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 …
Review: (Video review)
A deceptive coop from a master thief that makes your head spin. The inventive and innovative language in this fantastic story of lies made me fascinated of reading anew. I felt more excited about hearing Scott Lynch’s words on paper, that didn’t disappoint in bringing to life vulgarity and brotherly banter, than the actual plot. How many ways can you tell some one to get lost – endless from what this book has to offer. The ambitious pick-pocketers grew in confidence and attempted all the more daring coops before karma caught up on their doorstep. The protagonist Locke Lamora, although under many names, was not the hero, but instead he tended to trust his good friend Jean Tannen. This was an intriguing story even though it didn’t still my hunger for my favourite genres containing at least some romance, a clear goal and a mission grander than only gut out the pockets of the aristocrats.
Message & Moral
The friendship in this story is strong and the Gentlemen Bastards keep covering each others’ backs, both physically and with plenty of sneaky lies. I can’t say that the moral is something I can agree with, however the debate of its moral standpoint is an intriguing one throughout out the book. Where does Locke Lamora draw the line between being an insignificant pick-pocketer and a stone cold killer? Where does he draw the line of who he can steal from and whom of his friends he can draw into his mess; that might stand in the line of fire when their lies are revealed? It keeps you reconsidering whether you are on Locke’s side or not.
Creatures & Environment
I have never read a book before that could describe the surroundings quite like Scott Lynch does in The Lies of Locke Lamora. I would simply state it is fantastic. New events are described from past ones, cities are described by a measure rather than only the scenery and the people by their oddities instead of their face value. There is no limit to Scott’s imagination and it felt as if he was shaping the world with his hands rather than just showing it to us. The characters were easily distinguishable and portrayed by their morals and standpoints rather than by their appearances.
Captivation and Continuity
Perhaps this book lacked a few of the elements I personally consider crucial in books, such as an end purpose and a romance. I wanted to have been advised of where Locke Lamora wanted to take his schemes and that it would be a big event. I didn’t find it interesting enough to know that his plans were to rob people day to day and that it was a trivial occasion passing in time rather than making a dent in time. Having said that, the every day challenges kept my attention, especially with the help of the skilfully crafted language.
Language & Flow
This is where this book thrived in my opinion. The details explained in the story are extraordinary and even if this is not your preferred genre, I would recommend you read it just due to the language. It is refreshing to hear another jargon in a story that was in fact quite basic, but felt intricate due to the delicacy in the wording.
T.M. Caruana’s The Crystal Ball Award