Since the post went live, many people on Twitter and on Facebook have been telling me how amazingly good this book is, and how it's a steal at .99c. The praise was so universally positive, I wanted to learn more about the book – and I didn't want anyone to miss out on an excellent opportunity.
I asked Darlene Marshall, who was most effusive about the book, to tell us more about why this book is so extraordinary, and here's what she had to say about it:
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, is an amazing 2006 debut fantasy. It's like Sabatini and Stevenson and Lieber (author of Fafhrd & The Grey Mouser) and Dumas and maybe even a little Twain all rolled up into one exciting package.
Young Locke Lamora is an orphan thief surviving by his wits and cunning, but he's no Robin Hood. He pits his skills and the skills of his brothers-in-larceny against the merchants, underworld and aristocracy of a decadent society awash with magic, danger and intrigue.
This is a bromance rather than a romance, with the friendship between Locke and one other boy (who I won’t name because, spoiler) the strongest relationship. If you like over the top swashbuckling and Ocean’s 11 style cons then this is the book you want, but be warned: The Lies of Locke Lamora is not for the faint of heart. Some truly bad and disgusting things happen in this novel, but if you can stomach them, you’re going to have a hell of a ride and you’ll be turning pages late into the night to get to the breathless and spectacular finish.
So if you like epic fantasy with excellent writing (Darlene agrees with my suggestion that it may appeal to Game of Thrones fans who also like humor), this book is a terrific deal at .99c. I mean, just the fact that it's 700+ pages and has 4+ stars on GoodReads and Amazon AND it's .99c make this a good deal, but from the comments online and from Darlene's review, this price sounds like an extraordinary deal.
Have you read this book? What did you think?