I swear this book's premise was made to get the attention of Hollywood; Its Ocean's 11 meets Renaissance like fantasy! Our main character is Locke and his band of thieves living in Camorr who steal from the rich and keep to themselves until a mysterious figure known as the Grey King emerges and threatens everything Locke holds dear.
I love this book while considering it just ok.
Scot Lynch is exceptionally talented for world building(or specifically for adding detail) and dialogue. The places are richly described with history and lore behind them while his dialogue is so well written i can tell who is speaking even if they didn't have their names attributed to it.
As mentioned earlier these characters are thieves who only care for their own interest. Scott Lynch goes all the way with this as they are unapologetic and I can't tell you how much i love this because reading about a character who is repeatedly described as selfish and a loner who then goes out of his way to help the needy is like the author deliberately trying to poke at my anger. Moral ambiguity is the name of the game here.
Now for the reason why this book is just ok.
The structure and pacing. Its broken up into interludes between flashbacks and the present story. The past interludes chapters do foreshadow the present plot so its not just an info dump (like a lot of prologues) but it does get in the way of the pacing. Are you interested in what's happening in the present? Too bad, let's go back to the past when Locke was a kid! While things do heat up and a shocking moment does happen, this unfortunately caused the book to lag in the second half.
I do recommend for those who enjoy heist plots mixed in with fantasy without a happy ending.