Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
The Lies of Locke Lamora
by Scott Lynch
They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count.
Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.
Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it’s a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city.
But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa’s power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming.
A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King. Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr. As for Locke Lamora…
As I mentioned last week, I’ll be devoting May’s Shelf Control posts to the fantasy on my shelves that has sat unread for too long for Wyrd & Wonder, and no book sums that up better than The Lies of Locke Lamora. This book is beloved amongst SFF fans and it’s one I’ve even read (and enjoyed) the first chapter of, but I still haven’t crossed it off my TBR. That’s something I need to change this year!
Not only is this a book about thieves – and if my love of Six of Crows and Foundryside is anything to go by, I love fantasy featuring thieves and I’m not sorry – but it’s also set in a city inspired by Venice, and Italy just so happens to be one of my favourite countries. In fact Foundryside also has an Italian-inspired setting and I really enjoyed it, so on all levels this is a book that should work for me.
I think the only major thing that’s putting me off is the fear that I might not like it. I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I’ll be disappointed if I’m not a fan, but there’s only one way for me to find out!