Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills. This crack team of misfits will help her break into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire and the vault that holds her family’s treasure - all while eluding the unrelenting pursuit of Justicar Pyvic, whose only mission is to see the law upheld. What could possibly go wrong?
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A good story brought to life with great narration. I was instantly drawn to the main character and the storyline that actually had a few surprises in it as well
Well delivered with multiple strands of characters interwoven with enough back story to make it fun and interesting. When the individual characters begin to interact it is like well woven tapestry
Actually enjoyed them all. Very well delivered with great personality for all of them. The Death Priestess though....Very interesting.
I enjoyed the light, tongue and cheek humor and the twists in the story. I read a lot of fantasy as a teen and this book brings back some of the fun, with a bit of sly irreverence to standard fantasy elements.
I really enjoyed the dialog between the characters and the humorous comebacks.
At first I found the narrators voice a little difficult to follow, but within a few minutes, I found myself immersed in the story, narrator forgotten.
The ultimate fantasy heist? A unicorn, tinkerer, magician and two thieves? I am not great at tag lines, but it's a great heist adventure I couldn't stop listening to!
I was looking for something light, funny and magical ( since I was feeling like the world was rather bleak at that moment) and this fit the bill perfectly. I enjoyed the performance and story immensely.
River On The Edge
A con job, swindle, & revenge story... A fast paced adventure with strong characters and a lot of twist and turns!
I might listen to this again, and I might actually read the book as well in addition to listening to it. Partly because I'm sure I missed some things the first time through, but as much because I really enjoyed the story and would love to revisit the characters.
The characters did feel a little like they were pulled out of stock character classes from a role-playing game (which isn't necessarily a bad thing as far as I'm concerned), but they were very nicely filled out with a back story and personality, so they didn't actually feel like stock characters. I really liked them by the end of the story, and would love to read about their continuing or prior adventures.
In addition to the characters, I was very impressed with the richness of the world. It was well thought out, had lots of layers and history, and plenty of room to explore more, while not simply being a typical Tolkien-derived fantasy world. It was also quite modern in some ways, which allowed for creative things like puppet show 'newscasts.' I would really like to read more stories form this world -- with the same or different characters.
The writing was quite witty -- a few laugh out loud moments, but a lot of chuckles and smiles. The fight sequences were well written.
First time listening to her. She did a good job -- the voices were reasonably distinct and I usually didn't have any trouble identifying characters.
There were times when the accents were a bit much and the story was complex enough that I had trouble following along (which is more the author than the narrator) -- thus the drop to 4 stars -- but I'd definitely be willing to listen to her read another book.
There were some heart-tugging moments, but I'll leave those spoilers out of the review. On the whole though, this is a pretty light and fun book (although not without dark parts) -- the heroes get into trouble and it's mostly a question of how they'll get out of it (this is not a George R. R. Martin Game of Thrones story where characters get killed with wild abandon).
I really enjoyed this book. If Patrick Weekes writes more in this world, I'll definitely pick it up.
Yes, But with the book included, for reference and clarification. The narrator is very good, but the pace is pretty fast with a lot going on (and the book as a whole... genre, tone, characters..were new to me) and if you listen while doing other things, as I do, I got lost at times with who was who and what was going on. But it is so interesting, I am going to listen to it again. note: because I was doing computer work while listening, I couldn't keep rewinding every time I got "lost", what I found was if I kept listening I soon did understand all that was needed.
When Loch and her friend break into (and out of) the elf safe. The book unfolds with interesting things happening in every chapter and to reveal them all would certainly spoil the plot, , but the zombie was certainly a surprise and the plot of the heist was well done..then there's the seemingly innocent boy with no apparent skills, well...that was written and revealed in a way that kept the book fun and with a goodness I appreciated
This was everything I could have wanted in a heist story: complex plots, an entertaining and hilarious criminal crew, and the justice-serving person trying to foil their plot. Plus, magic and a unicorn! It has the light and witty tone that I love in common heist movies and kept me guessing the whole book. It was brilliantly put together and I was taken completely off guard by how much I enjoyed it.
She really brings the characters to life. There are different accents and each person's attitudes really shine in her narration.
I was laughing and smiling through the whole book. Even when their plans are falling apart, the characters are fun and sarcastic or just plain quirky and I loved their interactions with each other, especially when the crew was first put together. This book was so much fun, I can't say it enough!
In addition to really enjoying the characters, the heist component is really well executed. The plans were revealed in pieces, and there is a great mix of the crew manipulating the events around them in their favor and their plans being really screwed up, and often you can't tell which seeming obstacle is which until later. It definitely kept me on my toes.
A working stiff who loves to read. My taste range from Syfy and fantasy to history and politics. Read at you own risk!
I haven't this much fun with a book in a while. The book is so much fun in not only the quirkiness of the characters but the great story telling as well. The banter between chapters is funny and great.
Can I just say that it's so hard to nail down just one part because it is non stop from beginning to end.
Her voice is perfect for this book and it's sometimes dry wit which requires good timing. Great read.
I found myself sneaking of on breaks at work to listen to it. Not a very productive couple of days there.
Well writing and we'll read I highly recommend it!
This audiobook is certainly entertaining, but all in all...I think I should have just read the book, and not invested the hours in listening to the audio version.
The narrator, Justine Eyre, has a wonderfully flexible voice: The voices of the many characters are distinctly different, and her switch between dialogue and narration is crisp and clean. She also reads with attention to phrasing, punctuation, and meaning. HOWEVER, either she or a director/producer should be slapped for the selection of her narrator's voice for this book, which is not a comfortable natural voice, but instead a sort of husky, purring undertone, unusual and interesting, but also nearly unintelligible. The effect is rather like trying to understand someone with a bad case of laryngitis--or watching a otherwise wonderfully-cast play where the main character is performed by the producer's under-talented girlfriend. Who needs a voice coach. And mumbles.
The story is a standard quest in the fantasy tradition, or a standard heist in the action/adventure (e.g. "Mission: Impossible) tradition. Nothing wrong with that; it just makes me wonder about how much reading the many reviewers who praised this work for its innovative nature have done. What I found most distinctive about the story, actually, is that the author did not seem to know who his audience was. Overall, the story seemed to be a not-too-demanding, stock-character, playful romp of the type suitable for tweens, but there were elements that made the story completely inappropriate for young adults (e.g. heroines strapped spreadeagled on a table and menaced by a satyr). However, there was a certain reticence with the violence and sexual innuendo that resulted in the story not having the edginess one would expect in fiction intended for adults. It felt as if the author either needed an editor, or had been terribly over-edited.
Bottom line: not offensive enough to want to return the book; not good enough to recommend.
This is like Leverage except in fantasy land. And it's not even a generic fantasy land! Seriously, Weekes writes for some incredibly popular video games, and while you can see that he went to the shelf and picked up all the necessary stock characters and locales, none of those things remain stock by the time you read them.
The plot has all the depths and twists and turns you expect of a good heist, and the world, characters, and world-rules are detailed and well fleshed out. I've already recommended this book to a good ten people, and I gave it as Christmas presents to several of my friends, all of whom are now raving about how fantastic this is.
The reader, Eyre, does such a great job. I can't even begin to praise her work enough. She really brings this book to life. Characters all have distinct voices, and her choices are absolutely perfect.
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.
"A really awful book"
A better story
She reads beautifully, but even that was not enough to make this interesting
This is a confusing litany of characters, one even more unlovable than the next. But this is only my personal opinion and taste. Maybe someone else will enjoy the story. I do not like to belittle anyone's effort. It just does not fall in my taste
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