So I am not even sure how to begin my review of this one. This is a book that took me a couple of weeks to read. Unlike my books of late, which I have consumed quickly and hardly taken a breath, this book took its time with me. Part of me thinks, could this have been my enjoyment of the book, but in reality I know that that could not be further from the truth. This is a book that needs to be consumed slowly. This is a book to savor, to enjoy and to truly immerse oneself in. The writing simply deserves the time.
I have heard this book compared to the Ocean’s movies and I have to agree. It is difficult to summarize this book without giving too much of the story away. There are con artists, thieves, priests, nobles, dukes and even a spider. There is intrigue, lies, deception, elaborate costumes and disguises, and some wicked sorcery.
What I love is the ability to mix all of these qualities with a blend of murder and humor. Yes, humor. Scott Lynch is not one to shy away from killing off some key characters in this book, leaving you picking your jaw up off the floor. Pages later, I would find myself chuckling out loud in some much needed comic relief. The writing just rolled from emotion to emotion beautifully. I very much enjoyed the glimpses of the past while the story unfolded. These glimpses hold such critical clues that re-reading this book would make this book even more enjoyable. This, in particular, is very much like the Ocean’s Eleven movie. You needed to go back and see all the hidden gems left along your journey to truly appreciate even more the path you have been taken down.
Locke is intriguing to say the least but it is the others in his merry band of Gentleman Bastards whom stole the show for me. Jean is masterful and one of his quotes and scenes will go down as likely my favorite from the book.“Mark my words, bitch. I’ve been wondering how I’d feel when this moment finally came, and I have to say, I think I’m going to feel pretty fucking good."
What more can I say? Read it!!