The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes – review

By on November 27, 2013


Publisher’s Description:

Loch is seeking revenge.

It would help if she wasn’t in jail.

The plan: to steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but now is in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so Loch—former soldier, former prisoner, current fugitive—must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shapeshifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical warhammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills to help her break into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire and the vault that holds her family’s treasure—all while eluding the unrelenting pursuit of Justicar Pyvic, whose only mission is to see the law upheld.

What could possibly go wrong?

What I expected:  I expected a heist story with some humor and perhaps a bit of slapstick – in other words lots of fun, witty dialog and a motley crew of thieves bumbling their way to victory.

What I got:  Definitely got the heist story, witty dialog, and clever thieves with definitely different ways of getting what they want.  I also got a story with heart, excellent characters, and lots of fun.

What I liked:  I liked that while the crew of thieves were all there for a specific reason, they all found other things to work toward.  I loved the humor, naturally, as that is one of my favorite things.  And I most assuredly enjoyed the clever and twisty plot.  The villain was realistic and nasty and a tough nut to crack – not a pushover or someone too powerful to be believed.

What I did not:  While there were quite a few moments of “yeah, like that would really work,” the situations worked for the story and never annoyed me.  This story never took itself too seriously but always ended up being more than each of its parts.

Cover talk:  Artistically, I like the cover.  It is unique enough to stand out and invite closer inspection.  However, the drawback to it is that it does not tell the possible reader enough to entice.  One would hope that an interested reader would be pulled in by the artistry and uniqueness of the cover to at least read the synopsis and decide it might just be something good to read.  That is what happened with me!

Recommendation:  I loved the book.  I closed the cover of my Kindle with a smile, which is always a good thing.  Anyone who likes clever thieves and interesting magic and heist stories in general will probably enjoy this one.  There were several switches in point of view, though these were short and sprinkled throughout the story, some people may get overly distracted by this.  All the characters were interesting enough, though, to probably offset any possible annoyance.  I recommend that you go out and buy it right away if you want a fun, clever, and humorous read.

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