Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

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The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Upon my finishing The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss which my brother had recommended, he suggested that I should check this book out. I’m glad I did. The story-telling is exceptional. It is a web, carefully crafted that changes patterns rather than grow complacent. I am nearly as miserly with the 5-star ratings as I am with the 1-star ratings, but this is unapologetically a 5-star tale.

This fantasy is set in a Venetian-like city-state in a period not unlike the Renaissance. However, the history and culture are imaginatively unique to this tale. The protagonist is an Oliver-like orphan whom we follow both as a child thief-in-training and as an adult in alternating chapters. His greatest assets are his wit and his wile, neither of which gets him very far in…

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3 responses to “Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • I am currently reading through the sequel to Lies. So far, also good–not that that’s a surprise. Name of the Wind is beautifully written. The world-building is deeper and richer than even that of Locke Lamora. However, it starts very slowly. The tale’s telling is told through a filter of an older version of the main character. I gave it 4 stars which is a good rating from me–I’m stingy. I gave a sequel of Wind, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, 5 stars. It’s a different, more poetic way of writing.

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