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?
©2013 Patrick Weekes (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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.
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.
Enjoy the adventure
I was thoroughly confused while listening to this book. Was I not following approved listening procedures? Did I skip the instructions? Were there too many characters? Was the narrator too clever with her accents? If there was a quiz after the book ended, Audible would be emailing me a big fat “F” and contacting my parents.
To be fair, the narrator was enthusiastic and parts of the book had me biting my nails.
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.
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.
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 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.
Robin Hood with a fantastic twist and lots of magic and fun. I'm not sure why I was the only one to see this as an old story updated, but it's there none the less. Justine Eyre did a very good job with the voices, and there were a lot of them to keep straight. Patrick Weekes wrote this fast paced update with flair and style and more fun and adventure than the original story ever had. All in all it was a pleasure to listen to.
Lifelong reader, with a strong preference for long, complex historicals and multi-book sagas (I've read, in their entirety, The Wheel of Time, all the currently available Diana Gabaldon, Naomi Novick, and Margaret George books, and love to draw comparisons from historic events to modern events.
Yes - very complex, richly described world. Loved the characters!
It's such an ensemble, it's hard to pick out a favorite.
Smoky, sultry, husky
The narrator would be GREAT for a romance. She's a little too sultry for the topic - I was distracted by her tone many times.
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
"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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