The lies of Locke Lamora

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'One of my top ten books ever. Maybe top five. If you haven't read it, you should' Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

'Fresh, original and engrossing' George R.R. Martin, the phenomenon behind A Game of Thrones


They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count.

Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.

Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it's a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city.

But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa's power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming.

A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King. Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr. As for Locke Lamora ...


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The Lies of Locke Lamora can be described as The Godfather meets Ocean’s Eleven, set in a fantasy world.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (the first book of the Gentleman Bastards Sequence) is a fantasy novel by Scott Lynch, published in 2006. It is set in the dangerous and gritty city of Camorr, a place teeming with thieves and other unsavory characters. One of these thieves, known as Locke Lamora, remains an enigma with his true identity concealed. Locke, an intelligent and inquisitive orphan, also happens to be the most skilled thief in Camorr. Following the death of his parents, Locke embarks on a life of thievery, devising intricate and perilous heists that often end in calamity. Eventually, Locke joins forces with a group of fellow con artists, forming the notorious thieving crew known as the Gentleman Bastards. Together, they undertake their most daring and intricate heist yet…

This book is incredibly entertaining and captivating, hooking readers from the very first sentence. It is a testament to Scott Lynch’s talent, especially considering that The Lies of Locke Lamora is his debut novel. However, the entertainment value of this book does not come at the expense of shallow and one-dimensional characters. On the contrary, it is brimming with brilliant, fascinating, multi-dimensional, humorous, and relatable characters. The Lies of Locke Lamora can be described as The Godfather meets Ocean’s Eleven, set in a fantasy world. It is a novel that offers something of interest to a wide range of readers.

Aarni, harjoittelija, Helsingfors Bokhuset