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If you like The Lies of Locke Lamora or the other books in The Gentleman Bastard series and want more like it, then this article is for you.

Most of our suggestions are more books like The Gentleman Bastard series, but there are a few recommendations for movies, TV-Shows and animes like it to. But as we mentioned, most of the recommendations are books.

Thieves, con men, and trickery are some common themes, and most are Epic Fantasy. Most of the books also mainly follow one main character. But there are of course some exceptions to this. Some of the suggestions might also be very different. They are meant to give a slightly new direction to look in. But they should hopefully still be in your taste.

Description:

Locke Lamora has a quick wit and a gift for thieving and he is born in the island city of Camorr.

Locke has dodged both death and slavery, but only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains. A man who is neither blind nor a priest, but a con artist of extraordinary talent.

Chains pass his skills on to his carefully selected gang of orphans. A group that is known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

Under Chains guiding hand, Locke grows to lead the Gentlemen Bastards. Together they are pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another.

But Locke is not fully his own man.

A shadowy and ambitious figure known as the Gray King is using him. The Gray King uses Lock and the Gentlemen Bastards as pawns in his play to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup threatening to destroy everyone and everything that he cares for, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own game or die trying.

Books

Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

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Kingkiller Chronicle is a first-person story of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen.

From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, and to his years spent as an orphan suer rat in a crime-ridden city. Then to his daring yet successful gamble to enter a legendary school of magic. And then how he learns magic and grows to become the notorious magician he once will become.

Is Kingkiller Chronicle good?

This book starts out a little slow, but it becomes one of the better fantasy books there is.

Kingkiller Chronicle is a must-read for any fantasy book lover.

Sadly it looks like Rothfuss is starting to compete with George RR Martin on who is the slowest.

Why is Kingkiller Chronicle recommended?

The Kingkiller Chronicles also focuses mainly on one main character from he's young to he grows older and becomes more powerful.

Just like The Gentleman Bastard, the Kingkiller Chronicles is also an epic fantasy book series. Huge books in an epic series.

If you like The Gentleman Bastard (The Lies of Locke Lamora) then you will most likely also like The Kingkiller Chronicles. It is worth giving it a shot.

Mistborn (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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The World has been a wasteland of ash and mist for over a thousand years. The Lord Ruler of this world, the "Sliver of Infinity", has reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror.

Every revolt against The Lord Ruler has failed miserably.

But then a terribly scarred and heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the Lord Ruler`s most hellish prison snapped. His name is Kelsier, and when he snapped he suddenly found himself with the powers of a Mistborn.

A Mistborn can burn all sixteen of the Allomantic metals.

Kelsier is a brilliant thief, con man, and a natural leader. He decided to turn his talents to the ultimate play.

A play with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

For this ultimate play, he recruited the underworld`s elite. The smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom capable of burning one of the Allomantic metals.

Kelsier`s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life.

Vin has the potential to become a Mistborn like Kelsier himself.

Is Mistborn good?

This is the first book in the Mistborn series. Both this book and the rest of the series is really good.

This series has detailed world-building, especially the magic system, and an interesting main character. Sanderson shines on these points. Hi is an excellent epic fantasy author.

If you like fantasy books then Mistborn should be a must-read.

Why is Mistborn recommended?

Mistborn is in many ways very similar to The Gentleman Bastard. It has con men and thieves. They are also planning a grand heist.

Sanderson is an excellent author, and Mistborn is a classic in the genre. And it's finished, no need to wait for more books.

If you like The Gentleman Bastard and want more similar to it, then Mistborn is worth a look.

The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron

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Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. He's is a spirit charmer.
He's the greatest thief of his time.

Eli's companions are a swordsman and a demonseed. The swordman is carrying the most powerful magic sword in the world, but he has no magical ability of his own. And the demonseed can step through shadows and punch through walls, which is helpful for a thief.

Every single object has a spirit, and a wizard's power derives from the ability to enter into a mutual contract with these spirits. On the more evil side of the spectrum, wizards can also enslave the spirits.

Eli seems to be able to just talk them into doing what he wants. Like when he once persuaded a dungeon door that it would be much better off without those annoying nails keeping it together.

Is The Legend of Eli Monpress good?

This book series might not be deep or complex, but it is still a very good read. It is written in a witty and charming way that makes it hard to lay down.

The Legend of Eli Monpress books is worth reading if you want something fast-paced and fun.

Why is The Legend of Eli Monpress recommended?

Eli is a thief, but he does not exactly want to stay in the shadows. His goal is to become the most wanted and most infamous thief in all the land.

The Legend of Eli Monpress has daring heists and clever cons.

It has more humor and wit than The Gentleman Bastard does. But you should check it out. They are some good books.

Hero Forged (Ethereal Earth #1) by Josh Erikson

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Gabe is a 32 years old con artist. He's currently low on cash and accepts a dubious job.

Even with Gabe's best planing, the job goes horribly wrong.

Gabe is suddenly trusted into a magical. A world that he never knew existed. He ends up with an ancient god trapped in his head, a god that wants to take him over. And he gets bounded to a succubus.

Can Gabe's quick wit and sly con artist tricks help him survive his new circumstances?

Why is Ethereal Earth recommended?

Ethereal Earth is Urban Fantasy and not Epic Fantasy. It also has more humor. But it has a main character that is a con man.

If you like The Gentleman Bastard and also like Urban Fantasy books with some humor in them, then the Ethereal Earth books might be for you. It's worth checking them out.

Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

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Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater work together as an infamous group of thieves. They make a living taking on high paying jobs for conspiring noblemen.

In their last job, stealing a duellist's famous sword, they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they are presented with an unexpected way out of their predicament.

This finds them suddenly entangled in a larger conspiracy regarding the leadership of not only their own kingdom but the empire as well.

Is The Riyria Revelations good?

This book is the start of a good and entertaining series.

The Riyria Revelations might not be among the best fantasy series, but it is absolutely worth reading.

Why is The Riyria Revelations recommended?

Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater are high-end thiefs taking on special jobs from the nobility. It has thieves, heists, trickery, conspiracy, and politics.

The Riyria Revelations is an excellent epic fantasy series. If you like The Gentleman Bastard then it's worth giving it a try.

The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie

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Murderous conspiracies, old scores ready to be settled, unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters. This is what you will get in The Blade Itself.

In this story, we follow some interesting characters. The infamous barbarian Logen Ninefingers, Captain Jezal dan Luthar, Inquisitor Glokta, and he wizard Bayaz.

Jezal is a nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness. He has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle.

Glokta, a cripple turned torturer, loves cutting treason out of the Union, one confession at a time.

Bayaz is an old man with a terrible temper. He could be the First of the Magi or he could be a spectacular fraud.

Whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult.

Is The First Law good?

The Blade Itself is the first book in The First Law series.

This book, especially Glokta with his biting and interesting internal monologues, is among the better fantasy books.

You will have a blast reading this.

Why is The First Law recommended?

First Law is better than The Gentleman Bastard, and unlike The Gentleman Bastard, it gets better as the series progress. And the best part, the First Law series is finished. No need to wait for more books.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

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A Song of Ice and Fire is set in a medieval-like fantasy world. A world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

The characters in this epic story are struggling amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, in the only game that matters, the game of thrones.

In the game of thrones, you either win or you die, there is no middle ground.

Is A Song of Ice and Fire good?

This is an excellent book series.

It is sadly not finished jet. It will probably take decades before it is finished unless the author gets his finger out of his ass.

Why is A Song of Ice and Fire recommended?

Not exactly sure why I think these two belong together, but they do. If you like the one you will probably like the other to. One major difference is that Game of Thrones shifts between a bigger cast.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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Roshar is a world of stone and storms.

The Storm-father, an uncanny tempest of incredible power, sweep across the rocky terrain frequently. It has done so as long as anyone can remember.

The Storm-father has shaped ecology and civilization alike with its incredible power.

Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

In The Way of Kings, the first book of The Stormlight Archive, we follow three main protagonists.

Kaladin, who traded his promising medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother. But only to be twice betrayed by his Brightlord and ends up in slavery.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, brother of the late king, commander of one of the armies, and follower of The Way of Kings.

And Shallan, who is seeking to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinars niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure.

Is The Stormlight Archive good?

The Stormlight Archive is highly recommended.

The first book in this series is very promising. Sanderson is an excellent and productive author. This series is just like his other books. Excellent worldbuilding, top-notch magic system, and interesting characters.

If you like fantasy books, then this is a must-read.

Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner #1) by Lynn Flewelling

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Alec is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit and his life looks like it will soon come to an end.

He is however lucky enough to be a cellmate with Seregil, a spy, rogue, thief, and a nobleman. He helps Alec to escape and offers him an apprenticeship.

Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. They soon become entangled in a devious plot that runs deeper than they can imagine.

Complicating things further is Alec's discovery of Seregil's sexual preferences and his growing and confusing feelings toward Seregil.

Is Nightrunner good?

Luck in the Shadows is a really great book, and so it the rest of the Nightrunner books.

The Nightrunner books are an absolute must-read if you like fantasy books, as long as you are not homophobic.

Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

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When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. At thirteen, he led a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king…

Is Broken Empire good?

Prince of Thorns is a great book, and Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath is a great anti-hero.

This is a must-read, as long as you are OK with anti-heroes as protagonists.

The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy #1) by Brent Weeks

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Azoth started as a guild rat living in the slum. To survive this brutal life he learned to judge people quickly and to take calculated risks.

Risks like selling his soul to the devil, Durzo Blint, the most accomplished assassin there is. Azoth did this in order to protect his friends Jaral and Doll-girl.

To be accepted by Durzo Blint, Azoth had to turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

Now known as Kylar Stern, Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics.

Is The Night Angel Trilogy good?

The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel Trilogy. Its an excellent series.

The hours just fly by as we live the life of Kylar Stern.

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

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Young Fitz is born on the wrong side of the sheets, he is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry.

As a young child, Fitz is raised as a stableboy in the shadow of the royal court. He is raised by his father's stableman, Burrich, the stablemaster at Buckkeep.

Fitz is treated as an outcast by all the nobles except by King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored to become an assassin.

In Fitz's blood runs the magic called Skill, and the more animalistic, and by most, the abhorred art known as the Wit.

Fitz is growing to manhood, and soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-crushing mission as an assassin to the crown.

Is Farseer trilogy good?

This is the first book in The Farseer trilogy, and it is very good. This series is among the books that are a must-read for any fan of fantasy books.

TV-Shows

White Collar

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Neal Caffey, a charming con artist, escapes from a maximum-security prison, only to be recaptured by FBI Agent Peter Burke.

Instead of going back to prison he is given the choice to help the bureau. Help them to bring down other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom.

Is White Collar good?

White Collar is an interesting show, lots of cons and tricks. Cool to watch.

If you like crime shows, then you should give White Collar a try.

Why is White Collar recommended?

White Collar is only suggested to give you something slightly different to try out. It's not fantasy but a police procedural TV show.

But the main character is a quick-thinking slick con man. And it's a good show.

If you like police procedural TV shows with a strange character then White Collar is worth checking out.

Dexter

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Dexter Morgan, by day a blood spatter pattern expert for the Miami Metro police department, but by night he becomes a brutal serial killer.

Dexter, Like most serial killers, only kills people who fit a very specific profile. He follows a "moral code" taught to him by his late father Harry, he only kills violent criminals that slip between lady justice`s fingers.

Dexter is grappling with fitting into society, while at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion.

Is Dexter good?

Each season of Dexter is made up of a story that starts at episode one and ends at the season finale. But there is also good continuity between seasons.

It is strange how the writers manage to get you to root for a serial killer.

Why is Dexter recommended?

Dexter is not that similar to The Gentleman Bastard.

But its a good show that you might like. And it finished with a real ending.

I'm not exactly sure why I want to recommend it, but I did.

Movie

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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This is the origin story of Han Solo. How he escaped his poor upbringing, how he got hold of the Millennium Falcon, how he befriends Chewbacca, and how he become the charming smuggler and bad boy he is known for.

Is Solo: A Star Wars Story good?

I personally found Solo to be one of the better Star Wars movies that have been produced in its decade.

I want more stories like this set in the Star Wars universe.

Not every Star Wars movie needs to contain a Death Star and some Jedis.

Anime

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

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A water demon has manifested itself inside Prince Chagum. A prophecy say that the water demon need to be slain to save the land from famine. So the emperor, the Chagum's father, orders his own son to be slain.

Balsa, a spear-wielding warrior, is tasked with protecting the Prince by his mother. Bound by a sacred vow she once made, Balsa accepts.

Balsa and Chagum embark on her journey to flee his father's hunters and assassin attempts.

Is Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit good?

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is one of those animes that can be recommended to people that usually don't watch anime.

It has an excellent story, great animations, and very few of the typical anime stereotypes. If you like anime and fantasy then its a must watch anime show.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is highly recommended.

Why is Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit recommended?

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit is not exactly similar to The Gentleman Bastard.

But its a great anime and if you like anime and epic fantasy stories then it will probably be to your taste.