Having read this book to the end, I'm still not entirely sure if I liked it or not….
The best way to describe is is that it's a bit like an episode of Leverage or Hustle, set in a fantasy world but with a lot of graphic violence, which last thing is the bit I wasn't entirely keen on.
The worldbuilding is excellent - a human society in a city they've inherited from some mysterious elder race which has vanished, leaving buildings and structures of "elderglass" that can't be reproduced by human efforts.
Locke Lamora is a thief in this society, raised in the temple of Perelandro by Father Chains, the Eyeless Priest. But things are not what they seem on many levels and Locke is drawn into a conflict that threatens to destroy not only his life and those of his friends, but possibly the entire ruling structure of the city….
I liked the characters and the background, and the violence is, I can see, an intrinsic part of that, but I found it a bit much at times. Lynch also has a Jim Butcherish tendency to beat the crap out of his lead characters until you're having trouble believing they can survive what he dishes out to them.
I think, on balance, I'll probably read the sequel - especially if, like this one, it comes up at a Kindle daily deal for 99p :)
100. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
Second outing for Jack Spratt and the Nursery Crimes Division, this time investigating the death of Goldilocks in the forest, complicated by cucumberistas, Dorian Gray the car salesman and Punch and Judy moving in next door.
Splendid stuff. A pity Fforde hasn't written a third book in this series yet. I hope he will one day.