When it comes to building a memorable, visionary city the gold standard (for me) is China Mieville’s New Crobuzon. However, I must say, Scott Lynch’s Camorr though quite different delivered on many of the same levels. Lynch showed us a city with an odd peace with crime so long as the nobility was not touched. In that city, thieves were trained as children to make money for other thieves, with a taste all going to the boss of crime, Bavarsi.
Locke Lamora was the best of these thieves. He and the Gentleman Bastards flaunted the secret peace and willingly stole from nobility…not with knives or guns but with their intelligence and training. Throughout the story, complications arise and the Gentleman Bastards get involved in something far outside their own making.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a tale of deception, revenge, and frightfully dark magic set in a hostile, dark, and violent world. Lynch’s tale moves quickly for the 700-plus pages, and in the end, the payoff is certainly worth the journey. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first in a seven-part series (only two others written so far), however, it is also reasonably self-contained so that you can be content just reading this one (though I’d imagine you’ll want to move forward after).