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The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It reminds me of a very adult, fantasy version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Very funny, very witty dialogue, excellent world building, and man does it jerk the tears out of a reader at the most unexpected moments.

It follows the exploits of Locke and other criminal elements in the city of Camorr which is a sort of degenerate Venice. Lots of really cool stuff about the sea and bizarre sea creatures as a result. The city is full of strange artifacts left behind by non-human creators who died out over a thousand years ago, and alchemists abound.

The very rich live in towers that overlook the teeming mass of the very poor and desperate. Locke and his associates mingle deftly with both groups and get up to hijinks both amusing and of the utmost importance.

I highly recommend this book. I had so much fun reading it. Can't wait to start the next one. I'd love to watch the HBO series of this book.

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