The Lies of Locke Lamora


I was finally convinced by so many people recommending this one. And I’m very glad I listened.

This isn’t your typical story and it’s grittier than most fantasies I’ve read — aside from a morally dubious protagonist, there are plenty of deaths, beatings and torture. This adds a sense of peril most books seem to lack. To say our ‘heroes’ don’t come out unscathed is an understatement.

It’s not perfect. For example, although the story bundles along for the most part, there’s a perplexing sequence towards the end that adds nothing to the plot, and which could have been handled in a paragraph or two. Instead, it’s extended to almost an entire chapter and, aside from being boring, it just slows everything down.

That said, I did find myself listening to the odd podcast in order to extend the life of this because I was enjoying it so much and wanted to draw out the joy for as long as possible.

Michael Page does a good job reading it.

I’ll definitely be looking out the other books in the series.

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Reviewed: 15th October 2020