Sep 272012

The Palace JobThe Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
Source: Review copy from publisher
Links: Amazon, Goodreads

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.

This is a humourous action-packed story that is full of surprises. The idea of a magical heist that is comparable to Ocean’s 11 sounds incredibly fun, and this book does not disappoint.

The characters are an eclectic group that really fit together well. I loved them all, but I especially loved Kail. His mother bashing comments made me laugh every time. They lent a simple yet familiar element to the story. In fantasy world with active magic, the fact that mother bashing generates the same reactions that you can expect in real life really helped make Kail seem more realistic.

Overall, this is a great book. It was enjoyable and easy, with a bit of everything. There were memorable characters, a unique plot with a touch of magic, set in a fantasy world with very detailed world building.

5 stars

Challenges read for:

The Canadian Book Challenge 6

2012 Ebook Challenge

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