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The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic Book 1) (English Edition) par [Weekes, Patrick]
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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 now is in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so Loch—former soldier, former prisoner, current fugitive—must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shapeshifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical warhammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills to 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?

The Palace Job is a funny, action-packed, high-fantasy heist caper in the tradition of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series, from debut author Patrick Weekes.

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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.

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Un savant mélange d'humour et de fantasy. Les personnages sont attachants et l'histoire dynamique, pleine de rebondissements, Je me suis vraiment amusé à lire ce premier tome, et m'en vais acquérir le suivant de suite.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best High Fantasy Heist I've ever read. 26 février 2015
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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). The two main factions are represented by fantastical creatures, and when our heroine is looking for information, the puppeteer asks her:

"Tell me, if you don't mind . . . which do you favor? The griffin or the manticore?"
Loch looked at the griffin, an eagle's head and wings on a lion's body, and the manticore, a lion with bat wings and a scorpion's tail.

"Funny thing, Yeshki. You get right down to it, they're both mostly big cats."

*stands* *ovates* (<------it's a word if I say it's a word)

But cleverness is not enough to make a stellar heist novel. It also needs a fantastic cast of characters.

Like a wizard of questionable morals:

"Mister Hessler?"
"Yes, Dairy?"
"Are you a good wizard?"
. . . "Do you mean good as in ethical or good as in capable, Dairy?"

A #2 who takes pride in his less-than-reputable work (and can tell "your mom" jokes in at least three different languages):

"I'm just saying, as someone who occasionally rigs fights, I'm offended by the lack of professionalism."

A flexible ascetic:

"Do you radiate cold magic when you punch people?" Kail asked.
"I do not engage in physical combat," Icy replied, taking a bite from his vegetable plate, "and I possess no elemental magic ability."
"Then why Icy Fist?"
"It is short for 'Indomitable Courteous Fist,' which is my full name."
"That's significantly less cool, Icy."

And a unicorn who only lets virgins ride her in a decidedly different context than most people are familiar with, a sentient, if incoherent war hammer, a love/death priestess, and a virgin:

"No alcohol for the boy," said Desidora.
"Kun-kabynalti osu fiur'is," mutterd Ghylspwr.
"Because he's sixteen," Desidora insisted. "Kail, you will not give him alcohol. Do I make myself clear?" Her hair darkened perceptibly.
"You just had to play the death priestess card." Kail grunted. "Fine. Virgin for the kid."
"Virgin," said Ululenia, smiling dreamily, her horn shining brightly on her pale forehead. "Mmm."
Dairy blushed."

Among others. *snickers*

And of course there's also the requisite Bad Guy who comes equipped with puns and henchmen:

"The airship hit another building and lost most of its aft section. Loch dropped her knife and clung to a flailing rope as the deck slid out from under her, and she felt open air yawning sickeningly beneath her dangling legs.
"Reached the end of your rope, Loch?"

I could give you more details, but you already know the basics, and the basics are all you need. The Palace Job was so thoroughly entertaining that the only reason it wasn't a 5.0 star read is b/c it had a slow start. BUT. Once I hit the 18% mark, it was action and hilarity from that point forward. SO. If you like clever things, fantasy, heists and the criminal masterminds that plan them, I strongly recommend you discover this hidden gem for yourself. It might just be the most quotable book I've ever read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 quick, light read 1 février 2017
Par Sneaky Burrito - Publié sur
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This is another one from my Kindle archive. I've been reading more lately while trying not to buy new books. Apparently I got this on special at some point in the past and totally don't remember buying it. So I was going into reading it knowing absolutely nothing about the book or the author other than the blurb here.

As it turns out, this is just the book I needed to read at this moment. I was looking for something light, something that didn't require a ton of thought, after finishing some science fiction that made me ask a lot of questions. And this fit the bill perfectly.

One of the highlights of this book for me was the pace. Something was always happening. Every section, every chapter ended with some sort of danger for our protagonists (more so even than the Red Rising trilogy, where you occasionally got a moment of respite...). It wasn't always life or death danger, sometimes it was just the worry of getting caught, or knowing the enemy had plans for our heroes when the heroes, themselves, didn't know. There wasn't much in the way of down time or infodumping. The pace was such that I wanted to keep reading, even when I had other things I needed to be doing. Any book that hooks me like that is going to get a pretty good review from me.

There weren't a lot of deep themes here. I feel like the author was trying to comment on racism in the world he created, and there were subtle (and some not-so-subtle) lines regarding this peppered throughout the book. But in the end, race never really made a huge difference to the story. (For example, an orphaned dark-skinned girl was "adopted" by a white leader in a show of inclusiveness and/or tolerance. But things would've turned out much the same if she had been the daughter of some light-skinned enemies.) At any rate, I applaud the author for not beating us over the head with this theme.

To be honest, there wasn't a ton of character depth, either. We learn a fair amount about Loch, the leader of our group of heroes -- her history, her goals, her weaknesses, etc. She has eight companions on her quest (to steal an artifact back that once belonged to her family). We get a bit of backstory on each of them, definitely enough to tell them apart. But they are more character types than actual, individualized characters in a lot of ways. I know there are two other books in the series and I'm hoping we'll learn more about some of the other characters in those books. It has to be difficult to make people stand out from one another when there are so many protagonists, but I think the author did handle this all right. Just go into reading this knowing that it's not really a book with a ton of character development. (However, to be fair, you DO root for the protagonists.)

This book had many, many villains. Some were just evil (the ambassador from the "Shimmering Folk") but some were more complex (Archvoyant Silvestrin -- although he was greedy, he did think he had a larger, noble purpose). It seems like a lot of villains, but I guess there were a lot of protagonists, and things need to be balanced out. Despite his pure evilness, I actually didn't mind reading about the ambassador, especially in his confrontations with the protagonists, as they throw one thing after another at him and grow increasingly desperate when they hardly ever even manage to slow him down.

There is a bit of humor here; some of it goes over a little better and some not as much (I'm not really a fan of "your mother" jokes, but they were at least well-placed for comic relief here, especially when a new character takes up trying to tell them near the end). On balance, I'd say I enjoyed the humor. Some of the throwaway lines were the best (don't want to spoil anything, and don't have the book with me at the moment, but those lines are better experienced in context anyway). The writing style was well-suited to the humor as well as to the pace.

The world was your standard fantasy fare. There are elves (not very prominent in the story) and (magical?) airships and coffee houses (our heroes congregate here instead of in taverns, for whatever reason) and such. The author doesn't spend a ton of time delving into worldbuilding details, but you pick up enough of them as you read that you can fill in the blanks (or at least I could, but I read a ton of fantasy and have for decades so I know the tropes).

One thing that was done superbly and you don't even notice until the end involved turning people into automaton-like soldiers with little ability to control their own actions. The seeds for this are planted early, and clues are peppered throughout, but I totally missed the connection until near the end. (Maybe this says something about me. However, I do like it when an author manages to surprise me like this and yet not be making it up as he goes.)

Anyway, it kind of sounds from what I've written like I have mixed feelings about this book, but what I said earlier stands: I read this quickly and was interested in seeing what happened next. I found the protagonists sympathetic and the author even managed to make me interested in a seemingly one-dimensional villain. The pace was great and I did find at least some of the attempts at humor funny. And, most importantly, I do intend to pick up book two quite soon. So overall, I was satisfied.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a Lies of Locke Lamora redux, despite the similarities 7 décembre 2016
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur
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But that would have been easier to see if Weekes had done a better job of distinguishing The Palace Job from Lynch's earlier book, The Lies of Locke Lamora The most disturbing similarity is the name of Weekes' main character, Lock (vs. Lynch's Locke). This would have been very easy for Weekes to change and I don't know why he didn't do it. He should have known that his book would suffer in comparison to Lynch's, if for no other reason than Lynch's books were published first. Lynch's story also broke new ground in the genre and was memorable, while Weekes is following an already established pattern.

In fact, there are important differences between the two books, though the evident similarities make them harder to see at first.
What's similar:
the names of the MCs and that they:
are fighting a corrupt oligarchy,
were driven to it by the murder of their families
have gathered a group of creative thieves to right the wrongs done them.

What's different:
writing style--Lynch has an edge that Weekes lacks. Scott Lynch writes with gay ferocity, his humor is often bleak and he has a heart for violence. Locke is decidedly the books' main character, a swashbuckling rogue of few principles partnered with his equally gifted friend, Jean, who serves as a critical counterbalance when Locke's manic-depressive tendencies send him into orbit or down the abyss.

Aside from being female, Lock is completely different from Locke: first off, she's a fine leader who cares about her troop and draws strength from their competence and camaraderie. She stays clear on her original objective, while Locke has a tendency to add unnecessary -- but personally satisfying and aesthetically pleasing -- elaborations to his plans. Locke is the center about whom everyone and everything turns, while Lock always works as part of the group, and not necessarily as the most important part either. There's violence in Weekes' story, but it's treated as rather ordinary. People fight and get hurt, a few are threatened with torture and some get killed, but for the most part, it isn't operatic, just what needs to happen to forward the plot.

They really are different books, and though it's nowhere near as deep and singular as The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Palace Job is a fun and well-written story with a host of interesting characters and its own peculiar slant on morality and seeing justice served.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Little Bit Crazy But a Whole Lot of Fun. And there was a Unicorn. 13 avril 2015
Par Robin Snyder - Publié sur
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3.5 This is an A.D.D. person's dream book stars

I am not A.D.D. in fact I have a hard time moving onto a new task or train of thought until I’ve amply concluded the one I’m currently having. And that was my struggle with this book and why I didn’t like it nearly as much as all of my friends who gave it 4.5-5 stars. I still very much enjoyed it entire book but it took me until the 40% mark to even get a feel for who all the players in the book are.

① Loch - She is the main organizer of this crew of miscreants and magical beings. Former Captain in the Republic Army she now needs to steal a manuscript back from the man who took over her Barony and adopted her sister while she was presumed dead. She is tricky and sly and has plans hidden within plans, under rocks of other shattered plans.

In my mind she is a little like Xena the Warrior princess. Strong with many skills and even more tricks up her sleeve. She also has a way with men that can’t be denied.
“Would you by any chance be interested in a cup of kahva?” He finally met her stare and grinned. “I like my kahva the way I like my women… hot and black.”
“I like my kahva the way I like my men,” she replied, her eyes half-lidded. “Ground up into tiny pieces and stored in a bag.”

② Kail - Loch’s long term companion on her way back from beyond the grave he has been through a lot with his captain and is totally ready for this new Job that should make him incredibly rich. Kail has a way with words and seems to end up in more scuffles than most….could have something to do with all the talk about other peoples mothers. In fact he can insult your mother and allude to sexual acts being performed with her in every language imaginable.
“Hey, come on!” Kail pushed into the hallway and saw an ascetic-looking man whose lapitect robes had some little stars on the collar. “We’re trying to work, here! Do I go down to where your mother works and push the sailors out of her bed?”

③ Desidora and Ghluspwr – well that is a mouthful. She is a Death Priestess and Ghyl is her magical Warhammer who very much likes to kill people but can be reined in. I liked her character the most. Not only is she fantastic at theft, viewing auras and changing magical glyphs but when she channels magic her entire body changes and things around her morph into black with skulls and spiders and other creepy crawly things. She is possibly one spell away from turning almost evil and destructive ready to kill anyone.
“You’re a death priestess?” the man asked. His urge to have sex with her had diminished greatly, though not entirely. “Like, sacrificing babies and devouring souls to gain the power of daemons and all that?”

④ Tern and Icy - Are a lockpicking safe cracking duo. Icy from the inside of the safe and Tern from the outside. Tern is the semi geeky girl with engineering and dohicky skills galore. Icy is a cross between a contortionist and a pacifist samurai. He has some sort of magical power and fighting ability but is not allowed to harm another living soul. In other words he can only kick inanimate ass

⑤ Hessler – a wizard thrown out of wizarding school on a technicality of sorts who just happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. He is a man of illusions and weave shadow into reality of sorts. He also seems to be the main attraction for at least one of the girls to pine after.

⑥ Ululenia- a unicorn….Well this is something you don’t see in most stories. She is a unicorn but apparently among having a hankering for virgins and projecting jargon into mortal minds, she can also shapeshift into various creatures including a human woman. Totally an interesting and different way to look at Unicorns especially the part about the vigins.

⑦ Dairy - Ululenia’s current virgin and bot with a touch of destiny about him. Seems that the big bad guy called the glimmering man makes him feel tingly inside….you take that however you want to.

⑧ Pyvic - the honorable Justicar that has been pulled along into this tangled mess to try and find Loch and Kail before they are able to pull off the job of the century. It seems that things might not be exactly what he thinks and Loch might be his trickiest opponent yet.

So there are most of the characters and that isn’t even counting the bad guys. Like I said a lot of PoVs and they shift multiple times in the same chapter. However, once I got a better handle of the characters the way the story is presented added a little bit to the drama and flow of the story.

Other notes of interest - A palace in the sky, demonic creatures bent on stealing souls, magical armor, elves, a sexified satyr (you don’t want to know where his horn is), a prophecy that could lead to the end of the world and much much more.

My only downfall to the story besides the A.D.D.ness of the character jumping was just that I really enjoy when the clues are laid out and then I can try and solve the puzzle myself. There is no way to ever solve this puzzle ahead of time, it is really just all too random. So when you read it just be ready to let it all go and jump in for the wild crazy and at times ridiculous ride.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best book I've read in a long time!! 20 août 2016
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur
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This book had everything; good characters, different kinds of characters, unicorns, elves, and really BAD bad guys. What it did NOT have is foul language and sex. The talking war hammer bothered me at first, especially since you could not understand him; this became clear later in the book. I have already ordered the next one!
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