The Palace Job
The Dresden Files - Book #1
by Patrick Weekes
Imagine Ocean's Eleven meets Dungeons and Dragons. That's right. This is a fantasy heist!
An enigmatic captain named Loch is seeking revenge, so she gathers a band of ragtag criminals and ne'erdowells to carry out a heist. The cobbled-together cast includes a unicorn and her virgin (of course), a death priestess and her talking warhammer, a safe-cracker, a man who insults everyones' mothers, a martial artist named Indomitable Courteous Fist -- or Icy, for short -- and more.
Their target: Archvoyant Silestrin, one of the chief nobles of the Republic who reside on the floating island of Heaven's Spire.
Toss in an ancient prophecy, some magic, a healthy dose of humor, and you've got a recipe for a great story.
Sometimes, though, it's all about the execution. The story is good, and the characters are more memorable than some of the recent books I've read. That said, the pacing was a little... off. Normally one point-of-view (POV) lasts an entire chapter, or at the very least, a half-chapter. In The Palace Job, each character's POV lasts maaaybe 3-4 pages before it flips over to the next character.
This leads to some timeline confusion, as well as not exactly managing the pacing of the story well. Normally, authors use the quick POV-change tactic to indicate fast action, but the story doesn't progress that much faster than if each chapter represented one POV.
It didn't NOT work, but... it was definitely a bit distracting.
Other than that, I enjoyed it. I'll definitely be picking up book two!