Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

So as university gets underway, I figured I’d better get to reading more as well. Keep in mind that I’ve been really lazy about that and instead wasted my time playing video games more than reading, and I missed these trips into amazing-villes filled with unique characters, worlds, and plots.

I’m going to be straight up with you: this book is one I fully intend to read multiple times with pen in hand, to see just how Lynch managed to pull off everything he did, because wow. (That’s more or less grammatically correct now you know.)


Locke Lamora is no ordinary thief. He performs complicated trickeries on the highbrow nobility, cheating them out of their money in the most inventive and embarrassing ways — so they’ll never tell a soul he did it. Convenient, all things considered. But of course a setup like that is never flawless, and things get interesting when new players come onto the board and cause Locke and his Gentleman Bastards to trip up.

Seriously I can’t do this plot justice. It has the coolest and most strangely realistic fantasy city you will ever read about, snarky thieves that fuck up brilliantly, and a lot of fun twists that build up on one another like a house of cards — sometimes falling apart in a similar fashion. On purpose and with amazing style.

What I Liked

Everything. The characters, the setting, the ridiculous level of detail in the writing itself, the plot, the ending, the personalities, the heists, the complications, the imperfections and fuck-ups both Locke and his enemies make. Everything.


The interludes in the past between present-time chapters. They were ALWAYS relevant. Always, so I never skipped them, but some lingered a little too long and really, really, really broke the flow of the action towards the end. It’s the ONLY flaw. Seriously.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Read: if you like thought-out fantasy that isn’t typical and yet familiar in all the right places, sassy thieves, and well thought-out plot and characters.

Don’t read: if you don’t like outside the norm fantasy, cursing, and flawed as hell characters.

There is nothing else I can say other than GO TRY IT. You won’t see me this enthusiastic about a book if I didn’t adore it, and obviously that means something right? (Right.)

10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

    • I think you’d like it. There’s a lot of little details that are definitely worthwhile on top of everything else going on in the plot. So yeah I’m curious about the sequel but have a few other things to read first before I can take a crack at it.

  1. Ha! I went to mark this as “to read” on Goodreads and realized I already had! I knew I had heard something good about this book before. And now I remember I read Patrick Rothfuss’ review of it. It’s moving up the list! Sound like a great book.

    • Patrick Rothfuss is totally on my to read list in general lol. But yeah I can’t think of a single place that didn’t praise this book, even if they were more critical of it than I was. I heard Scott Lynch went through some really rough times while writing this and its sequel though.

      But yeah if you read it be sure to drop back by and tell me what you thought of it. :D

  2. This one is sitting second in my reading queue. I’m looking forward to it. Lynch is a hoot and if you ever meet him, ask him to read a portion of conflicting dialogue as Gollum. You will laugh for days!

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