Book Two in the Rogues of the Republic series.
Who would have thought a book of naughty poems by elves could mean the difference between war and peace? But if stealing the precious volume will keep the Republic and the Empire from tearing out each other's throats, rogue soldier Isafesira de Lochenville - "Loch" to friends and foes alike - is willing to do the dishonest honors. With her motley crew of magic-makers, law-breakers, and a talking warhammer, she'll match wits and weapons with dutiful dwarves, mercenary knights, golems, daemons, an arrogant elf, and a sorcerous princess.
But getting their hands on the prize - while keeping their heads attached to their necks - means Loch and company must battle their way from a booby-trapped museum to a monster-infested library, and from a temple full of furious monks to a speeding train besieged by assassins. And for what? Are a few pages of bawdy verse worth waging war over? Or does something far more sinister lurk between the lines?
From Patrick Weekes, one of the minds behind the critically acclaimed Mass Effect video game series, The Prophecy Con continues the action-packed fantasy adventure that kicked off in The Palace Job.
©2014 Patrick Weekes (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
I really recommend this series very highly to anyone who enjoys fantasy. A little like old Piers Anthony from my teen years, these books are fun. Goofy situations, hilarious dialogue, disastrous screw-ups, friendships tested, romances awkwardly fumbled for, etc...
This is kind of an Oceans Eleven meets Star Trek Next Gen... Fun!
First of all, Justine Eyre was incredible in both The Prophecy Con and its predecessor, The Palace Job. I have no idea how she can provide distinct voices/accents/personalities for so many characters, both male and female, human and fantasy. But she does, and so convincingly that I more often thought I was listening to a movie rather than having a book read to me.
The story, while seemingly a classic tale of good vs. evil, has so many twists and turns, there's no way even the most savvy reader can guess what is coming up next. Nothing is quite what it seems on the surface. I am sure there will be critics who will state that the fights are too far-fetched and that many of the events are not sufficiently explained. I have always felt that the reason for reading a good fantasy is to escape to a world where the impossible is possible, where the good guys win against all odds, and where strength of heart can overcome physical weakness. Otherwise, what's the point of fantasy?
There is a lot of violence, but it's more of a swashbuckling type than graphic and gorey. There's some sexual innuendo and a smattering of foul language, but nothing overly offensive, probably just enough that I won't be passing this book to my 13 year old son to read.
I am tucking both this book and The Palace Job away to read again and am very much hoping that we have not heard the last from Patrick Weekes and The Rogues of the Republic!
I don't know what to say. I'm still enjoying these books. literally going through them in days. This book picks up where first left off with another not so surprising threat trying to destroy two nations. You could actually not read the first book and simply pick up this, as the author gives you plenty of explanation to what's going on. But you might lose a lot of important details too. Anyways wonderful book. I'll be reading the third any day now.
Great story!!!! Couldn't get enough. Every character was brought to life until you could feel their pain and triumph. Will listen again.
The narrator kept me interested even when the dialogue went wrote and trite. Keep listening as the twists and turns are worth the uninspired descriptions and the heavy handed lessons of racism and tolerance.
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