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The Lies of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, by Scott Lynch

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By Scott Lynch

"Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch's first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly built crime caper into an unique realm of delusion, and the result's engagingly entertaining."--The occasions (London)

An orphan's existence is harsh--and usually short--in the mysterious island urban of Camorr. yet younger Locke Lamora dodges demise and slavery, turning into a thief below the tutelage of a proficient con artist. As chief of the band of light-fingered brothers often called the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is quickly notorious, fooling even the underworld's such a lot feared ruler. yet within the shadows lurks somebody nonetheless extra bold and lethal. confronted with a bloody coup that threatens to smash everybody and every little thing that holds that means in his mercenary existence, Locke vows to overcome the enemy at his personal brutal game--or die trying.

Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora

"Fresh, unique, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized."--George R. R. Martin

"Right now, within the complete flush of a moment analyzing, i believe The Lies of Locke Lamora is maybe in my best ten favourite books ever. might be my most sensible 5. if you happen to haven't learn it, you need to. when you have learn it, you'll want to most likely learn it again."--Patrick Rothfuss, long island instances bestselling writer of The identify of the Wind

"A precise fable milieu peopled by means of soaking up, colourful characters . . . Locke's wit and audacity endear him to sufferers and bystanders alike."--The Seattle Times

"A actual style bender, at domestic on nearly any type of fiction shelf . . . Lynch instantly establishes himself as a proficient and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, let alone David Liss or even Dickens."--Booklist (starred review)

"High-octane myth . . . a very good swashbuckling yarn of a novel."--Richard Morgan

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It’s a raven,” said Chett. ” Lark grinned. ” Or yours. It seemed to Chett that they needed the big man more than they needed Lark. “Stop fretting about Small Paul. ” Twilight was creeping through the woods by the time he rid himself of the Sisterman and sat down to edge his sword. It was bloody hard work with his gloves on, but he wasn’t about to take them off. Cold as it was, any fool that touched steel with a bare hand was going to lose a patch of skin. The dogs whimpered when the sun went down.

A ghastly large rock in the narrow sea, as I recall. And Evenfall is sworn to Storm’s End. ” “It is Lady Catelyn I serve. And she commanded me to deliver you safe to your brother Tyrion at King’s Landing, not to bandy words with you. ” “Talk with Ser Cleos then. ” Jaime hooted. “Are there monsters hereabouts? Hiding beneath the water, perhaps? In that thick of willows? ” Innocent? The wretched boy was spying on us. All Jaime had wanted was an hour alone with Cersei. Their journey north had been one long torment; seeing her every day, unable to touch her, knowing that Robert stumbled drunkenly into her bed every night in that great creaking wheelhouse.

Some chapters cover a day, some only an hour; others might span a fortnight, a month, half a year. With such a structure, the narrative cannot be strictly sequential; sometimes important things are happening simultaneously, a thousand leagues apart. In the case of the volume now in hand, the reader should realize that the opening chapters of A Storm of Swords do not follow the closing chapters of A Clash of Kings so much as overlap them. I open with a look at some of the things that were happening on the Fist of the First Men, at Riverrun, Harrenhal, and on the Trident while the Battle of the Blackwater was being fought at King’s Landing, and during its aftermath .

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