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First of all, Justine Eyre was incredible in both The Prophecy Con and its predecessor, The Palace Job. I have no idea how she can provide distinct voices/accents/personalities for so many characters, both male and female, human and fantasy. But she does, and so convincingly that I more often thought I was listening to a movie rather than having a book read to me.
The story, while seemingly a classic tale of good vs. evil, has so many twists and turns, there's no way even the most savvy reader can guess what is coming up next. Nothing is quite what it seems on the surface. I am sure there will be critics who will state that the fights are too far-fetched and that many of the events are not sufficiently explained. I have always felt that the reason for reading a good fantasy is to escape to a world where the impossible is possible, where the good guys win against all odds, and where strength of heart can overcome physical weakness. Otherwise, what's the point of fantasy?
There is a lot of violence, but it's more of a swashbuckling type than graphic and gorey. There's some sexual innuendo and a smattering of foul language, but nothing overly offensive, probably just enough that I won't be passing this book to my 13 year old son to read.
I am tucking both this book and The Palace Job away to read again and am very much hoping that we have not heard the last from Patrick Weekes and The Rogues of the Republic!
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I really recommend this series very highly to anyone who enjoys fantasy. A little like old Piers Anthony from my teen years, these books are fun. Goofy situations, hilarious dialogue, disastrous screw-ups, friendships tested, romances awkwardly fumbled for, etc...
This is kind of an Oceans Eleven meets Star Trek Next Gen... Fun!
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Often I don't enjoy the 2nd book bit I couldn't get enough. The character development was well paced and the detail allowed a clear picture in my mind of what was happening, what people looked like, etc. Looking forward to the next instalment