Locke Lamora is only 6 years old when his "orphanages" leader sells him to Father Chains in order to prevent Lockes life. Chains is the garrista of the Gentlemen Bastards and a priest of the Crooked Warden, who is the god of the thieves. He "reports" to Capa Barsavi who is the leader of all criminals in Camorr.
Locke learns how to perfectly disguise himself and how to fit himself perfectly anywhere and anytime as well in style as in speech.
After Chains' death Locke becomes the garrista of the Gentlemen Basterds who consist of the twins Calo and Galdo Sanza, Jean Tannen and Bug (a further member of the gang is Sabetha, who is often mentioned, but she resides elsewhere during the entire plot).
The main part of this first book tells how Locke and his Gentlemen thieves plan to relieve Lorenzo and Sophia Salvara of a their wealth, how the plan turns out to be slightly imperfect and how nearly everything in Camorr turns out to be other than thought.
I had problems with the beginning of the book, one chapter tells the story of Lockes childhood, the next is about his current plans with the Salvaras, then back again to him being a child... so it always took me a few sentences to understand which part of the plot I am following just now.
The story is very fast-paced, well written and contains the one or other really surprising twist. Apart from the problems at the beginning (up to ca. 20%) I enjoyed reading it a lot and will soon read the second part.
Our LESEZIRKEL will discuss this book in 2 weeks, probably I will add a few comments after that.
Currently I read - in preparation for the next but one Lesezirkel-meeting - the German Version of "Shatter me" by Tahereh Mafi ["Ich fürchte mich nicht"].