This book is brilliant. I’m not sure why I haven’t heard of it before, but better late than never! It’s about a man who lives in a city and robs nobles with elaborate schemes that require costumes and make-up. With the help of his friends, who all live in a temple, he robs these nobles and they pride themselves on having hardly ever killed anyone. We learn about Locke’s life in the present, with glimpses into his past and how he came to be the man he is today at the end of every chapter. It reminded me of a mixture of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin and ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles’ by Patrick Rothfuss, and as they are both series’ that I very much love, it was almost inevitable that I would love Locke too. But as ever, it is easier to pick out the bits that could use improvement. The amin one that stuck out to me is the throwaway mention of aliens, and then the lack of elaboration. Where are the aliens?! But I suppose it may have been a bit confusing to throw aliens into the midst of a fantasy tale. I would also like to know more about the alchemists and the priests. They seemed very interesting and their practices were only barely touched on really. However, as the cover page of my copy proclaims, this is “Book One of the Gentleman Bastard sequence,” and therefore there is plenty of time (but rather less shelf space) to find out all about that. And to find out more about the world that the Gentleman Bastards live in. At the end of this book we are faced with an opportunity to see other countries. I find that exciting! More than anything though, it made me impatient for Patrick Rothfuss to get the third book of the ‘Kingkiller Chronicles’ published. The scale of the worlds in both series is similarly huge and the love that I have for Rothfuss knows no bounds!
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Have a lovely day,