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What we’re reading: The Lies of Locke Lamora

lies-of-locke-lamoraI’ve been reading a bunch of non-fantasy, non-paranormal books lately – yeah, it happens – so I thought I’d introduce an old fantasy favourite.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first in a series called The Gentlemen Bastards, by American author Scott Lynch. It came out in 2006, quite a few years ago now. There’s a book 2, Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007), but I believe the author has been ill of late and the third book, The Republic of Thieves, is due to come out this year.

Locke Lamora is amazing in so many ways. I’m not even going to tell you what it’s about, except to say that Locke is a thief and a conman, and the stuff he gets up to will charm your socks off.

Check out the first chapter, and you’ll see why Mr. Lynch’s editor bought this series on three chapters and a prayer. It is surprising, given how good this is, and given the market’s voracious appetite for ‘more of the same’, that even after so many years, there is still nothing else like it out there.

Or maybe not so surprising, come to think of it.

Check out the author’s website, or the ebook on Amazon.

3 thoughts on “What we’re reading: The Lies of Locke Lamora

  1. I read this book years ago and loved it! I think the title with its alliteration first caught my eye. The characters were great. Thanks for the update on book three.

  2. Erica–Thanks for this Rec. It sounds wonderful. I was just saying in the comments of my post that one of the best, unexpected perks of this blog is it the recommendations. This is the kind of book I love to listen to on audio, I’ll have to wait until I get my next audio credit.

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