Wow. Just… wow.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is the best fantasy novel I’ve read in a really, really long time. It’s about Locke Lamora, an orphan turned con artist and leader of a gang of thieves known as the Gentleman Bastards. Locke is a bit of a legend in the island city of Camorr, with rumors of his antics and escapes from death being chalked up to myth. But now there’s someone new lurking about who is more ambitious and dangerous than him. When a bloody takeover threatens everything Locke knows, he grits his teeth to fight back, or die trying.
The writing is just fantastic – humorous, exciting, and captivating. The beginning starts off a bit slow-paced, but entertaining as you learn a bit about the world this is set in, and see the fun and games of deception that Locke is playing. The chapters alternate between the present and the past, which I loved – in the present, we get to see grown-up Locke running a long con and the set up for the events about to happen. In the past, we see young Locke learning the tricks of the trade and his various antics. As the book goes on, the situation in Camorr gets more and more serious and I got more and more invested in the big mysterious plot. Things picked up pace a lot in the last third of the book, and there were time when I was biting my nails, tearing up, gasping, laughing, and cheering out loud. You guys, SO MANY FEELS. It was just brilliant.
I really, really like Locke and his band of thieves. They’re all actually pretty average in most respects, except they have more brain power and cleverness than most. They don’t rely on magic or any super special power or skill to do what they do. They scrape by on their wits, and that’s awesome. At the same time, they have great pirate-like banter and say things like “Savvy?” and it was all just so great. Am I even making sense anymore? This is why I’m bad at reviewing books that I love, because without telling you all the freaking spoilers, I just keep saying “I love it! It was great! Fantastic! Wonderful! READ IT!”
This is the first in the Gentleman Bastards series – I believe it’s supposed to be seven books long, but the third is just being released in October. Honestly, The Lies of Locke Lamora could be read as a stand alone novel. There are no huge cliffhangers – the main storyline is tied up pretty well, and you won’t be left with any huge plot questions. BUT I already bought the second book, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and can’t wait to get into it because I love the characters and I want to learn more about the world it’s set in, and I want to know a little more about a few things that were mentioned but never harped on. And because this was just so damn FUN to read.
Anyways, if you’re looking for a fantasy novel to read, here it is! I’ve been eyeing this for probably two years before I finally decided to buy it and give it a try, and OMG WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?
Sarah Says: 5 stars