Book Review – The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The blurb says:

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 book was really fun and charming, but there were some pretty major problems:  At times the character names and fantasy languages were so strange that I had to stop reading to try and decipher how I was supposed to pronounce something – it was pretty jarring.  There was also some clumsiness in the writing – occasionally it wasn’t clear what happened, for example after a paragraph of “he” interacting with ‘him” I had a hard time keeping track of who “he” was.

Although the author is a white man, he has obviously put a lot of effort into redressing some of the issues with gender and race in fantasy (i.e. a lot of characters are women, black or both).  I can only applaud this, as it’s a step toward things changing for the better.

In spite of its flaws I really enjoyed this book.  I look forward to more from this author.