The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence Series, Book 1

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400180516
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/11/2009
  • Series: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 442,772
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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    Absolutely fantastic tale and great debut!

    Okay, I didn't think it could happen, but I found a book comparable to the greatness of "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. I will have to say, there were parts of the book that moved slowly for me. I felt it was a bit too descriptive in parts. However, it turned out to be one of the best damn stories I've ever read. On the edge of your seat excitement and suspense. Excellent character development and a great plot. Locke Lamora & his comrade Jean Tammen are now some of my favorite characters ever. There were a few things that happened in the story that really pissed me off & I wished wouldn't have happened. But the story & ending were just awesome. Red Seas Under Red Skies, here I come.

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I hate leaving reviews that sound like they were written by the

    I hate leaving reviews that sound like they were written by the publisher to promote the book, but dang, it is hard not to just enthusiastically spout praise when a book is this freaking good. So I will say that this is an amazing book, spectacularly written, a story deftly weaved, characters to adore, action to make you bite your knuckles, and a plot to keep you guessing continuously, and then I will stop spouting praise.

    More to the point, these are the kinds of things you can expect from this book. If you don't like them, then you probably won't like the book.
    -The plot is convoluted, complex and mysterious. You will be kept guessing all the way through.
    -It can get very dark. This is not a fluffy, happy tale. There is humor (very very well done humor!) but even more striking are the moments that make you weep.
    -While the POV doesn't shift between characters much, there is some time shift. So if you're not willing to follow more than one story, this is not the book for you.
    -The action is spectacular, well written and exciting, but not overwhelming. The book is definitely propelled by its plot and characters.
    Other than that, all I can say it that it is a superb example of the fantasy genre, with a beatiful, realistic, and complex world, endearing, charming characters, and a gorgeously twisted plot.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Lots of fun!

    I really enjoyed this book. It has believable characters in a somewhat grungy and believable setting. Though it starts a bit slow, the pace picks up quickly. The fantasy of the story isn't overwhelming at all. It has just enough of it to be able to call it fantasy without pushing out the gritty plot and remarkable humor the author produced. A fantastic read. Please enjoy it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

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    A Phenomenal Debut

    The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch, is the first installment of what will undoubtedly be a phenomenal series. I have read numerous books, and I am getting to the point of wandering aimlessly down the aisles of B&N seeking (sometimes unsuccessfully) the next great series for me to sink my teeth into. I picked this one up on a whim, and I am so glad that I judged a book by it's cover. The world of Locke Lamora, Camorr, is painted in vivid detail. From the crumbling cities reminiscent of Renaissance Italy, to the strange, glass-like structures left from a previous unknown civilization, the detail and depth is astounding. The adventures and exploits of Locke Lamora and his "Gentleman Bastards" make this novel impossible to put down. Scott Lynch's debut, as well as Red Seas Under Red Skies (the sequel) are some of the best books I have read in a long while. I cannot wait for the next installment. Lynch's writing style is unique, and belongs in the company of other great authors such as Steven Erikson, Glenda Larke, Raymond Feist, and George R. R. Martin (when will Dance of Dragons see the light of day?!) I enourage anyone who is a fan of fantasy to check this out!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    Scott Lynch does an admirable job of world-building for this mon

    Scott Lynch does an admirable job of world-building for this monster of a story, and thankful he managed to do it without sacrificing the characters. Unlike many authors who set their world up before really getting into the story and giving their characters depth, Lynch admirably managed to fairly seamlessly blend all three.

    Though the story begins with Locke as a youth, it doesn't remain linear for its entire length. Instead we switch between past and present, but not through the more common method of flashbacks. Instead the switch is just that simple, though of course the timing is impeccable, with the shifts in time offering necessary information just when it's most needed. Though there is some action in the beginning, much of it is more focused on world-building and character development, yet it never seems to feel as if it is moving too slowly.

    By the time the full-on action is introduced you are in too deep to do anything but proceed forward, with caution, trepidation, and a whole heap of excitement. Well deserved excitement I might add. The entire book builds toward the culmination found in the final chapters, and has more twists and turns than an eighty-year-old doorknob in a popular hotel. Of course I think that at least half the excitement from the action is due to how Lynch manages to get you to care for the characters, and become emotionally invested in their physical and mental well-being. One sign of just how well he manages to pull this off is the way you find your sympathies going to Locke and friends rather than the innocent victims of their scams.

    Again I found that switching between past and present was not only informative - with just the right information at the right time - but also an excellent device to help maintain the suspense and excitement at any given point in the game, or in their lives. Though this book is lengthy it is well worth sticking with it, as Lynch manages to pull off one surprise after another. By the end I found myself relieved to have a break on the characters' behalf, but also ready to see what mischief they will get into next.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    UNBELIEVABLY good. I am a voracious fantasy reader and have read

    UNBELIEVABLY good. I am a voracious fantasy reader and have read my fair share of so-so, lets pass the time type novels. NOT this book. I could not put it down. The characters are fantastically dynamic and the plot is intriguing, exciting, and filled hard core action scenes. If you like Abercrombie's hard boiled style, and you like cocky lovable scoundrels, you will LOVE this. Seriously, read this and be entertained like you never have before. I finished it in about three days and instantly bought the next book in the series and am impatiently waiting for the next one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    After reading the first two of the "Kingkiller Chronicles&q

    After reading the first two of the "Kingkiller Chronicles" I was pretty sure I'd never love another fantasy book or series as much as that one... until I found this. I couldn't put down either this or the sequel with ease. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thank you for the late nights, and I anticipate the rest of the series with pleasure!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    One of the books I've ever read!

    Scott Lynch has intricately blended an astounding cast of characters, a riveting plotline, and an extremely well developed setting for an astonishingly well written novel. After scouring the fantasy genre for new books to read, I finally stumbled across this series in a second hand book shop. I can honestly attest to the power that this book has over its readers. You truly fall in love with the characters and are held firmly in this books grasp from first page to last. If I could choose one book to read in this genre (and possibly out of any genre) this book would be the one! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves amazing fantasy literature!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Locked Out of Lamora

    Don't fall for all the commerical hype purporting that this book is the new fantasy. The only fantasy was in the author's head and he was not able to communicate that well at all. Which is too bad because some of the images are stark and clear and riveting and drew me deeper and deeper into the book.....against my will. The book is arrogant, clumsy, baffling, and too cute, too ingeneous, too contrived for words. The best bits were never developed. The best characters are the vicious sharks of Camorr and I wish they had eaten my copy.

    4 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Awesome book!

    I read this book at the same time as two of my friends and all three of us loved it. It keeps you hooked throughout the whole story with its amusing characters and their clever tricks. Even if you are not wanting to read the whole series, I would still recommend this book to you because it stands up well on its own and has a very satisfying ending.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    Delightful

    The Lies of Locke Lamora made me laugh, cry, smile. The book is engagingly written with endearing characters. Thieves with a swashbuckling style.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    I happened on this book by way of Patrick Rothfuss's" Kingk

    I happened on this book by way of Patrick Rothfuss's" Kingkiller
    Chronicles" and I am so glad I did. I was sure that I would not
    find a book to even compare after reading Rothfuss and wham Bam I was
    introduced to "the Lies Of Lokle Lamora" and away I flew. The
    characters are just the best and the plot(S) were fantastic. I
    absolutely loved this book and I am diving headfirst into his next
    "Red Seas Under Red Skies" as I write this review. Read it and ENJOY!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    It started out a little slow...but boy did it pick up and end wi

    It started out a little slow...but boy did it pick up and end with a bang!!  Definitely recommended.  Well written and fun to read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Fantastic Plot and Character

    Enjoyed every chapter of this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Good Stuffs

    Good stuffs...not sure how you could be down on this dialogue-driven juggernaut++

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

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    Great book, but slow to start.

    Just as my headline says, this book is a great read..but only after you get about half way through does it really pick up and is much more entertaining to read. I'm reading it for a book club (The Sword & Laser) and was a bit afraid that it might not be something I would enjoy. But so far I really have, if you enjoy fantasy, give this book a try you might just like it as much as I do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is the fantasy equivelant of Ocean's Eleven. Fabulously fun read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    absolutely love this series.  profanity is a bit overwhelming at

    absolutely love this series.  profanity is a bit overwhelming at first, but the unique story line, the great characters, the wit, humor and intelligence with which this book/series makes up for it and kept me enthralled.  this is by far, one of my favorites series.
    per the author pages, this is supposed to be part of a 7 book series, and i can't wait for the follow up books

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  • Posted April 12, 2014

    It's Oliver Twist meets The Game of Thrones or The Sting meets H

    It's Oliver Twist meets The Game of Thrones or The Sting meets Harry Potter. The protagonists are the perfect blend of irreverence and honor, seasoned with some scary qualities that rise to the surface when they are crossed. Simply put I found this book to be a seriously good time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Locke Lamore

    Great book! Wish I could give it more stars!! Whole series is spectacular!

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