The Lies of Locke Lamora: Scott Lynch: 9780553804676: Amazon.com: Books
It is fucking AWESOME. It's not at all a fantasy book, it's more of a medieval book about thievery, cunning, scheming and ass-kicking. One of the best books I've read in the last year, and I'm already halfway through the follow-up and it's every bit as good. Seriously straight up excellent book all around, a shitload of fun to read.
Life imitates art and art scams life in Lynch's debut, a picaresque fantasy that chronicles the career of Locke Lamora—orphan, thief and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards—from the time the Thiefmaker sells Locke to the faking Eyeless Priest up to Locke's latest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr. As in any good caper novel, the plot is littered with obvious and not-so-obvious obstacles, including the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider and the mysterious assassinations of gang leaders by the newly arrived Gray King. Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all. The villain holds the best moral justification of any of the players.