This series was mentioned to me by a friend that had seen it on Goodreads in relation to some authors that we both adore (Rick Riordan and George RR Martin). I was in a bit of a reading rut last month, and this was exactly the series I needed to snap me out of it.
The Lies of Locke Lamora was a wild ride from the first word to the last. Admittedly it did take me a bit to get invested, but once I was, I couldn’t get myself to put it down. I was reading at work, while making dinner, any spare moment I had was spent engrossed in this book. The world building was phenomenal, taking it one scene at a time. It felt like Lynch went out of his way to make sure that you weren’t confused and introduced the settings as they were need. Of course other countries and cities in this fantasy-world were mentioned, but never gone into detail until you needed them to. The storyline goes from past to present in a way that makes you connect with the characters. You can feel their motivation and it helps build a lasting connection whether you love them, or hate them. The twists and turns in this book are amazing, and Scott Lynch is an absolute genius. You think you know what’s going to happen and then bam! the scenario takes three more unexpected turns. If you want a novel that keeps you guessing, but in a good way. I highly recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora. You can’t help but fall in love with a rogue thief, or at least I can’t!
Being a huge fan of the first novel, as a reader you always fear that sophomore slump. It’s that knot at your stomach when you start a second novel– anticipation with excitement, and a hint of worry. But Red Seas Under Red Skies did not disappoint. While I liked Lies better overall, this novel was not a sophomore slump by any means! Scott Lynch grips you from the first scheme to the last. He always makes me think I know what’s going to happen with one of Locke and Jean’s outlandish schemes, but there’s no telling where Lynch is going to take our heroes. The twists and turns in the book are definitely as captivating as the first, but sometimes you don’t know who you’re rooting for. The characters seem to grow in leaps and bounds, but their still stuck in old habits. It’s rare to see a character grow, yet stay the same and that’s what Scott Lynch achieves with Locke.
Republic of Thieves might be the most clever novel in the series (so far). The Republic of Thieves is a play, similar to how we would think of Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, and the characters embark on a parallel story. The past and present collide in this novel, all to do with an election. Reading of Locke’s love, and how she seems to outwit him at every turn is so endearing, especially since he thinks he’s the best thief, or as he calls himself, falsefacer, around. The twists and turns are a lot of fun in this novel, it’s a contest that could have dire consequences, but with the characters trying to outwit each other at every turn, it’s a wild ride you can’t put down. Like LoLL and RSUS, the final chapters bring clarity and relief. You can’t help but feel a smidge smarter for having read these books.
All around an amazing series that I’m still surprised I hadn’t heard of. The fourth novel for this series was announced and given a title The Thorn of Emberlain, but so far no release date. I’m waiting impatiently for Scott Lynch’s next installment, and I’m sure there are tons of other readers who can’t wait to get their hands on this novel. One hell of a wild ride for anyone who fancies themselves as clever. You can’t help but find yourself rooting for the thieves as they steal their way across their empire, one clever scheme at a time!
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA — 4.5/5
RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES — 4/5
REPUBLIC OF THIEVES — 5/5