The Lies of Locke Lamora - it had me from the moment I saw this incredible cover. 19, May

I’ve described The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch as ‘The Godfather meets Renaissance Venice - with magic!’ If that premise made you excited, stay like that. The book is every bit as amazing as it sounds, and then some. 

The Lies of Locke Lamora follows the Gentlemen Bastards, highly skilled con artists who steal from the rich nobles of Camorr (not to give to the poor, but because the rich are the only ones worth stealing from). Two plotlines interweave: in the present, the Gentleman Bastards struggle against a mysterious Grey King, who’s trying to take over Camorr’s criminal underworld (hence The Godfather allusions). This alternates with interludes describing Camorr’s rich history and the backstories of the Gentleman Bastards.