The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1)

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I received this book via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

For several years I’ve seen recommendations and rave reviews about Scott Lynch’s debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Now after reading the book for myself, I can without a doubt see why it was recommended and why it has got those glowing reviews.

Locke Lamora, leader of a gang of con artists, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a power struggle in the city of Camorr’s criminal underworld between the city’s long-time Capa and the mysterious Grey King.  Locke’s world for the last 20 years gets overturned and nearly all his friends murdered; revenge suddenly becomes his sole concern but finds himself opposed by the Duke’s secret police chief as well as everyone else in the criminal underworld on top of a Bondmage.  At first what seems to be a story about a con game quickly turns into one of revenge and paybacks.

Throughout the book Lynch inserted Interludes between Chapters, which turned out entertaining flashbacks and world-building selections that came relevant as the book progressed.  Although a cynic would say they were just info-dumps, they are craftily constructed info-dumps that give depth to the character’s backgrounds and to the world at large in brief glimpse that don’t slow down the main plot.

One of the things I judge a book on is how much I’m looking forward to getting my hands back on it, and frankly throughout my day I couldn’t wait for a break or lunch so I could delve into the city of Camorr following Locke’s progress.  Highly recommended.

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