The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along Part V

Here we are at the end of the book, with our final snappy questions provided by Lynn’s Book Blog. While a good chunk of the first part of the book may have been set up, the ending was all action. What a crazy wicked cool ride this has been!

Without further ado, here are the questions:

1. The Thorn of Camorr is renowned – he can beat anyone in a fight and he steals from the rich to give to the poor.  Except of course that clearly most of the myths surrounding him are based on fantasy and not fact.  Now that the book is finished how do you feel the man himself compares to his legend.  Did you feel that he changed as the story progressed and, if so, how did this make you feel about him by the time the conclusion was reached?

2.       Scott Lynch certainly likes to give his leading ladies some entertaining and strong roles to play.  We have the Berangia sisters – and I definitely wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of them or their blades plus Dona Vorchenza who is the Spider and played a very cool character – even play acting to catch the Thorn.  How did you feel about the treatment the sisters and Dona received at the hands of Jean and Locke – were you surprised, did it seem out of character at all or justified?

 3.       Towards the end we saw a little more of the magic and the history of the Bondsmagi.  The magic, particularly with the use of true names, reminds me a little of old fashioned witchcraft or even voodoo.  But, more than that I was fascinated after reading the interlude headed ‘The Throne in Ashes’ about the Elderglass and the Elders and why their structures were able to survive even against the full might of the Bondsmagi – do you have any theories about this? Do you think it’s based on one of our ancient civilizations or maybe similar to a myth??

4.       We have previously discussed Scott Lynch’s use of description and whether it’s too much or just spot on.  Having got into the last quarter of the book where the level of tension was seriously cranked up – did you still find, the breaks for interludes and the descriptions useful or, under the circumstances did it feel more like a distraction?

5.       Now that the book has finished, how did you feel about the conclusion and the eventual reveal about the Grey King and more to the point the motivations he declared for such revenge – does it seem credible, were you expecting much worse or something completely different altogether?

6.       Were you surprised that Locke, being given two possible choices (one of which could possibly mean he would miss his chance for revenge on the Grey King) chose to go back to the Tower  – especially given that (1) he would have difficulty in getting into the building (2) he would have difficulty in convincing them about the situation and (3) he would have difficulty in remaining free afterwards? Did anyone else nearly pee their pants when Locke and the rest were carrying the sculptures up to the roof garden?

7.       Finally, the other question I would chuck in here is that, following the end of the book I was intrigued to check out some of the reviews of LOLL and noticed that the negative reviews mentioned the use of profanity.  How did you feel about this – was it excessive? Just enough? Not enough?

8.       Okay one further, and probably most important but very quick question – having finished, will you pick up the sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies?

To all these other participating blogs, thank you!

Lynn’s Book Blog
Nashville Bookworm
Books Without Any Pictures
Genkinahito’s blog
Kaitharshayr’s Musings
Scruffy Fiction
Tethyan Books
Coffee Cookies and Chili Peppers
Travels Through Iest
Just Book Reading
Rose’s thingamajig
Paperless Reading
I Want Life in Every Word
Beware of the Froggies
All I am – A Redhead

Little Red Reviewer

The Hugo Endurance Project
My Awful Reviews

Felix Pierce


My snippy little answers:

1. The Thorn was a useful tool (meant with admiration) – the whole myth and mystery. Now that some key folks know about him, and know him a bit more, he would have trouble using the mystique of The Thorn to it’s fullest capacity again.

2. The Berangias sisters lived for a challenge and Jean certainly gave them one. Full of steel. As for Dona Vorchenza, well she up to a more mental challenge, which Locke does give to her – she has to force her brain to wrap around the idea of a horrible plot meant to wipe the minds of all the leading families. Locke had to push her because of the magic used by  The Falconer.

3. We know that Elderglass can withstand high-heat for extended time. Were the Bondsmagi and the Elderglass folks enemies? Are the Bondsmagi remnants of the makers of Elderglass? Perhaps…. we simply don’t know enough at this point to say IF there is a connection at all. But it’s damn lucky Locke took up some name other than his given!

4. Not a distraction to me. Afterall, there were no shiny butterflies or squirrels.

5. Some of the most basic reasons of all for revenge are loss of home and family. Don’t we see that reflected in Locke’s circumstance? He just lost his home and most of his brothers.

6. Locke had this crazy escape from the tower to begin with – jumping from the side to a sky carriage. Then he goes back because the consequences of him NOT going are really horrible to contemplate. Locke depends A LOT on his wits and I think he would truly miss them if they were gone. Hence, the thought of so many people, including children, loosing them to wraithstone is more than he can sit around and watch. It was kind of nice that The Salvarra’s man got to return a few unnecessary punches from earlier in the book.

7. Just the right fucking amount for me.

8. Hell, yes! In fact, I am having trouble holding back or the next read along.

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8 thoughts on “The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along Part V

  1. Pingback: I just have to keep you here . . until Jean. . . shows up! « the Little Red Reviewer

  2. I loved the scene with Jean and the Berangias. They were great characters – I’m not saying I exactly liked them but they were tough and they fought to the end.
    The scene with Locke at the end where he was fighting with the Grey King was definitely a favourite though where yet again uses his wits to win a frankly unwinable situation – I’m holding on and waiting for Jean – made my goosebumps come out!
    And, I definitely would not have been able to jump from the tower on to that moving carriage – I was surprised that Locke managed because he didn’t seem to be enjoying the heights of the tower in the first place.
    Can’t wait for No.2
    Lynn :D

  3. The details surrounding the Elderglass and Eldren are interesting. I don’t see the Bondsmagi as the Eldren’s enemy because I interpreted them as being so ancient that they disappeared before humanity arrived. I loved the plot with the wraithsone. It was set up earlier in the story and seemed so deadly that it would have to be used later.

    • While I read the earlier references to the wraithstone, I had no clue it would be used later. I love it when some plot point walks up and whacks me between the eyes.

  4. So many books that I read, I try desperately to guess the ending, to guess the twist.

    but a connection between the Bondsmagi and the Eldren? I won’t even hazard a guess.

    the whole ending, with the tower and the wraithestone, and everything, it’s just so tense that my brain can barely handle it! THIS is when we get to see what Locke is really made of. and what he’s made of? I love it. all of it.

  5. I’m having trouble holding back until the next read-along as well! :)

    Good point about Locke’s revenge as well, I just didn’t think about it like that – it seemed more like a reaction to everything that was happening, but yes, it was certainly a revenge against what the GK and Falconer did to Locke and his little family of thieves.

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