I’ve finished with my book from the previous week The Grapes of Wrath (my review on Goodreads is here). I am now focusing on a fantasy series that I’ve eyed for some time but didn’t get my hands on until recently. 😀 I love fantasy genre novels and this book has amazing world building. I’m talking about The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Camorr is a harsh place, but the details are astounding. I do have a bit of trouble with some similarly sounding names but the characters are distinct enough to keep them apart. The trouble is, we’re following the life of some shady characters and I have trouble fully committing to them. I want to see inside them but they have secrets and skeletons in their closets galore. It is great for engaging the reader, to keep us guessing, but frustrating as well when you’re afraid of liking them only to be disappointed. In some way this reminds me of The Game of Thrones and its multifaceted characters.
Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads:
The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.
Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.
The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…