The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”
“Oh, please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

 

Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Scott Lynch
Why you should read this book: You have to read this if you like mystery and action and twists at every corner!

Summary from Goodreads:

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a ghost that walks through walls. Half the city believes him to be a legendary champion of the poor. The other half believe him to be a foolish myth. Nobody has it quite right.

Slightly built, unlucky in love, and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. He certainly didn’t invite the rumors that swirl around his exploits, which are actually confidence games of the most intricate sort. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else, pray tell, would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny of it. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves, the Gentlemen Bastards.

Locke and company are con artists in an age where con artistry, as we understand it, is a new and unknown style of crime. The less attention anyone pays to them, the better! But a deadly mystery has begun to haunt the ancient city of Camorr, and a clandestine war is threatening to tear the city’s underworld, the only home the Gentlemen Bastards have ever known, to bloody shreds. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends will find both their loyalty and their ingenuity tested to the breaking point as they struggle to stay alive.

“You write?”
“Why, all the time,” said Locke, “except of course when I’m wrong.”

It took me a long time to finish this book, not because I didn’t like it but because of so many other distractions, one being Pokemon Go. I am a pokemon trainer since I was a little girl; it was impossible for me not playing. That being said I have to admit this book was amazing! It has what I love about movies and books, the suspense, the thrill, the mystery, the charm. It has it all and I love it all!

“Very noted,” said Locke. “Received, recognized, and duly considered with the utmost gravity. Sealed, notarized, and firmly imprinted upon my rational essence.”

Locke Lamora is a thief. He loves being one and he is being one since he was very little. He is now a member of the Gentlemen Bastards and they do naughty things to rich people. I don’t want to say much about the book because without living it, it won’t do it justice. Read it, it’s long but it’s worth it. I started it because it has high ratings and I was sincerely curious about it. Then I noticed people I follow rated it highly and it convinced me a bit more. I thank them all for unknowingly recommending this marvelous book to me.

“You should try eating for quantity as well as consistency. I believe I once mentioned that you looked like a skeleton.”

Locke Lamore is described as a scrawny and ugly fellow who can charm his way out of any situation. I couldn’t disagree more with the ugly part. In my head he was charming as hell and that quality gave him the right looks, the hot looks. I have a lot of types when it comes to looks so maybe he was my type also being as ugly as they described him. Who knows?

“You’ve got that motherly concern in your eyes, Jean. I must look like hammered shit.”
“Actually, you look like you were executed last week.”

The Gentlemen Bastards are five male specimen, not counting the leader Chains who died in an unknown part of the story: my beloved Locke, soft but deadly Jean, the handsome twins Galdo and Calo and the youngest one, lurking master Bug. I would love to write everything I thought and loved about each one of them but spoilers are holding me back. I don’t want to spoil the story and I think everything I love about them is spoilerish! Sorry about that. Sorry about this messy review that it’s not a review at all.

Let me conclude saying this book was a rollercoaster of emotions and some parts left me breathless. The plans they plotted were amazing, so detailed and smart. The twists were mainly unexpected, I truly didn’t see the most of them coming. Good, I love surprises I can’t guess!
The secret, I want to know the secret!! Will I know the secret reading the following books? Jean knows and I feel that it’s my right to know it, too. Come on, tell me, I know how to keep a secret!

“Crooked Warden,” he whispered, “I’m going into this countinghouse, and I’m going to come out with what I need. I’d like your aid. And if I don’t get it, well, to hell with you. I’ll come out with what I need anyway.”

That’s Locke for you, love him!

Do I recommend it? I will recommend this to everyone so yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

Random Update: Look how beautiful is the japanese cover of this book! It’s also quite expensive but totally worth every yen!

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