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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079755
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Peters on Feb. 15 2008
Format: Paperback
Scott Lynch has a way with words reminiscent of George R.R. Martin; he creates a gritty world full of colorful and multifaceted characters. The plot is centralized in one city, a location fraught with intrigue and enough history to fill volumes with. There's an underbelly to the city, of course, which we are thrust into as we follow the cunning Locke Lamora's rise to infamy and his ultimate quest for revenge.

One of the charms of this book is the way in which Lynch tells the story; this is anything but a straight forward narrative. Throughout the "main plot" we are told intermittently about the history of Locke Lamora, his admittance into the criminal organization known as "The Gentlemen Bastards", and his training in the art of theft. Each of the characters presented is beautifully fleshed out, with their own histories, agendas and motivations, making for a believable and engrossing novel.

If you're a fan of grittier fantasy - gods, thieves, plot and intrigue, and (of course) fantastic story telling - then this is the novel for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Lavigne on Sept. 21 2009
Format: Paperback
Even if his name appears on the front page of this book, I'll try not to mention George R.R. Martin in my review (oops! too late). Associating new authors with well known and established fantasy authors no doubt helps in selling books, but I find that this business practice is usually misleading such as in the present case.

The world created by the author is inspired by Italian city-states of the late Middle-Age. If it was not of the involvement of a mage, this novel could have easily been categorized as a fiction instead of a fantasy novel. This book can be read as a stand alone novel, and its story follows a single storyline.

The main character, Locke Lamora, is a con artist. The story focuses on the cleverness of Lamora and his ability to conceive bold plans and to improvise his way out of trouble. What is really interesting is that the reader is not left in the black with regard to Lamora's plans and motivations. As such, as a reader you feel like you are being part of his plans instead of only being a spectator of their outcome.

I however find that the ending was rather disappointing. This book shines because of the personality of its characters, and the events in the end are triggered by actions that were rather out of character (this is especially true for the mage mentioned above, but also for Lamora). Despite the ending, this novel is an 'absolute must read' for its entertainment value, and as such I give it five stars.
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This book combines all the elements of fantastic fantasy, thoughtful, provocative and characters that you really root for. Scott Lynch has many great stories ahead of him.
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By Laura Passenger on May 18 2014
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This author had me hooked after only a few pages in. Definitely a new talent worth following. Right up there with Abercrombe, Weeks, Sanderson, Brett and Esslemont.
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By donna on March 11 2014
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can't wait for more from this guy ! one of the best I have read in years.
couldn't put it down.
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I absolutely loved this book. Every time I thought the story was starting to wind down a bit there was another plot twist; another major conplication. And each time the characters dealt with it in a logical and exciting way. I wish there had been a map to reference, but oh well, can't have everything.
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