand, The Lies of Locke Lamora knocks the bottom out of that casual disinterest within a handful of chapters A reader s mileage may, of course, vary on this point Those quibbles aside, there s a great deal to enjoy in The Lies of Locke Lamora The world of Camorr is solidly crafted and bursting with detail and the vivid, oftentimes violent, action unfolds slowly, propelled by political machinations and anchored in complex character development It s heavy stuff, full of blood and murder and a terrible clear eyed certainty that Locke s reckoning had finally come, but it s leavened by the snarking banter between the leads Seriously, this book is hilarious The Lies of Locke Lamora also has magic in bounds and mysteries by the minute and the best part is that just when you think you ve seen the explosion and let your guard down a little, another one happens There are moments of victory where I whooped with joy, and there are moments of absolute terror, where everything seems as though it will fall apart And I think this book works because Locke is such an interesting character, and the author constantly keeps you off guard as to his truths and intent.I also loved how the author never takes the easy way out He puts many obstacles both physical and emotional in the characters path, tortures the hell out of them and makes them better characters for it Locke is one brilliant son of a bitch he seems unthreatening and eccentric, until one understood what deep power lay behind his frail facade However, he s not beyond going under, pulled along by currents he can t control and do not understand, carried out to a larger, unknown sea And I think that s where this book was successful than Six of Crows the world did not always bend to Locke Lamora, it did not always fit into his order of things and that felt a lot realistic To us richer and cleverer than everyone else I personally think this was a triumph of a novel I never know where Lynch is going to take us, in this world of thieves and blood and revenge, but I am than happy to continue along the journey with him wishlist blog twitter tumblr So, I was surprised to discover we owned this book, since it s a very well known book but nobody in my house had ever mentioned it to me.Turns out my wife bought it, tried it, found it too slow, and gave up I ve convinced her to give it another go.I enjoyed Locke Lamora and his lies quite a bit Immediately I liked the writing, which combines wit with solid prose Like my wife I hit a bit of a soft patch early on, though for me it was that I was finding the point of view very surface sharing almost nothing of Locke s thoughts or desires, leaving him a bit of a blank Lots of fantasy fans quite like a blank to project themselves onto but I m not one of them Fortunately Locke s personality continued to develop and the point of view seemed to settle a little deeper into him as things progressed.The real strengths of the book are the plotting, the dialogue, and the atmosphere The dialogue banter brings the Gentlemen Bastards to life, the plotting keeps the reader on their toes, and the city is very well imagined.I was surprised to find that the light hearted tone set primarily by the banter between Locke s gang actually allows a slew of quite dark themes scenes to slide past with less impact than they might have The child prostitution, the gruesome torture scenes, and the mutilation dealt out by our hero are all absent in my own d but which is often called out for being very dark.In any event, I found it to be a rewarding read, well written, and entertaining I d recommend any fantasy fan to give it a try Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.