Review of “The Lies of Locke Lamora” (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch

Lynch, Scott. The Lies of Locke Lamora. New York: Bantam Books, 2006.

Hardcover | $23.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0553804676 | 499 pages | Fantasy

4 stars

I read The Lies of Locke Lamora after receiving recommendations for it from the same BookTubers who recommended Brandon Sanderson. In spite of it being pitched as being rather different in terms of scope, I was intrigued. And for the most part, while I did feel like it felt a little slow at first, and even disconcerting with the frequent flashbacks, I ended up really enjoying it.

One of the best things about the book is the focus on the characters and the friendships that develops between this group of thieves, but especially Locke and Jean. And Locke as a character is really fun to read about, and really epitomizes the balance between a gentleman with his heart in the right place and a bastard of a thief.

And while this book does veer into somewhat darker territory than I often prefer, and it definitely had some intense moments, I think it was executed well, especially with a good balance of the bleak moments with some great moments of humor that had me laughing out loud.

This is a delightfully original fantasy book, and one that I recommend to fantasy fans, especially those who are looking for stories with morally gray characters.

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