Published: July 27th 2006 by Bantam Spectra
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Thieves
Language read: English
Format read: Audiobook
Rating: 5+++ stars
Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling… more on Goodreads.
– I recommend to not read the rest of the synopsis –
Warning! Warning! This is one of the best books I have ever read!
I wanted to read this book because the synopsis sounded interesting, I really like thieves and the criminal underworld. I got a big association to the thieves guild in The Elder Scrolls games, and that is one of my favorite parts to play through in the games.
In the beginning of this book I was very confused and didn’t understand what was going on. That was until I figured out how the book was structured and that the story is not linear. It alternates between Locke’s childhood, and when he is an adult and The Gentleman Bastards are trying to steal from one of the richest men in Camorr (this might be more clear in the written book than the audiobook). After I figured out this, I loved the story, from the beginning to the end.
I love the story, I love the characters, I love the world, I love the writing and I love Scott Lynch.
The writing style is very descriptive, and that makes for a highly rich world building. The atmosphere in this book is incredible. I love the city of Camorr where the story takes place. In my head the city isn’t very vibrant but it is dark and mysterious. I know the city is based on old Venice, and you really get the feel of that in the book. There are also a lot of details about life and politics in Camorr, especially in the city’s underworld where the majority of the story takes place.
An example on the world building is that the author has made his own religion. It has details about the priests and the different gods, and how people practice this religion (or religions?).
I also loved the story, it has so many twists and turns. The Gentlemen bastards find themselves in so much trouble. This story is highly entertaining and suspenseful, I couldn’t stop listening.
The Gentleman bastards, the group of characters in this book, are now one of my favorite characters. I love that we got to see a lot of backstory for them. That made them so much more real and detailed, and it gave so much to the character development.
A weird little thing I appreciated is that there is female priests and fighters. It’s typical that there are only men in those positions/characters.
It was a pretty long audiobook, but I didn’t want it to end. I wasn’t even halfway through when I started to dread for it to end. I want to start with the second book asap, but also save it for later, haha (as of publishing this review I have started reading Red Seas Under Red Skies). I really want to know more about Locke and Co and this amazing world Scott Lynch has made.
I fell in love with this world and the characters. If a person is asking me what my favorite book is, I now have an answer. I will definitely re-read this book when I’m finished with the rest of the Gentleman Bastards books.