The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | Book Review



Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”
– Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Series: Gentleman Bastard

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 priest.

A 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 sting.

Passing 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 more powerful — and more 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…[Goodreads]


I don’t even have words right now! This book exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. It literally was a book of many firsts for me. This novel is the first “adult” book I have read, finished, understood and LOVED! It kept me hooked the whole way through, answering questions before I knew I had them, making me laugh more than I think I have ever laughed during reading a book and was the first time I have ever screamed at a character in a book. I have always kept the yelling, screaming and comments of ” why are you doing that”, “No! don’t do that” etc. to a character in my head. But this book had me so invested and flustered that the trickster was being tricked that I literally screamed out loud at my book. (It’s times like this that I am happy I live alone so no one can look at me funny for the fact that I was talking to my book). Scott Lynch writing was fantastically snarky and witty and I fell in love within the first few pages. I do not think I even have a bad thing to say about this book. There were things throughout that I kept note of an issues that I found, but he resolved all the problems I had by the end of the book.

The Lies of Locke Lamora was highly entertaining and props to Lynch for the style of writing that was so intriguing and beautifully laid out. He tells part of the story and then switches to events in the past that help develop the world, issues and characters brilliantly.  The world building was absolutely amazing and Lynch has a wonderful way with details. (If you have ever read a blog post of mine before or know me at all you would know that I am a big stickler for details.) I also have to say the best part about “adult” novels is the language used. And Lynch sure made use of his curse vocabulary! I have to say I loved that the word ” jackassery” was used!

“I’m fucking serious, man. Dip your wick. Drop your anchor. Go see a lady about a sheath for a dagger. You’ll feel better.”

This novel has everything from thieves, fighting, comedy, death, revenge and some badass characters that never let up throughout the novel. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you enjoy beautifully written epic fantasy with lots of swearing and snarky characters! 

““The only constant in the soul of man is inconstancy; anything and everything else can pass out of fashion-even something as utilitarian as a hill stuffed full of corpses.”