I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review
The Blurb: “Book Two in the Rogues of the Republic series.
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?
From Patrick Weekes, one of the minds behind the critically acclaimed Mass Effect video game series, “The Prophecy Con” continues the action-packed fantasy adventure that kicked off in “The Palace Job.”
Alrighty, this is going to be rough for me. You see, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was, honestly, more of what made “The Palace Job” fun and an enjoyable read. Right up until the ending.
But I will come back to that. This book takes place a bit after The Palace Job, with Loch and her crew having gone their seperate ways and Loch being assigned as a guard for a diplomatic mission to the Empire, due to the events at the end of the first book. Things go off the rails pretty damn fast, and it comes to light that the Empire demands that the Republic give them the Elf Poem Book from the Palace Job. Which they do not have anymore.
So it becomes almost like a race to see if the Empire can catch Loch before she can get the book. But other things are afoot as well, and as the book progresses it turns out more and more that this is not about the Elf Book but rather something much more.
It is a fun and enjoyable read to be sure. Lots of action, wit, humor, and all the crew makes a comeback at some point. There are two major issues however with the book. One concerns the Epilogue/Post Script, and the other is one of perspective.
You see, this is most assuredly the second book in a series. Everything is written and introduced in a way that very clearly shows a history between everyone. Early on for example the unicorn Ululenia is questioned as to where Dairy is. Unless you have read the first book you will have zero idea who Dairy is nor why its funny that she gets mad about him being mentioned. None. There is no real context presented. In fact, Dairy himself doesn’t appear till about the halfway point in a pretty damn solid twist. The whole book has instances where this occurs, meaning that if you have not read the first book a lot of the humor and references will be lost.
The second issue comes in the Epilogue, and then a hidden “Post Scripts” bit. You see, after the events of the book, we get an Epilogue, which shows the results of everything that took place. During the epilogue a major event occurs that shakes things up. I mean MAJOR.
After the Epilogue in the EBook I was reading came the Authors Thank You, and most people I know would close the book out at this point as its clearly the end.
But nope, there is a Post Scripts bit. A literal “After Credits” scene in the book. And the only reason I caught it is I have this wierd obsession with making every book be at 100% completion, so I tend to just flip through the Thank You and whatever else is at the back.
So imagine my surprise when I hit this Post Script bit…which then erases the major shakeup that occured in the Epilogue! I about facepalmed.
And the funniest thing is that I started reading Book 3, the Paladin Caper, right after I finished. And Chapter 1 of that is written in a way that assumes you did NOT read the Post Script scene.
Overall, its a decent read, and while it is a self contained story, if you came into this series with this book first you would most likely not enjoy it as much as say I would, simply because you would not get many of the references.
I rate this a 3.5/5. This is because its a 4 if you have read the Palace Job, and 3 if you have not.