The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Series: Gentleman Bastard #1
Release date: February 1st 2007
Genre: Adult, High Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery
“Someday, 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 happen.’
Let me start off by saying that I actually read this in January. Why I’m writing a review now? Because I loved it that fucking much.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a story of our main character Locke Lamora aka Thorn of Camorr and his band of Gentleman Bastards. Don’t let their name fool you, they’re not the band of thieves you’d want to cross paths with. They steal from the wealthy nobles wearing false disguises, but they’re not interested in becoming rich. They steal because it’s heaps of fucking fun. And because the robbed nobles are too embarrassed to tell anyone, the city guard (yellow jackets and Midnighters) doesn’t know a thing.
And why isn’t Locke locked up yet? Well, because no one knows that the infamous Thorn of Camorr is our Locke Lamora.
But Locke isn’t just the king of thieves. He’s disrespectful, headstrong, a big smartass and if you’re hesitant and you don’t know if you’re going to like him, be prepared because he’ll
win steal your heart. Our charming antihero also has good qualities. He’s witty, loyal, determined and he’d go to the hell and back for his adopted brothers. However, don’t imagine Locke looking like a new prince charming, you’d be disappointed. He’s scrawny and short AND a bad fighter. He’s not the muscle of the heists, he’s the brain.
“I’ve got kids that enjoy stealing. I’ve got kids that don’t think about stealing one way or the other, and I’ve got kids that just tolerate stealing because they know they’ve got nothing else to do. But nobody–and I mean nobody–has ever been hungry for it like this boy. If he had a bloody gash across his throat and a physiker was trying to sew it up, Lamora would steal the needle and thread and die laughing. He…steals too much.”
However, Locke is depending on his brothers. He wouldn’t be able to pull off heists that big without their help. They work as a team and every one of them plays an important role in the gang. But they’re more than just a band of thieves, they’re family.
All of them tugged at my heartstrings and I love them dearly. I admired their loyalty to each other and their ability to have fun even when things get crazy around them. Their banter was priceless and I have always looked forward to it, along with the flashbacks with Father Chains who was the one taking care of them since they were little. In Camorr he was known as a eyeless priest, but he was neither priest nor eyeless. He was the father figure they never had as well as their teacher.
“We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.”
And all this is happenning in a Venice-like city Camorr. With it’s renaissance architecture elements and glowing Elderglass towers it distinguishes itself from any fantasy I’ve ever read. It perfectly captures the atmosphere of the world and you’ll feel like you’re a part of Camorr. You can vividly see yourself walking abreast with Locke and the rest of Gentleman Bastards through the streets of Camorr.
I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed every second of it.
The whole book is carefully planned and it’s full of twists and turns that you just can’t expect. The world building isn’t hard to process and it’s divided throughout the whole book, so you don’t need to worry about too much information being thrown at you at ones.