Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Gentlemen Bastards #1
Random House LLC
An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
This book took me a while to get into. I have a hard time getting in to books switching back and forth between the present and the past. It felt like we were switching every chapter. Later on it gets a bit less, and it got easier to read and follow where I was and what was going on.
The backwards was needed, and was a way to slowly clue us in to what we as readers needed to know, and ease us into the history of the boys. It also gives us the information as we need it, so it doesn’t feel like a dump. It was just annoying for me, as I find it hard to keep track of the story and putting things into their linear order. This is just how I think when reading.
Once I got into the rhythm, and the jumping to the past became less, I really started to get into and enjoy the story. Things became easier to put them in the timeline, and I wasn’t getting as annoyed at jumping back when I wanted to know what was happening in the present timeline.
It may be a while, but I would definitely love to continue this series. It may be a while because these books are long, and I’m somewhat of a slow reader. So I’m going to need things to settle down a bit before I’ll be able to really sit and read and be able to enjoy the next let of this story.