This section of The Lies of Locke Lamora was intense. I read most of it in two sittings and was totally floored by what took place. In other Locke Lamora news I got my hands on a copy of Red Seas Under Red Skies. Check out the other conversations taking place.
1. In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we
learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so
much fantastical as realistic – how about you?
It was interesting to read about the whole tradition of night tea and it seemed believable. Real life aristocracy have indulged in all sorts of crazy fashions so the effort made to bring together a night tea complete with overly stylised cakes is not so far fetched. The difference between reality and this book is the fact that this particular tea party takes place at the top of a high tower. The length of the journey up the tower just reinforces the power of the person you are going to meet.
2. When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for
the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people
feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of
I agree about the scene feeling like when somebody discovers themselves. I loved the whole scene from the description of the weather to dialogue. When I first encountered Jean I took a dislike to him but over the course of the novel I have come to like him a lot. In this scene he has made the transition from somebody from a tragic background and unsure of himself to a confident and lethal person and a loyal friend.
3. Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you
find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find
yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little
This sequence was brilliant. Part arachnid, part fish and all nasty, the Salt Devils made my skin crawl. I was expecting creepy creatures in Echo Hole but these bugs really made my skin crawl – although I’m not scared of spiders I sure as hell don’t want to get too close to them. I liked the descriptions about how they could be found on the coast and how sailors could deal with them. During this section you realise that the Falconer and Bondsmagi in general really are masters over nature.
4. This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a
place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the
House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it
When Nazca died it seemed that nobody was safe because she had been established and was given an origin story that tied in to Locke’s. After she turned up in the barrel of horse urine all bets were off and you realised that the Grey King was playing for keeps. The situation that transpires in the House of Perelandro and the grisly discoveries… Wow… This whole section has been insane in terms of the developments but it all seems like the natural result. I did not see it coming and it was tough but this will be the turning point and Locke will up his game.
5. Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled
at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a
life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why
or why not?
With every section I read my opinions change on everything. With this question in particular I’m not going to go too far away from previous comments. I think Chains knew how the world operates and had been crafting the ultimate gang of thieves who can survive any sort of situation and overcome any odds and will be his legacy. I now no longer believe that he wants to see Camorr in chaos but he wants to give his gang the best chance of surviving the increasingly competitive, chaotic, and dangerous criminal underworld. His lessons have all had the aim of teaching useful skills but the Gentlemen Bastards have never been pushed to use them outside of mere games. This is no longer a game. Blood has been spilled. The situation is real. The GB’s need to dust off their skills and actually fight to survive.
6. As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s
remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy
and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern
I think that Locke’s childhood experiences and the lessons that Chain’s gave him have forged somebody who does not resort to violence unless he is pushed to extremes. I think Locke will avoid killing in the main but the Grey King has pushed him and so he’s going to get the chop. When, where, and how are the questions.
7. Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s
Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?
He enters Meraggio’s as Locke Lamora and leaves as the Thorn of Camorr. He’s been beaten by a foe greater than him and he is so used to running cons on marks who he can outwit when he has everything in his favour, so when he first enters Meraggio’s he’s at his lowest ebb and it all goes wrong. It is amusing to read his frustration when his petty deceptions fail but these roadblocks force him to up his game. We know that he’s good at thinking on the fly and this whole section is like witnessing his true capacity for deception come alive. Locke is growing and I’m sure Chains would be pleased with his progress.
That said, he has nothing on King of Thieves Jing!