In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Oceanyes'>#8217;s Eleven, and entirely enthralling.yes'>#8230;An orphanyes'>#8217;s life is harshyes'>#8211;and often shortyes'>#8211;in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chainsyes'>#8211;a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected yes'>#8220;familyyes'>#8221; of orphansyes'>#8211;a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of lightfingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworldyes'>#8217;s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerfulyes'>#8211;and more ambitiousyes'>#8211;than Locke has yet imagined.Known a the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsaviyes'>#8217;s most trusted menyes'>#8211;and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorryes'>#8217;s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal gameyes'>#8211;or die trying.yes'>#8230;From the Hardcover edition.