Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and welcome to the second week of the Lies of Locke Lamora readalong! Stop by here for links to more discussions about the novel.
Instead of using a picture of the book cover for the next few weeks of the readalong, I’ve decided to instead showcase some Locke Lamora fan art that I’ve found. The image to the left is “father Chains” by TolmanCotton. I think the artist does a wonderful job of capturing the difference between Chains’ public persona and his secret life with the Gentleman Bastards.
This week’s discussion questions were written by Susan from Dark Cargo. The following post will contain spoilers. I’ll post a spoiler-free review after we’re done with the groupread for anyone who hasn’t been following along.
And now, without further ado…
1) Do you think Locke can pull off his scheme of playing a Midnighter who is working with Don Salvara to capture the Thorn of Camorr? I mean, he is now playing two roles in this game – and thank goodness for that costume room the Gentlemen Bastards have!
This was a neat little twist. Last week Andrea mentioned that there was going to be a torture scene in this week’s readings. I was fooled at first and thought the Midnighter was real and that Locke was going to be captured. It was quite a twist to find out that Locke was the Midnighter! It’s a rather brilliant way to get Salvara to do exactly what he wants.
2) Are you digging the detail the author has put into the alcoholic drinks in this story?
I want recipes. Also, I thought that Nazca was hilarious when she was trying to get Capa Barsavi to let her have more hard liquor.
3) Who is this mysterious lady Gentlemen Bastard Sabetha and what does she mean to Locke?
I wanna know what happened between them to make her put a thousand miles of distance between them. It’s pretty clear that he’s still in love with her.
4) Are you as creeped out over the use of Wraithstone to create Gentled animals as I am?
Um, yeah. I’m even more creeped out by the potential misuses of Wraithstone if it were to get in the wrong hands… Gentled animals would be nothing compared to Gentled people.
5) I got a kick out of child Locke’s first meeting with Capa Barsavi and his daughter Nazca, which was shortly followed up in the story by Barsavi granting adult Locke permission to court his daughter! Where do you think that will lead? Can you see these two together?
Nazca is badass. She’ll make an awesome Capa (and let’s face it, she’s way better suited for it than her brothers) if she and Locke can manage to change Barsavi’s mind. I think the two would make a cute team, even if they don’t have feelings for each other, because they seem to think similarly.
6) Capa Barsavi is freaked out over rumors of The Gray King and, in fact, us readers are privy to a gruesome torture scene. The Gray King is knocking garristas off left and right. What do you think that means?
The torture scene made my stomach churn. Lynch is very descriptive with it. I wonder if the Gray King has anything to do with the Elders, or whether he has some sort of special power or alchemy that would allow him to influence people without their knowledge.
7) In the Interlude: The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse, we learn that Father Chains owes an alchemist a favor, and that favor is a fresh corpse. He sets the boys to figuring out how to provide one, and they can’t ‘create’ the corpse themselves. How did you like Locke’s solution to this conundrum?
I had expected Locke to get the corpse and go home. I laughed when I saw the way that he used it first to stage a robbery for sympathy money. He ended up getting the corpse while at the same time being able to pay Chains back for the money he used for the bribes. Well played, Locke, well played!