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.
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Well written, but utterly lacking surprise.
I have listened to the first five hours and so far, despite my best intentions, couldn't recommend it to anyone.
As far as the craftsmanship is concerned (as a non native speaker) I am impressed! The dialogues are juicy and funny and brilliantly read by the actor. But there is a fatal flaw: from a story about thieves you expect surprises. You want to marvel at their ingenuity and mutter to yourself "damn, didn't see that coming!". In the first 5 hours there is just one scene which accomplishes that (midnighters, I don't want to spoil), but it is explained and thus destroyed immediately afterwards. From a fantasy novel, on the other hand you expect to become curious about aspects of the world and to have them explained slowly, in a well timed manner. Total failure here. From a dramatic novel you expect dilemma and personal growth. Not present. Whatever this is supposed to be, I am only listening for the dialogue and the brilliant actor and will probably have to give it back before reaching fifty percent.