The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along – Week 4

Welcome to another week’s questions and answers for Lies of Locke Lamora read along. Once again, do visit Andrea at Little Red Reviewer for everyone’s answers to the questions.

This week’s questions are brought to us by Ashley at SF Signal.

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?
I really love these details that flesh out the world. It shows that there is life outside of the main arc of the story and the author has put in a lot of work into imagining all aspects of this world.

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 both?
It does sound like Jean has found his true love. I was pretty surprised how fast Jean picked up using the Wicked Sisters and how natural he was at fighting though.

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 less descriptive?
I don’t mind descriptive scenes, as long as it’s not redundant or too flowery. I think the description Lynch used for the scene was spot on. It added to the tension and sense of danger that the gang faced in that situation and made it that much more exciting.

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 coming?
Let just say I made the mistake of reading some discussion threads which spoiled the surprise. Anyway I would never have guessed it coming in a million years. It’s fitting but I would like see that GBs together for a few more novels.

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?
Chains wanted the boys to be prepared for all kinds of situations. He might not know exactly what mess the GBs will get into but at least he gave them a good foundation.

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 continue?
Well Locke learnt his lesson at a young age and he swore that he will never get anyone killed because of his schemes. So I don’t think he will hurt anyone unless they deserve it.

7. Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?
I don’t think there is a difference between the two. Both the actions of lying and conning are so ingrained in Locke that he can’t simply just be himself. The Thorn of Camorr will always live on in Locke.


  1. I love your answers and think you’re spot on. The world building again is just so bloody excellent – it’s the little mundane realities that make the fantastical elements sit so easily. The descriptions are brilliant and the scene with the Salt Devils was spot on – you couldn’t have asked for anything more, or less, for that matter. I do love Jean – he’s like a lethal weapon isn’t he – I would definitely want him on my side.
    I’ve had a complete about face with No.7 – like you say, I don’t think you can separate the two.
    Lynn 😀


  2. I would never have guessed that a podgy child from a merchant family could be so good at fighting. 🙂


  3. I am constantly amazed, and pleased, with how well balanced the writing is in this book. I know that it is Mr Lynch’s debut novel, but he constantly hits the right balance with his descriptions, characterisations, etc.


  4. I really enjoyed the characters, they are detailed yet very different from each other.


  5. I was glad to see there Dona Salvarra got more of a role and Dona Vorchenza seems set up to be a pretty fascinating character.


  6. I wonder if Dona Salvarra will appear in other books. She is going to be an important character in Camorr.


  7. I agree that Chains didn’t have a certain plan for the GBs other than to give them a good foundation to prepare them for any situation.


  8. Lynch keeps teasing us with these flashbacks but we are still not sure what Chains mean when he wants the GBs to destroy the secret peace. Are all these trainings just for conning the nobles of Camorr?


  9. I always forget how young Jean is when he gets the Sisters. it’s probably a nice ego boost for him too. . . people think he’s just this fat guy who wears glasses, but don’t underestimate him, he will kick your ass!! the sisters probably make him the deadliest of the Bastards.

    I’m in agreement with everything you said, and I’m so sorry some of the surprises got spoiled for you. 🙁

    “Well Locke learnt his lesson at a young age and he swore that he will never get anyone killed because of his schemes. So I don’t think he will hurt anyone unless they deserve it.”

    yes, exactly! but the Grey King and the Falconer? they deserve it!!


  10. I enjoyed the scene with Falconer but then again I feel kinda bad for him. After all he was only doing what he was paid to do.