A tinker safecracker. An acrobat. A wizard who was kicked out of university. A shapeshifting unicorn. A death priestess and her enchanted talking war hammer. And two army deserters who broke out of prison. Their job - to conduct the heist of the century. The Palace Job is a fantasy heist full of action and intrigue with a couple of plot twists thrown in for good measure. The premise is good and the book is well executed. I did enjoy the story.
In my mind, the audio version left something to be desired. Ms. Eyre attempted to use distinct voices for the characters, but in my mind they were not distinct enough. With the changes in point of view it was sometimes difficult to follow. In addition, her British accent on top of the fantasy names added more complexity.
This is a good read and worth reading if you enjoy fantasy, action, or heist books.
When I first started this book and it started with a backstory, I hoped this wasn't an entire backstory novel because those tend to be lame fillers. Well, it was and I was wrong. Not only is this a great way to get new readers interested in the exploits of John Rain, it is a great action story with good pacing. I enjoyed reading about Rain's predicaments and how these early episodes shaped who he turned into. While I was interested in finding out what has happened since the last book (The Detachment), this story proved to be a great read and not lame filler. The story doesn't rely on previous knowledge of the characters and if can be an introduction into Eisler's other books about Rain. Recommended for people interested in action books in the vein of Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva. For those who may be turned off by a back story novel, give it a shot and be surprised.
This book is a great sequel to Hard Magic. Starting not long after the events of the first book, the Grimnoir Society is thrown into the midst of chaos. Several different plots are being pinned on them in an effort to turn the population against magic users. While this is a great story, I highly recommend starting with the first book, Hard Magic. Bronson Pinchot's performance in both books is exceptional.
I loved the way the magic system works in this story. "Actives" are connected to a power granting them a gift but only exhibit one type of ability. This leads to some super combos when two or more people use their powers together. There are several different characters whose stories are woven together in this struggle between good (The Grimnoir Society) and evil (Imperial Japan - the Imperium).
The book takes place in an alternative 1930's world where dirigibles rule the skies and prohibition is in full force in the United States. Magic first manifested in humans in the late 1800's and different cultures have cultivated their actives in different ways.
It was a slow started and took about five or six chapters before the story started to thrum. But once it started it was a full action ride. Great story for fantasy buffs, those who like steampunk or alternative history.
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