The Lies of Locke Lamora
Lamora is also unusual fantasy because it’s essentially a caper yarn. It has more in common with Ocean’s 11 than Lord of the Rings. Magic, fantastical creatures and fights for Good and Evil exist in the world Scott Lynch created, but those things are secondary to important questions like “How do we get the money?” and “How do we get revenge?”
I recommend to anyone suffering with Good Fantasy Angst waiting for the next in the Song of Ice and Fire series or The Kingkiller Chronicles.
– Bryce W
Scott Lynch treats us to a bit of the “present” and a bit of the “past” as chapters alternate between the latest scheme The Gentleman Bastards are attempting and the story of how the boys came to be the men in this tale. Both stories are linear, and the chapters are engaging enough that it doesn’t distract from the story, often lending insight into future scenes.
Bryce originally recommended this knowing my fondness for The Kingkiller Chronicles. The story jumps into the action a bit more quickly. It’s a compelling read, but for me the hook definitely came a bit later on in the story when things start getting a little more interesting for the Gentleman Bastards. It’s a fun, easy read with likable, believable characters. I would also recommend this series to any one who is a fan of the Lupin III franchise, while not quite as light-hearted, you may find the story similarly compelling.
The third volume of the series is do out October 8, but you can download The Republic of Thieves – Prologue now!