The Gentleman Bastards is a great series by an author destined to be forever remembered. Scott Lynch's stories are full of mystery, intrigue, and historical minutiae, and it makes for an intricate web of both truth and mistruths. He also nails the dialogue, which is something that even some of the best authors in the genre struggle with.
If you like gritty characters who fall short, purposefully, of hero status, then this is the book for you. The young Locke has to avoid death and slavery, resorting to thievery. He ends up with a band of like-minded men, where he is tutored and grows to be infamous himself for his deeds and misdeeds. The transitions between past and present are done quite well, and you learn to love a character that some people might despise.
An orphan's life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld's most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying. More on Goodreads.