The Paladin Caper
(Rogues of the Republic #3)
by Patrick Weekes
Rating: 5 Stars
‘A thief’s good deeds are never done.
Loch and her crew are determined to stop the ancients from returning to reclaim the world they once ruled, but a kidnapped friend throws their plans awry. When a desperate rescue turns into a shocking reunion, the ancients return and seize power. Determined to stop them, Loch and the crew look for a way to close the gate to the ancients’ world, but this time, they find themselves up against an enemy that has insinuated itself into the highest ranks of the Republic. Cruel, cunning, and connected, the ancients target the crew’s families and histories, threatening to tear friendships apart.
If that weren’t bad enough, Loch must deal with her treacherous assassin sister, her turncoat ancient friend, and a daemon who has sworn to hunt her to the ends of the earth. In order to save the Republic and pull off her largest con ever, Loch will need her friends…and maybe her enemies too…’
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, what follows is my own opinion.
In essence, what we have here is more of the same, only better. More great action sequences, layers within layers of plot, political machinations and personal motivations. It’s a great ride, only enhanced by the recent betrayal of their ancient friend who was residing in a Warhammer. you don’t get to say that everyday.
I think this is probably best of the three books currently available, it pulls together all sorts of threads from the earlier novels in the series. The ancients are here and boy are they evil, Loche is under attack from some very literal past demons and the Republic is on the verge of tottering into the abyss. So far, so business as usual, Loche and the gang are all on the run whilst simultaneously trying to act in the interest of the republic.
What really sets this series apart is the characters. There are plenty of caper-novels out there with cracking cons, fast paced plots and some great action. But there’s not that many action/heist books out there with a female lead to the gang, there’s even fewer that then have a well balanced proportion of genders, backgrounds and motivations. Less still where each member of the gang have their own character arc, their own story. Weekes excels at that, he makes us care about his characters and that lends an added dimension to proceedings. Yes, we want to know if Loche and co. are successful in driving back the ancients and saving their world. But I also want to know if Kail’s mother’s alright, is Desidora is going to be able to make peace with her vocation, is Ulenia going to be able to hold onto her sense of self?
Now that’s not easy to do, to make us care without digressing. But Weekes does it with panache. More please.