Lies of Locke Lamora Readalong, Part III

I’m posting this week’s Locke Lamora answers a bit late, which is sad because this section is so good!  I’ve been sick for the past few days and have been trying to play catch-up on schoolwork.

Continuing with the Locke Lamora fanart, to the left we see “Lukas Fehrwight” by TolmanCotton.

***Spoilers to follow***

1. This section is where we finally get to sneak a peek at the magic in The Gentleman Bastards books. From what we read, what are your initial impressions of the magic Lynch is using? Is there any way that Locke and Company would be able to get around the Bondsmage’s powers?

I’m interested in the magic, but I’m curious to see what rules it will follow and whether there’s any sort of limit to a Bondsmage’s powers.  We already know that specificity is required, but aside from that I’d like to see more about them.

2. Not a question, but an area for rampant speculation: If you want to take a stab at who you think the Grey King might be, feel free to do it here.

I’m expecting a “Locke, I am your father!” moment at some point in the future.

2.5 (since 2 wasn’t really a question) Anyone see the Nazca thing coming? Anyone? Do you think there are more crazy turns like this in store for the book? Would you like to speculate about them here? (yes, yes you would)

I didn’t see it coming at all.  I liked Nazca, dammit!  She was such a great character, and I was surprised that she got killed off so quickly.  I’m a bit more worried for Locke’s safety now that I’ve seen that Lynch won’t hesitate to kill or maim his characters.

3. When Locke says “Nice bird, arsehole,” I lose it. EVERY TIME. And not just because I have the UK version of the book and the word arsehole is funnier than asshole. Have there been any other places in the books so far where you found yourself laughing out loud, or giggling like a crazy person on the subway?

I find the cursing to be amusing, and it’s part of what makes this book so much fun.  Mostly though I’m just at the edge of my set in suspense while I’m reading.  If I’d been at home and not on the Metro, I’d probably have started cursing at the Grey King when the meeting with Barsavi went down.

4. By the end of this reading section, have your opinions changed about how clever the Bastards are? Do you still feel like they’re “cleverer than all the rest?” Or have they been decidedly outplayed by the Grey King and his Bondsmage?

Well, I think that the Grey King probably had this in mind all along.  Locke and his crew are quite clever, but they’re also arrogant bastards.  They think everything’s too easy and aren’t nearly cautious enough.

5. I imagine that you’ve probably read ahead, since this was a huge cliffhanger of an ending for the “present” storyline, but I’ll ask this anyway: Where do you see the story going from here, now that the Grey King is thought to be dead?

Locke had better not be dead.  I haven’t gotten far enough into the next section to know for sure yet, but I’m assuming that since there’s a second book that he’s not.

6. What do you think of the characters Scott Lynch has given us so far? Are they believable? Real? Fleshed out? If not, what are they lacking?

I’m liking the characters thus far.  I don’t mind if they’re a bit archetypal because it’s a good story that’s full of twists and turns.

7. Now that you’ve seen how clever Chains is about his “apprenticeships,” why do you think he’s doing all of this? Does he have an endgame in sight? Is there a goal he wants them to achieve, or is it something more emotional like revenge?

I think it’s more that he’s giving them the upbringing that he never had.  When we find out about the three surviving soldiers and their fates, it makes me think that he learned from his own experience that people have potential outside of the social class that they’re born into.  I do think that there’s some subtle revenge for the fact that he and the other villagers were forced into fighting somebody else’s war.

***End Spoilers***

Ok, that’s all for now!  I’ll be around to visit the other blogs when I get a chance.  I hope everyone’s enjoying the story thus far!

Comments make me happy! Please feel free to leave a reply.

12 comments

  1. Hi Grace, I was just thinking that I’d missed your comments. Hope you’re feeling better. Your answer to number 2 – ROFLMAO!
    Locke better not be dead – yeah! Don’t make Grace come over there Mr Lynch!
    Can’t wait for your next answers, LOL
    Lynn 😀
    That picture – so good – where on earth do you find this stuff?

    1. You know, I even started reading the next section thinking the suspense would be over, but nooooooo… we’re gonna chill with the Salvaras instead.

      I’ve been finding the pictures just by searching google and/or Deviantart. There’s so much good fan art to choose from!

  2. the good news is that Locke is not dead. Book two is not about zombie-Locke.

    that fanart is wonderful! I LOVE deviant art!

    I think Locke thinks he’s so clever because he’s been spoiled on stealing from people he knows. well, not people he knows personally, but a class of people, the nobles. he know how they are going to react to different things, what the yellowjackets will and won’t put up with. He knows his home turf pretty damn well. but The Grey King? Locke has no frame of reference for him, doesn’t know the first thing about him. . . much to his demise.

    I’ve read this book like ten times. I know the Nacza thing is coming. . . and still its shock and awe, every damn time!

    1. I just finished reading this week’s section. I had a hard time putting it down. 😀

      I definitely agree; Locke has become complacent because he thinks everything is too easy. He stopped being careful and he got burned.

      The Nazca thing makes the rest of the book even more suspenseful because we know now that no character is sacred. I’m wondering how it will end.

    1. Then it probably is 😉 Seriously, I don’t hesitate to tell folks that this is my favorite Swords and Sorcery book of all time (though most people would probably peg it as epic fantasy), and quite possibly my favorite book of all time. This is my 5th readthrough, and I still love every minute of it.