“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”
― Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch struck gold with the Gentleman Bastard series. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first of (so far) three installments, and, as you can see on the cover, even George R.R. Martin has endorsed it.
Locke and his fellow Gentleman Bastards appear to be lowly pick-pockets in a city full of thieves that pay homage to Barsavi, lord of the underworld. What is unknown to all who dwell in the city, (which is clearly based on Venice, Italy), is that the Gentleman Bastards are actually genius con artists preying solely on the elite.
When a man called the Grey King appears on the scene, the Gentleman Bastards no longer find themselves able to live a happy, secret existence robbing the rich. Can Locke find a way to lead his crew, pull of one of his greatest cons yet, and survive the Grey King before it’s too late?
When I was gifted The Lies of Locke Lamora, it was described to me as “Ocean’s Eleven, but in a fantasy setting,” and that is exactly what it is. The novel is written as if you are watching it like a movie. There is very little character development internally. You know where they have gone, and what they have done, but much isn’t given as to how they think and feel about it. It really reads just as if you’re watching a movie, which was disappointing to me.
I think I was lucky in the sense that I was warned the novel would read that way, but it still felt like I was being cheated on my time. The book could’ve been half the size, which would have made it that much more entertaining, but it dragged on way too long.
I will say that it was entertaining, but not enough that it justified the amount of pages it had. However, if you’re into long winded labyrinths of con artist’s adventures, then this is the book for you!
Buy it here!