A Copy of this Ebook was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an Honest Review.
So let me start by saying that when I requested this novel I had no idea who Patrick Weekes was. I grabbed it because of the blurb on NetGalley, which reads as follows:
“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.”
So lets go over what grabbed me: A main character who is female and seeking revenge, a heist concept, a ton of fun sounding characters, and an interesting setting right? Then it turns out that Mr. Weekes here was a writer on 2 of my all time favorite RPG series: Mass Effect and Dragon Age. Specifically he wrote two of my favorite characters, Mordin Solus and Tali Zorah!
And this book did not fail to deliver to the lofty expectations that this knowledge gave me.
If you want to know if I think you should grab this book up and read it? The answer is yes. Here, go to Amazon and buy it. Please.
There will be some spoilers from here forward.
The story is all about Loch and her team of criminals from all walks of life. You have Loch, the planner and leader, Kail her second in command and a specialist in pissing folks off, Ululenia the unicorn with a taste for hunky virgin males and a shapeshifter, Desidora the priestess with her talking Warhammer Ghylspwr who is hilarious in his own right, Icy the pacifist martial artist, Tern the nerdy snarky tinkerer, Hassler the Illusionist, and Dairy the farm boy.
Its basically Oceans 11 in a fantasy setting. Their goal? To steal a book. That’s it. Simple right?
Well nothing is ever easy when you are a wanted criminal with the Justicar chasing after you! And of course the man who had you imprisoned. And that mans friends. And so on.
The story starts with Loch imprisoned in the floating city of Heavens Spire, where the elite of the Republic sit in control. She is with Kail, and they plan a daring escape because you see, the prisoners of the Republic are called Cleaners. Their job is to clean the magic crystals under the city in order to keep it afloat.
From there, its a non stop action packed and humorous ride as Loch assembles her team, deals with the Justicar Pyvic, and attempts to steal the book.
The best part of this novel was the fact that nothing seemed wasted. Every sentence, every scene, every interaction had a point. Weekes does an excellent job of showing rather then telling. There are no tedious descriptions or exposition dumps. Everything has a point. Either to move the plot forward, to build the world, or to build relationships between the characters. My personal favorites turned out to be Desidora and her hammer, and Tern.
Further, no single character really outshines any other. Each serves a purpose for the story and each comes off as strong in their own right. Kail and his insults had me laughing out loud several times. Loch and her smug sneakiness and her ability to out think her opponents impressed me. Tern and her snark was hilarious. Hessler and his ineffectual complaints made me giggle. Even Dairy who for the most part is just comic relief (till the end that is) had me laughing.
Everything about this book was fantastic. It was a great read, a real page turner from beginning to end. And that’s what I look for here.
One thing I did find funny is that the primary character here is Loch. Which is the same name as the thief Locke from the Gentleman Bastards series. Another series of fantasy Heist novels which are fantastic.
I give this book a 4/5 rating. I urge you that if you have any interest in a fantasy heist novel then I urge you to pick this book up. Its worth the read in every sense of the word, and a home on your shelf. Now I just need to get my hands on the two sequels.