The Lies of Locke Lamora

World Fantasy Award, 2007

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473216792

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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 …

Reviews

The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining
The Times
Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized
George R.R. Martin
The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my top ten books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven't read it, you should
Patrick Rothfuss
A great, swashbuckling yarn of a novel
Richard Morgan
Filled with thievery goodness, hilarious turns of phrase and description, and some truly harebrained schemes, The Lies of Locke Lamora belongs on any fantasy fans bookshelf
The Fantasy Book Review
This extremely well-written tale of avarice and brotherhood is a treasure of gold
Novel Notions
A rewarding read, well written, and entertaining
Mark Lawrence
[This book] stole hours of sleep. It wrapped me in cozy myth. It gave me the blessing of feeling like a kid again
Pierce Brown
If you like intelligent funny dialogue, clever protagonists facing equally clever antagonists, and vivid original world building, Scott Lynch is your guy
Rick Riordan