The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2007
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The Lies of Locke Lamora
Something a little different.
Scott Lynch's first book in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence is not one to undertake lightly; if you are not full committed to his writing, I think, you'll m... READ MORE
Taran Baker at Milton Keynes Mid Place
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch writes fantastically. His universe is beautifully textured and has rare depth - it's obvious how well thought-out his books are. His protagonis... READ MORE
Louise at Exeter
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Modern Innovative Classic
Scott Lynch has done something incredible with this book, setting up a world completely his own, devoid of comparison, other than a nod and a wink to Dicke... READ MORE
Liam Nicholson at Sheffield Orchard Sq.
The Lies of Locke Lamora
I Have A Problem With This Book
I must admit that I have a problem with this book. It is not a problem with the plot, the structure or the dialogue. It's not even a problem with the world... READ MORE
Conor O'Loughnan


'One of my top ten books ever. Maybe top five. If you haven't read it, you should' Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

'Fresh, original and engrossing' George R.R. Martin, the phenomenon behind A Game of Thrones

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 ...

Readers can't get enough of Locke Lamora:

'Original, engrossing, emotional, and devastatingly impactful; this extremely well-written tale of avarice and brotherhood is a treasure of gold, and you will want your share of it' Novel Notions

'A rewarding read, well written, and entertaining. I'd recommend any fantasy fan to give it a try' Mark Lawrence, Sunday Times bestselling author

'It is witty, profane, violent, over the top, and frequently hilarious. I can't believe this is Scott Lynch's first novel, and I can't wait to read more. This is an incredibly fun adventure novel. Find yourself a copy and read it' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'You guys, this story is unreal. It's so morally wrong that you don't even want it to be right. It's that luring, that gritty, that bold . . . its masterfully chaotic - so many subplots, so many characters, so much world-building. theres never a dull moment . . . its intricately woven - no movement, no scene, no word is insignificant. Everything is so interconnected on so many levels. I straight up got chills in some parts' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A love child of Ocean's Eleven and The Godfather. With blood, deaths, betrayals, money, and drowning in horse urine . . . and it's SO. GOOD' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'It stole hours of sleep. It wrapped me in cozy myth. It gave me the blessing of feeling like a kid again, snuggled up with a book, wondering how the hell 10pm became 4am. Find. Buy. Consume' Pierce Brown, bestselling author of the Red Rising series

'I mean seriously, I loved all those characters and their cunning and deceiving ways. XD Throughout the entire book I never knew what to expect and there were about a ton of "Oh, sh*t!" moments that were shortly followed by "Jeez! NO!" and "What happened now?" exclamations' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9780575079755
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 38 mm

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The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Despite having read a particularly negative review of this book on, I decided to buy it and found it incredibly amusing and entertainin... READ MORE
Luis Ponce
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora
One of the best and certainly the most original fantasy novels I've read in some time. Set in Camorr, a city with more than a passing resemblance to Venice... READ MORE
Richard Green
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora
This is the best book in the world! If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. The story of The Gentlemen Bastards, trying to... READ MORE
Liza at Basingstoke
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Original, stylish and vivid storytelling
‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ establishes Scott Lynch as an innovative and gifted new talent in modern fantasy writing. Combining sneak-thievery, devilish plo... READ MORE
Thomas Eveleigh
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Page Turner
This book is absolutely amazing and superbly written. The back drop to the tale is fascinatingly illustrated and filled with interesting characters. Once y... READ MORE
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Good opener!!
I found this book by chance, whilst searching for some new authors, and I'm really glad I did! It reads like a more violent aand darker episode of Hustle(y... READ MORE
The Lies of Locke Lamora
280 pages of brilliance, plus 250 of needless verbosity
When it comes to SF, I’ve read enough to know what I like but not so much that there’s virtually none of it left. With proper Fantasy it’s a different mat... READ MORE
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A bit of a slow start but push through because it's absolutely amazing. An usual cross between Oceans Eleven and renaissance Italy this gem of a book has i... READ MORE
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Excellent, long and involved introduction to this new fantasy world. Mr Lynch sprinkles the story with illuminating (and inevitably entertaining) backgroun... READ MORE
Stefan Fergus
The Lies of Locke Lamora
This novel is full of twists and turns
I can’t believe it has taken me so long to finally pick up this series as its amazing. This novel follows Locke Lamora aka The Thorn of Camorr, a notorious... READ MORE
Michaela McClelland
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Witty page turner
A good story about first class masterthieves spinning layers upon layers of plots for their often not-so-poor victims, getting themselves in the worst trou... READ MORE
Lieselotte Goessens
The Lies of Locke Lamora
BOOK REVIEW: This book is absolutely fantastic. A truly marvellous fantasy novel, set in the fictional city of Camorr, this book takes you through the stor... READ MORE
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The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora is something else; a remarkable and brilliant fantasy romp with some of the best fantasy characters. It's so clever and when all t... READ MORE
The Lies of Locke Lamora
I'm already invested
Found family and heists, it's perfect.
Thea Johonnett
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A slow burner but worth the wait..
This was a book I really, really wanted to enjoy. From the front cover to the blurb.. everything about it appealed to me, so I had my fingers crossed from ... READ MORE
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A wonderful surprise
A very moving and funny book. Throughout the adventure it is always surprising, it has very surprising twists and turns that you don't expect anything. I ... READ MORE
Santiago  Freire Perez
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Essential for fans of Patrick Rothfuss
I blitzed through this book, very fast-paced and so much fun to read. Loveable characters and a really interesting world with intricate politics.