… the greatest thief who ever lived? In The Lies of Locke Lamora*, Scott Lynch brings to life a surreal world of con artists and thieves. This world holds great treasures and shocking dangers, nobles and assassins, magic both beautiful and deadly. Locke Lamora’s band poses as petty thieves to avoid attention, but the entire city talks about his alter-ego, the Thorn of Camorr, and how he swindles and embarrasses the nobles. Locke is no Robin Hood, however; he is in this solely for the profits of his gang … and the Thorn’s reputation as the best con artist and thief. Unfortunately, that pride in his abilities and reputation may prove to be Locke’s undoing.
The action rarely pauses in this detailed novel. Scott Lynch has filled his alien world with rich descriptions of the sights, sounds, and even smells that surround the merry gang of con artists. Dark humor, fantasy, and gritty danger are deftly mixed as Locke takes on nobles, guards, other thieves, and even his friends. The web of intrigue, plots, and counter-plots can be dizzying, but it is worth following through to the end.
* The second book in the series is Red Seas under Red Skies.
Reviewed by Fran (staff)