Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

Release Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: 47north
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Goodreads
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

The first thing you should know is that I suck when it comes to writing a glowing review. I wish I was one of those people who can eloquently describe how a book made them feel, and then suck you into their review with all those long flowing words. Alas, I guess it's just not meant to be. *sigh* M'kay.


Have you ever read a book that just made you grin like an idiot?

If not, you seriously need to find some better stuff to read...
Well, for me, The Palace Job was one of those amazing stories. Imagine George Clooney in his Ocean's Eleven role. Ok, now imagine he's a bad-ass black chick. And instead of Brad Pitt, you've got a unicorn. 
I know, right?!
The other characters include a master safe-cracker and her partner who is some kind of an acrobat/kung fu master, a Death priestess and her talking hammer, a mage who can conjure amazing illusions, an innocent boy named Dairy, and Loch's long-time partner Kail.

Each of them has their own reason for joining Loch's team, and none of them (with the exception of poor Dairy) have any qualms about doing something shady to reach their goal. However, as the story plays out, you can see that underneath it all they are basically good. And I'm a total sucker for bad guys with a heart of gold, you know?
Although, not too good...'cause where's the fun in that?!

One of my first book-boyfriends was Robin Hood, and I never really outgrew my crush. What? Archers are hot. Don't judge me!

I even bought one of those little green felt hats with the feather in it... and left it in the bedroom.
*wink wink, nudge nudge*
Sadly, it didn't go down the way I had hoped. My husband thought it was a totally different kind of hint, and surprised me with an anniversary trip to a Renaissance Festival.
There's a possibility I'm making this story up. 
Worse, there's a possibility that it's true...

Alrighty, back to the review. 
Is there any way to tell you what happens without giving spoilers? Not really. But I'm gonna try anyway.
It's a twisty heist caper set in an interesting world filled with fantasy and magic. I was totally impressed with the author's ability to mirror some of our societal problems, as well. Only not in a pushy obnoxious way, 'cause I'm not a fan of stuff that crams things like ethics and morals down my throat.
What? I'm a deep person...just in a really shallow kind of way.

Loch and her longtime partner Kail have been wrongfully imprisoned by a deliciously eeevil villain. 
But not for long. They execute a well-orchestrated prison break, and then Loch begins to gather a top-notch crew around them to exact her revenge.

The addition of each member to the team is a new adventure added to the story. And since none of them are easy to find...or in some cases don't necessarily want to be found, all of these little layers make the book fairly thick. But I honestly never once felt like it was too much or too overwhelming. In fact, I had to make myself put it down just so I wouldn't fly through it too quickly.

The entire thing felt like a fast-paced heist movie, and no matter what happened I just knew that all of these characters were going to make it out alive. I wasn't worried at all. Seriously!
Ok. Fine. I was chewing my nails towards the end.
So did the good guys win?!
Did they make it out of there alive?!
Pshht. Like I'm gonna tell you that.

It's fun. Read it.


Pabkins said...

Ok I'm flabberghasted - I seriously need to read this one! I even bought it a few weeks ago so it's sitting on my kindle I just have so many review books to read. But grinning is what I want! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

ElJoudi TOmanby said...

wow..this is great..I enjoy with it so much

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