OMG Fantastic!! Five BILLION Stars!!
How’s that for some enthusiasm? I haven’t been this excited about a series since George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for you TV people). It hasn’t been since I first read A Game of Thrones that I had to buy the next book in the series immediately. And the next one, too. So really, I”ll be reviewing the whole Gentleman Bastards Sequence, so far.
I picked up The Lies of Locke Lamora because I’m getting ready to write my own fantasy series, and needed inspiration. And it was provided in spades. In fact, I feel that Lynch has set the bar rather high. He does everything right. If I can emulate him to a tiny degree, I’ll be happy.
Locke Lamora is an orphan with an unknown past, picked up by a “thiefmaker” in a fantastical version of Renaissance Venice, known as Camorr. It soon becomes apparent that Locke at age six or seven is dangerously good at what he does. Mostly dangerous.. So, the thiefmaker sells him to a temple, where the resident priest is really a confidence trickster, grooming youngsters for the trade.
Locke joins the twins, Calo and Galdo Sanza, along with the mysterious Sabetha, who is away training. Eventually Jean Tannen, a burly nerdy sort, rounds out their little gang. The story quickly jumps ahead to Locke in his early twenties. The old priest is dead, Sabetha is gone (and no one is willing to talk about it), and a 12-year-old named Bug is now part of the group.