Book Review: Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Camorr is a Venice-styled fictional dukedom, complete with canals, gondolas, opulent architecture and, most importantly, Camorr’s speciality– thieves. 

Ruled by a ruthless mob lord, this dark, cutthroat underworld is home to Locke Lamora and his gang of nimble-fingered con artists. Quickly growing infamous for their ingenious schemes, the “Gentlemen Bastards” (as they call themselves) are on a mission to pull their greatest heist yet. 

However, the arrival of a mysterious Gray King threatens to unravel the delicate order of the Camorri underworld. To save his friends, Locke must defeat the Gray King and his elusive sorcery or risk losing everything.

 

The reason this book is always high on my must-recommends is the seamless ease with which Scott Lynch weaves stunning visuals of his imaginary world without once compromising on the fast-paced action of the plot. The dialogue is sharp and witty and has you falling in love with all the characters. The series is continued by two other books (with another book apparently in the works), which further develop the character backstories.

 If you want a hilarious book with a lively, engaging story-line, you have to pick up ‘Lies of Locke Lamora’. I promise you won’t be able to put it back down.

Shivani Gowda, 11 ISC

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