The Palace Job
by Patrick Weekes
Rating: 5 Stars
‘The most powerful man in the republic framed her, threw her in prison, and stole a priceless elven manuscript from her family.
With the help of a crack team that includes an illusionist, a unicorn, a death priestess, a talking warhammer, and a lad with a prophetic birthmark, Loch must find a way into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire–and get past the magic-hunting golems and infernal sorcerers standing between her and the vault that holds her family’s treasure.
It’d be tricky enough without the military coup and unfolding of an ancient evil prophecy–but now the determined and honourable Justicar Pyvic has been assigned to take her in.
But hey, every plan has a few hitches...’
Oh this is so much fun. It does what it says on the tin; a heist book that happens to involve – in no particular order – mythical creatures, a talking hamer, a floating city, betrayed members of the armed forces and an interesting elven document.
In many ways this series is reminiscent of Jen Williams and Michael J Sullivan. Thieves that go on a heist and end up WAY, WAY over their heads. Watching the team come together is a heck of a lot of fun, Weekes has created a great gang – Hessler the wizard, Icy the imperial monk, Terne the safecracker, Ulenelia the shapeshifting unicorn, Dairy the tag along farm boy, Desidora the death priestess, Kail who seems to specialise in brute force and ‘yo momma’ jokes and Loch, our team leader.
I love Loch. She’s a pleasure to read. She sensible, sexy, strong and – best of all – she has ulterior motives so far up her sleeve she could be wearing them as a scarf. She’s a woman you would NOT wish to cross, but the sort of friend who would stay with you through everything. You really find yourself rooting for her.
There’s some great world-building here and I like that a lot of this is implied so we don’t have to suffer through info-dump. One of the innovations that I really enjoyed was the puppet show news shows, it’s good to see a world created with political machinations intact.
I like how Weekes plays with Prophecy, destiny and what we all think is going on. Think Ocean’s Eleven if the reveal happened like a series of Russian dolls with mystical origins. I really don’t want to give away any of the various twists and turns in the plot so I’m not going to say much on this, but needless to say it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
I’ve also been lucky enough to get the ARC’s for the next two in the series. I’m already part way through The Prophecy Con and I’m really looking forward to reading the third book.