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The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic Book 1) by [Weekes, Patrick]
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Book 1 of 3 in Rogues of the Republic (3 Book Series)
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"This is, simply, a terrific novel. Fun and funny, witty without condescension, laugh out loud dialogue and deft, delicate characterization, driven by dangerous twists and an inexorable pace, Patrick Weekes' writing evokes the best of the best. If Donald Westlake had given Dortmunder a sword, if Douglas Adams had hitchhiked with a unicorn, Weekes has crafted that rare fantasy novel that both embraces and challenges the genre. I'll say it again in case you missed it the first time: this is, simply, a terrific damn novel." —Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of Alpha, The Punisher, and Batman

About the Author

Patrick Weekes was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Stanford University, where he received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature.

In 2005, Patrick joined BioWare's writing team in Alberta, Canada. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters like Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor. He is now working with the Dragon Age team on the third game in the critically acclaimed series, and he has written tie-in fiction for both series, including Tali’s issue in the Dark Horse “Mass Effect: Homeworlds” series and Dragon Age: Masked Empire, an upcoming novel to be released in July 2014.

Patrick lives in Edmonton with his wife Karin, his two Lego-and-video-game-obsessed sons, and (currently) nine rescued animals. In his spare time, he takes on unrealistic Lego-building projects, practices Kenpo Karate, and embarrasses himself in video games.


Product Details

  • File Size: 4570 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7JWTTQ
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The Palace Job is one of those rare works that relies on cliché elements of fantasy to break with convention. Everything you know about the witty rogue, the nature spirit or the death cleric will be subtly undermined, but done so with a loving irreverence. It's Ocean's Eleven with a Unicorn, and if that doesn't do anything for you, you may have no soul.

As a character-driven heist caper, it's a delightful read. As an exercise in character voice and banter, it's a master class. Thoroughly recommended.
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This book is a must! You must buy it today and you must read it as soon as you can. :) With amazing world-building, fantastic characters and a nail-biting story, what's not to like?

When I first started reading it I had no idea how immersed I was until I looked at the page number to discover I was already at page 140! The characters truly come to life before you and their banter is hilarious. If you like funny antics and sly one-liners, this is the book for you. Relationships between the characters evolve along the plot, making them believable and honest in this beautiful fantasy world.

Overall, the story was exciting, well-paced and impossible to put down. This book was the escape I needed at a very rough time, so for that I am grateful to the author.

I loved every moment in this novel and I can't recommend it enough!
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I normally start a review with a small plot summary, but so much happened in this novel, my plot summary would not be small. Long story short, Loch and her... I want to call it a ragtag band; her collection of accomplices feel thrown together by circumstances and they are, really. So, Loch and her band set out to steal something, and they do. But a lot of stuff happens along the way. For the long story, you'll have to read the novel. But, as a review isn't much of a review without some impressions, here are some clues as to what you'll find along the way.

There is a death priestess. She used to be a love priestess, but things change. She has a talking hammer who used to be a king. (Things change, eh?) The hammer is a member of this band; it talks, it is assigned a share of the proceeds. So is the sixteen year old virgin with the incomparable name `Dairy'. I loved Dairy. I cheered when they took him along and made him a part of the crew. I just had a feeling he'd be important--and he was cute. They have a magician who can spin illusions, a safe cracker and her extremely athletic, talented and lethal sidekick, a unicorn (yes, a unicorn) and Loch's faithful comrade in arms, Kail.

These are the good guys. Then there are the accomplices and if I start listing the villains, we'll be here all day. There's a lot going on, but the beauty of this novel is I didn't get lost once. We've all read long and complicated books with a horde of characters and several intertwined plots where we have to flip back a page or a chapter to refresh our memory of who is who and what on earth is going on, right? Patrick Weekes tosses nine balls in the air (this ragtag band) and keeps them spinning while adding plates and dancing a jig. It's an impressive feat and makes for a rip-roaring good read.
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4.5 stars

I'm probably going to horrify a lot of Fantasy lovers by saying this, but . . . I was not a huge fan of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. And believe me, no one was more surprised by that than I was. At the time this review was written, it had a 4.28 average rating on Goodreads, based on nearly 75k readers.

That's nuts.

Additionally, the second highest category (after fantasy) the book was shelved on was Adventure, and 25% of readers also shelved it as Crime. And people . . . it is a truth universally acknowledged that Adventure + Crime = HEIST.

And maybe there was a heist. I honestly don't know, b/c I was too bored to get there.

YES. It was clever. YES. It was beautifully written. NO. It did not hold my attention, and it wasn't an issue of too many details, b/c I THRIVE on details.

It just wasn't what I was expecting, and the difference between reality and expectation was so great that the two could not be reconciled. *shrugs*

There is a reason why I'm yammering on about The Lies of Locke Lamora when I'm supposed to be reviewing The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes, and that reason is The Palace Job was exactly what I was expecting The Lies of Locke Lamora to be: a laugh-out-loud high fantasy heist.

And it didn't sacrifice depth to slapstick comedy either. Rather than separating the humor from the detail, which is what I felt happened in that other one, Weekes combined the two, and as is often the case, the whole was greater than the parts.

Take the political commentary that happens throughout the book via puppets (yes, puppets---you can say a lot with a puppet that you can't say as a person b/c sedition).
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**A 3.4 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog**

At the beginning of every great action movie there is a fuse, a scene designed specifically to lure its audience in. It can be one of a hundred different things: a fire, a fight, the full frontal view of a giant man-eating octopus smacking its lips in anticipation. Whatever it is, it's there to stimulate your mind and ask questions. Questions that (inevitably) must be answered. Which in turn keeps your ass firmly planted in a seat that is slightly too small, and has probably been peed on a time or two.

Fantasy novels tend to follow the same stream of logic. Start with steam, then (once there is no way the audience can jump ship for fear of lingering angst over artfully dodged answers) they launch into the bones of the story.

Patrick Weekes (who is previously known for his work on the Mass Effects series..that's a game, just FYI) followed suit with his novel "The Palace Job." Launching his characters into a truly enjoyable (floating) jail-break right out of the gate, and then asking the question...why? The 423 pages that follow are the answer. And believe me...it's a slippery one.

"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.
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