Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch (Book 1-3) Review

In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…

An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying . . .

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my favourite books. It has great and interesting characters, it has a great unpredictable plot and an amazing humour that made me laughs. And the main thing that I like about this book is the relationship between Locke and Jean. I love these two. They’re on the same list with Holmes and Watson. They support each other and their interactions made me want to be friend with them. Scott is able to turn the actually bleak world into this funny and lighthearted story. Camorr is definitely interesting and different. This place is basically a criminal nation. And also the main characters are not your typical knight with a sword hero, and instead, they’re thieves. Which is a really a big plus. There are also many great female characters in this series. The writing is amazing.

But let’s move to the problem that I have with the series. Frankly, I’m really not impressed with The Republic of Thieves, I almost hate it. There are going to be some spoilers here so stop if you haven’t read the book or if you don’t care about spoiler (like me). The main thing that made me love The Lies of Locke Lamora is the relationship between Locke and Jean and The Republic of Thieves introduced a romantic relationship between Locke and Sabetha. And the romance is not comparable to the friendship between Locke and Jean. And the third book focused so much on the romance that I can’t enjoy the book as much as the first book. And the plot of the story (the main story) is really boring. There are hardly any interesting things happening most of the book is spent on Locke day-dreaming about Sabetha (get ahold of yourself, Locke!). There’s also a plot twist that’s badly placed . . . This book is not all bad though. It really starts strong and highlights the bond between Locke and Jean. And also more magic.


You should check The Lies of Locke Lamora if you like thieves with great humour.

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