Where to begin?
So as some of you may recall, I recently picked up one of Scott Lynch’s books. Sadly, it was book 3 (I swear I didn’t know!) of an established series: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence. Upon my realizing my mistake, I returned to my audiobook purveyor of choice (Audible) and grabbed the first book: The Lies of Locke Lamora. I finished the book yesterday, and now I am ready to write my review. I will try to avoid spoilers on the story, but I will say that some spoiler-ish things are going to be said. Such as Locke Lamora survives the book, this should be obvious as there are three books currently published in this series, and Locke Lamora is the main character. So, if I spoil something of the story here, I apologize.
Grade: A- Trust me, it’s very difficult for a book to earn a perfect score, but this book was (by my measure) really flipping great.
I will give you the distilled version of this review upfront: Buy this book. Read this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I believe you will as well.
Now the longer version:
The story revolves around a thief named Locke Lamora. What a great name. As an old-school fan of comics, alliterative names are just fun. Locke is an amazing con man with a very colorful past. A good deal of Locke’s early life is told through a series of interludes. It is during these interludes that we learn of how he became a thief and how he met the thieves with whom he works: The Gentlemen Bastards. Again, another great name. I will not spoil any of his backstory here, but I will offer that if Mr. Lynch decided to write a series of stories about Locke and the rest when they were young thieves, I’d buy it.
Fundamentally, the story is about a massive con game. Not trying to give anything away, and I will explain no more of it in detail. The story manages to maintain a splendid pace, and the action sequences have been written extremely well. So well as to make me wonder what if any, martial arts Mr. Lynch has studied. There are many colorful characters and brilliant twists. I would love to tell you about a twist near the end of the story that had me in stitches, but that would spoil the fun.
The narrator, Michael Page was brilliant. So if you are a fan of audiobooks (I most assuredly am), I recommend it. If you are a fan of words on a page (including e-readers), this book is still a fun read.
Am I an idiot for writing a review of a book that is now eight years old? Perhaps. But, I did promise to write a review of the book to make amends to Mr. Lynch for missing the first two books. Will I continue to read the series: that’s a definitive: YES. I found the story and characters to be very interesting. I think that Mr. Lynch’s world-building skill is amazing, and I look forward to seeing what comes next.