The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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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 . . .

Publisher: Gollancz, 2006
ISBN: 9780575078024
0575078022
9781407234731
Branch Call Number: AF LYNC

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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 a... Read More »


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 14, 2018

Part high fantasy, part heist/caper...this is a pretty cool read. Wish there were more female characters tho!

sundanced Jul 13, 2018

A clever fantasy heist story with swashbuckling hero con men taking center stage. Filled with adventure, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 04, 2017

This fantasy novel blends a rich and descriptive world with a compelling band of characters. While I found that the first 30% or so tended to drag on slightly because of the amount of setup Lynch had to prepare, the following 70% of the book draws you in and doesn't let go. The plot is a captivating mix of heists, revenge, and action, which makes for a rollercoaster of a story. I grew to love each of the “Gentleman Bastards” (as the main group of thieves is so aptly named), and if you love a witty and intelligent main character, this book is the one for you.
- @MellyJelly of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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stewstealth
May 23, 2017

A good fantasy novel. The author is very descriptive in the settings with a good paced narrative. Would have liked a bit more character development for the antagonists. Worth reading if you enjoy the genre.

jasoneshoup Apr 28, 2017

Simply one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Absolutely outstanding.

This is a hearty stew of adventure, magic, thievery and con games within con games worthy of The Sting. It is also an extremely unconventional coming-of-age story and a commentary on societal justice with nuggets of wisdom such as “You can’t help being young, but it’s past time that you stopped being stupid.” and “Most common folk outside the city don’t own their own land any more than city renters own their buildings. An old soldier with a tenancy gets a nice spot of land to farm until he dies; it’s a sort of allowance from the duke.” Chains chuckled. “Given in exchange for one’s youth and health.” The group of thieves at the heart of this tale don’t even have a use for all the money they’ve stolen; they are more interested in taking it from the upper crust who think they are untouchable balancing the scales of justice so to speak.

ArapahoeKathrynR Nov 18, 2016

If you are itching for the new Patrick Rothfuss or G.R.R.Martin book - this book will be right up your alley. Clever and fun, this Fantasy Crime thriller combines the best of two worlds to make for an excellent read!

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Rav3nclaw
Dec 22, 2015

Such a fun read! Its like a medieval heist version of the Oceans movies. It does get bloody in a few spots but it doesn't go as far as Game of Thrones. I really loved watching the relationship between the characters and found myself wishing to see more stories of this amazing band of thieves! The sequels are good too though I think this is still my favorite. :)

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LT
Nov 02, 2015

The book is well-written, and Lynch has tremendous powers of description. However, all of the characters were so amoral (up to Part II, at least) that I couldn't develop any attachment to them, so I gave up. I may try again some day.

mvkramer Aug 08, 2015

I started reading this book seven years ago. Recently I decided to revisit it, and I'm glad I did! A fast-paced, complex, fantasy heist story - there's a lot to like. The stakes just keep getting higher and the situation more complex until everything crashes down spectacularly at the end.

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“Just one question," said Locke. "I'll grant the Lamora part is easy to spot; the truth is, I didn't know about the apt translation when I took the name. I borrowed it from this old sausage dealer who was kind to me once, back in Catchfire before the plague. I just liked the way it sounded.
"But what" he said slowly, "ever gave you the idea that Locke was the first name I was actually born with?”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“Throwing blondes at Locke Lamora was not unlike throwing lettuce at sharks.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“I don't have to beat you. I don't have to beat you. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”

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