Book Review – The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes

Review of: The Prophecy Con
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Patrick Weekes

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On 2015-02-27
Last modified:2015-02-27


Funny and fun, but not quite perfect

The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes

The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes

The blurb cons:

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?

I liked the first book in the series, but it had a few flaws.  Fortunately this book is better in most ways (less unpronounceable names, clearer writing) but there were still some problems.  There are a lot of main characters, and the point of view keeps switching between them so it’s hard to keep track of everyone’s arc,

This was a good second book in that it could pretty much stand on its own, but it also contains a dramatic revelation about the events of the first book as well as setting up the third one.

I still appreciate the author’s attempt to use non-straight-white-male characters.