Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Lies of Locke LamoraThe Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Read: May 27 – June 25, 2013
Book club selection – fantasy genre.

Goodreads Book Blurb: In this stunning debut, Scott Lynch delivers the thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his tightly knit band of tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood,” one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling….

And orphan’s life is harsh–and often short–in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly.

Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game–or die trying…

My Opinion: I really enjoyed Lynch’s debut novel. It was fantasy without being cliché. It is everything the review promises with being part “Robin Hood” and part “Ocean’s Eleven”. It is chock full of adult humor, swearing that actually fits the storyline, and characters you can’t help but love.

I really enjoyed that Locke and Co. weren’t really the “good” guys. They were like Robin Hood, but not really. It was a nice twist to not have the protagonist be the altruistic good guy. Locke is self-serving, cocky and lovable. He is the character we see most of, so it is good that I liked him.

The writing, stylistically and technically, is excellent. While the story took me a little bit to get into, once I was hooked, I was a goner.

Now, onto things I didn’t like. I wasn’t a huge fan of the alternating timelines. Chapters swapped between past and present, and sometimes it was hard to tell what was going on, and at times it was hard to see what the point was.

While the characters present are great, and I am OK with books not having a female character… Lies of Locke Lamora lacks a female character. It is worth noting.

Continuity was lacking in some aspects of the story. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling it, but this is not written in the same style as most epic fantasy. There is no circle.

Bottom Line: A solid debut, and a very enjoyable high fantasy read.

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