Author of The Lies of Locke Lamora
and the sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies
. Fantastic worldbuilder...review at: http://coyote-reviews.livejournal.com/tag/locke%20lamora
Snip of the review:
Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard books are akin to what Steven Brust's Jhereg novels were when they first hit the fantasy bookshelves years ago...not just a breath of fresh air, but an exhilarating slap of crisp, cold joy as one enters a walk-in freezer from the broiling humidity of the summer sun.
The Lies of Locke Lamorra is the bastard child of Shakespeare and Sabatini, as raised by Quentin Taratino. It's a wonderfully complex story of a band of top notch grifters that get embroiled in the decades-long revenge scheme of someone once wronged by powerful people in the grand city they live in. It's truly epic, and plays with cliches in fantastic ways.
I am normally not a fan of speculative fiction that is so in love with itself that a third of the book is comprised of alien names and terms...the authors tend to forget that whatever linguistical nightmare the story takes place in, it's being told in English. Not so, with Scott Lynch...despite the constant barrage of world details and foreign terms, his writing flows beautifully, and all these exotic ingredients are merely enhancing spices in the hands of a master chef. Even more surprising is when one of these tiny morsels suddenly takes center stage, and becomes very important...many authors would have fallen into a trap of the element being either a sudden surprise, or else beating one over the head aforehand. Scott's approach is much more subtle. Add to all this a knack for well-written, iconic characters and snappy dialogue, and you get a heady mix.