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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Lynch Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gentleman Bastard Series Release Date:
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In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling.

An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains—a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans—a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful—and more ambitious—than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men—and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game—or die trying.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fresh, original, and engrossing…gorgeously realized.”

    George R. R. Martin

  • “Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”

    Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

  • “Remarkable…Scott Lynch’s first novel, 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.”

    Times (London)

  • “A unique fantasy milieu peopled by absorbing, colorful characters…Locke’s wit and audacity endear him to victims and bystanders alike.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf…Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by KG | 2/17/2014

    " Wow! That was one riveting novel! What a talent Scott Lynch has - the ability to weave a complex tale, the skill to interject tidbits of critical information...casually, as though just as random background filler, and the power to craft characters that interact powerfully and really come to life! For what it's worth, I listened to the audiobook version - and the narrater, Michael Page, was A-Freaking-Mazing at rendering all the various voices - precisely and credibly!!! What a fun experience - both story and narration! I can't wait to get ahold of the next in this series ("Red Seas Under Red Skies")! Michel Page also narrates book #2 - - so I'm totally looking forward to this next experience! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob | 2/11/2014

    " 3.5 stars? The latter third didnt really do it for me, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rmichno | 2/4/2014

    " Couldn't connect with any of the characters. The plot seemed ok but not all that interesting. Stopped 1/4 into the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel | 1/24/2014

    " A fun book that feels more like a caper movie out of the 60s than a fantasy book. Good fun with clever plots to rob the rich just to do it. I enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch is a writer of fantasy novels. He has also worked as a freelance writer, dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager, and prep cook. He lives in New Richmond, Wisconsin.