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.
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA by Scott Lynch is one of my three current favorite unfinished series. It is up there with A Song of Ice and Fire and The Kingkiller Chronicles. Mind you, the first book has a benefit of being perfectly able to stand upon its own and if you wanted to just read it then you wouldn't really be depriving yourself of a vast unfinished mystery. Scott Lynch also has his reasons for delaying his publication of the 4th book which I certainly can't fault him. Still, I'm going to say this is a must-read for both fantasy as well as grimdark fantasy fans. It is not only brilliantly written but horrifying as well as gut-bustingly funny.