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Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard Read Along

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We at Fantasy-Faction are big fans of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series. So much so that we’ve teamed up with Gollancz and Scott to do a reread of the first and second books, and then a first-time reading of the third. This isn’t going to be your typical read along either. Nope. What we want to do, in true Fantasy-Faction style, is make this a community event. We want to invite each and every one of you – whether you’ve read and enjoyed the series before or are reading it for the first time – along for the journey. If you are new to the series, here’s what you have to expect:

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count.

Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.

Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it’s a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city.

But there are whispers of a challenge to the Capa’s power. A challenge from a man no one has ever seen, a man no blade can touch. The Grey King is coming.

A man would be well advised not to be caught between Capa Barsavi and The Grey King. Even such a master of the sword as the Thorn of Camorr. As for Locke Lamora . . .

So, why should you read along with us and not just on your own…like you normally do? Well, we’ll be reading through the book at a rate of about 4 chapters a week (there is 16 in total – so it’ll take about a month) and, at the end of each week, we will pause and have an in-depth article on what has happened so far. We will use the comments section for a detailed discussion and, most excitingly of all: we’ll have Scott stopping by for a number of things. First, we’re hoping to get some answers from him about what he was thinking/planning when certain things were written and how he feels about them now (for both the newbies and the re-readers).

Second, we’ll be hosting exclusive videos of Scott talking about Republic of Thieves and teasing us a bit with what to expect.

We’re still in talks with Gollancz on where each part will take place, but it’ll likely be a mixture of their blog and here. 🙂 Oh, and you’ll be glad to hear that these will be mostly spoiler free discussions with huge spoiler tags (that you will have to click to open) for any content that discusses how a certain scene is setting up future events for example.

What we hope is that, by the end of the reread, those who’ve joined us will know the world, characters, and workings of The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies so well that when The Republic of Thieves is released it’ll really enhance their reading experience.

The idea is that we’ll finish book one in 4 weeks, book two in four weeks and be ready to tackle book three together after that.

Wait a minute: this sounds AWESOME, but I don’t have a copy of Lies of Locke Lamora.

Lies and Red SeasIf you are in the UK, genuinely don’t have a copy of The Lies of Locke Lamora, and can commit to this re-read, our very good friends Gollancz have given us a number of copies to give to you… for FREE! Now, if you have the book or have a friend who can lend it you – it would be great for the group dynamic if you could do it that way. If you are not sure if you can commit to the re-read, it would also be great if you could allow someone else who can to have the book to get a copy instead.

But if you can commit, you are in the UK and have Twitter, well then you’re in luck. All you need to do is Tweet the following:

@FantasyFaction #INeedLockeInMyLife

Feel free to add a message on the end. I won’t disqualify you for anything additional (questions, remarks, expressions of excitement, etc). 😉

If you already have a copy please leave us a comment to let us know you’ll be joining in 🙂

Hopefully you’re as excited as we are!!! 😀



  1. Avatar StuN says:

    I am genuinely excited by this. As I already tweeted – It’s pure genius

  2. Avatar Autumn2May says:

    I’m in! I’ve only read the first book, but my husband has read both. Good excuse to catch up before the new one is released. 🙂

  3. Avatar Ryan says:

    Sounds awesome, count me in 🙂

  4. Huzzah! Looking forward to re-reading in preparation for the next book – count me in!

  5. Avatar Aleksandra Kesek says:

    I have my own copy of the book and I’m really excited – great idea:-)

  6. Avatar Lew says:

    This sounds amazing. I’ve a frequent visitor to the site but I’ve never participated in the forum. It’s encouraging me to sign up and get involved!

  7. Avatar Octane says:

    Great, I was planning to reread them anyway in preparation for RoT!

  8. Avatar Bibliotropic says:

    Shame the copies are only free to UK folks. On the other hand, it’s amazingly awesome of Gollancz to offer them for free, so you won’ actually hear me complaining loudly about that one. :p

    I have a copy of the first book, plan to pick up a copy of the second soon, and will definitely be joining you all for the readlong! Looking forward to it!

  9. Avatar Will Taylor says:

    Absolutely fantastic idea, this is very exciting and I am looking forward to joining in. Have I missed a potential start date? I don’t have a copy and am about to spend 10 days in the Scottish islands. I will get the kindle edition if start is imminent, if not I will buy a copy on my return.

  10. Avatar Lynn says:

    I have reread both books fairly recently but will certainly enjoy being involved in your discussion. Sign me up please.
    Lynn 😀

  11. Avatar Phantom says:

    This sounds great. I actually just finished reading The Lies of Locke Lamora and starting on Red Seas Under Red Skies.

  12. Avatar Eric C. says:

    Super excited. I brought the first book to the beach this week. Perfect timing.

  13. Avatar Duvendes says:

    I’m in, I was planning to reread the books anyway, reading and discussing them with others is even better, and reading only four chapters a week won’t interfere with my other readings… this is perfect !

  14. Avatar dbaskls says:

    When do we start 🙂

  15. Avatar Alister says:

    Just picked up a copy from my local bookshop – looking forward to spending time with Locke and Jean again.

  16. Avatar Leah says:

    I fist picked up ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ in my junior year of high school in the school library a week before summer break. Unable to check it out I finished it by reading in the mornings, lunch break, and afterschool a few times. I forgot about it over the summer, came back to school and re-read it in less than a day. I can say nothing less about it than “I love this book”! ‘Red Seas under Red Skies’ left me fuming mad at the end (I love and detest cliff hangers) and I can’t wait to get my hands on ‘The Republic of Thieves’!

  17. Avatar KJ Braxton says:

    I’ll be doing reviews of the books so I’ll be reading along anyway & the reviews can now feed to the read along & everyone’s excitement.

  18. Avatar Nick says:

    Really excited about this. A friend leant me ‘Lies’ back when it came out and I remember being completely engrossed by it but for some reason I never picked up the sequel when it came out. It’s been so long now though that a re-read is exactly what I need. Can’t wait!

  19. Avatar Pat says:

    I have the book and have never read it, so looking forward to this.

    When does the read start?

  20. Avatar Elfy says:

    Just started my own reread of Lies, but I’ll keep an eye on this and may drop in the occasional comment when I can. Very eager for RoT.

  21. Avatar Johann says:

    I just need to find out who has my damn copy then I’m in!’

  22. Avatar J. Collyer says:

    This sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to join in

  23. Avatar Overlord says:

    Awesome that soooo many are interested 🙂

    Looking to kick things off on August 4th! Books will be out that week to those who asked for them (so you’ll be a couple days behind) 😛


  24. Avatar Overlord says:

    Did you know we have a newsletter?

    Sign up here: http://fantasy-faction.com/newsletter

    Will be sending one with details of Scott Lynch Read Along dates soon! 🙂

  25. Avatar tenlegdragon says:

    I’m in. Got the audiobooks locked and loaded and ready to go. Already started it but stalled somewhere around 37%. Will read it with you guys for sure.

  26. Avatar Anne Lyle says:

    I’m in, somewhat belatedly – read RSURS earlier this year and been meaning to re-read LoLL some time anyway.

  27. Avatar OptimusGuido says:

    I can’t wait for this! I have both books and have not read them yet!

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