The Lies of Locke Lamora
By Scott Linch
Bantam Spectra, 2006. 499 pgs. Fantasy
As a child, Locke Lamora was the most gifted orphaned thief in Camorr. As he grew older he was apprenticed to the "Gentleman Bastards," a crew of talented con artists who can swindle more money out of the wealthy than they know what to do with. Now as an adult, he leads the Bastards in elaborate confidence games and lucrative deceptions. But one day their efforts are threatened when the Gray King kidnaps Lamora and compels him to act as a pawn in a deadly plot to take control of Camorr's underworld.
This book has a lot to offer: great characters, a well-developed plot, and plenty of intrigue to keep the pace fast and every interaction interesting. This is great storytelling and as the first in a three book series promises to offer plenty of entertainment. Fantasy fans who enjoy series like Sanderson's Way of Kings or Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice will like this. There is plenty of strong language in this book so be forewarned.