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The Prophecy Con

(Rogues of the Republic #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,193 ratings  ·  267 reviews
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 di
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by 47North
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Sean Gibson
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
You know how sometimes you’re watching a big-budget blockbuster movie and there’s a crazy action scene going down, with heroes and villains throwing haymakers and blasting each other with futuristic weapons and explosions explosioning and the camera is zoomed in too close and the lighting is a bit murky and you’re thinking, “Hey, this looks pretty cool…wait, what just happened? Did he just—ooh, that was awesome! Wait, huh? How did she get—is that the same person as…whoa! Boom! That’s gonna leave ...more
Anne
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my kind of fantasy.
It's got that unputdownable thing going for it that just KILLS my ability to function as a normal person, with normal person things to do. I made deals with myself for a few days while I was reading this. Bad deals, but deals, nonetheless.
Deals like: I will feed the kids nutritious (yet delicious!) meals once I finish Prophecy Con. Tonight, though, I can throw a frozen pizza in the oven for them, and we'll call pepperoni a vegetable!
Because that's what books like this do to me. They force me to malnourish my children. Solike:
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TS Chan
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This sequel to the Palace Job was an improvement in almost every way possible. As the first book nicely wrapped up its plot line, one wonders where the next book will head to. Let's just say that the title is an important clue as to what's in store for the Rogues of the Republic.

Everything in this sequel was bigger. The world-building was more expansive as Loch and her crew had to find and steal back the very same item that they have stolen from the Republic. What is so important about this manuscript? I
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The prophecy Con is full of interesting characters, weird magic, different lore and a whole host of craziness. It has a very interesting story and I like it but…..due to the jumping PoVs and the sheer number of things happening at the same time sometimes it is hard for me to become really invested in the story. I get a little OCD with fantasy books wanting to understand the world and the magic and sometimes I struggle with this particular series as it brushes on the magic but I never really unde ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

Mr Weekes, thanks ever so much for rescuing my poor soul after the Iced fiasco. The Prophecy Con was just what I needed to get my book life back on track.

As I was reading the character recap at the beginning of the book I just knew this was going as fantastic as The Palace Job. I was wrong. It wasn't as fantastic as The Palace Job, it was even better. Non-stop kick-ass action, ever-expanding world-building, brilliant plot and hilarious character interactions.



What I like most about Rogues of the Republic? The Rogues obviously! What a crazy bA.W.E.S.O.M.E.
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Bradley
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I liked the first book in the series. I loved the second.

Right from go, we've had great action scenes directly in the service of both story and character development. I can't tell you or anyone how much I love it when great action actually and truly does service to the story.

In this case, we have yet ANOTHER manuscript that needs to be procured, and as a reader I'm wondering how it's going to be twisted in comparison to the surprises we had in the previous book, but
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Mike
I considered reviewing the first three books in the Rogues of the Republic individually, but in retrospect these books aren't so much discrete books but parts of one overarching story (and in no way related to the fact I took so long to get around to reviewing them I had forgotten some details of them). While there are distinct heists in each of the books there is one plot line that winds its way through each book. I would recommend anyone reading this series to read them consecutively, I think that met ...more
Choko
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, advanture
*** 5 ***

Wonderful!! Fun! Action and never-ending rolercoaster of fighting and highly implausible but tremendously entertaining situations. As I had seen in some of the other reviews, this felt like a supper-actionny high-adrenaline heist flick in 3D! There were many new characters introduced, among them my favorite Veiled Lightning, the princes of the Imperium, and a second talki9ng "trinket", which mixed in with our core crew was a formula for one of the most fun books ever!!! There were som
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Cathryn
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
12/7/15 Review: This was even better than the first. Non-stop action and witty banter between all the characters make this a win in my book. The pace moves very fast so there are times when I had to go back to make sure I understood the world building. We get some new players in this installment and even though there were plenty of characters to keep track of before they don't seem superfluous. They add to the rich world and don't clutter it up. A lot of times with ensemble casts it can be easy ...more
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
So when I finished Palace Job I wasn’t particularly impressed with it. After saying as much in my review I was assured by one of my friends that the second book was better and I should continue on with the series. I filed it away, not really a priority, but when I saw the books were on sale I decided to pick up the second one and give it a shot. On a whim I picked up the third as well figuring I could handle the loss if I ended up not liking the second book either. Now, after finishing Prophecy Con, I’ ...more
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Everything that I loved about the first book is back in this second one. I cant say enough good things about the wit and banter between these characters, its full of awesome one-liners and has a good mix of some pretty incredible action set pieces as well! I love, loved it! Weekes has fleshed his characters out so well you immediately connect with them! They are full of personality, charm, and quirks and I cant help but wish I was right along side of them - even when they are in the most dire of ...more
Alaina
I love this gang. They are so much fun and entertaining that I don't even realize the book is over until the audio stops playing.

The Prophecy Con is the second installment to the Rogues of the Republic series. In it, you will still met Loch and her gang. They have a new heist mission (aka it's like Ocean 12 right now), in which they have to steal a book. This whole thing falls heavy on their shoulders.. because if they fail - a war will happen.

We also meet the Princess of the Empire, and ugh, she j/>The
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Kuroi
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ASDGFHJKL. I have no words for the absolute delight that is this book.



There is a lot that is good about the Prophecy Con. And - this is going to sound tangential, but bear with me - it reminds of the new Barbie doll line in the way it finally, finally, embraces diversity of all kinds. So I thought I'd review it like the launch of a new doll line. Well, basically I copied the description from the Barbie site and changed a few words, so all c
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Lynn Williams
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved The Prophecy Con - I started off wondering how it would fair against The Palace Job but I really needn't have worried as this book more than lived up to the promise of the first. In fact I think I might have enjoyed this story even more to be honest.

The story gets off to a pretty rapid start with Loch and Kail getting into trouble almost immediately. It seems that their short period of being seriously legit is coming to a crashing end. The Elven book that the Rogues stole in
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Eric
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, unfinished
I'm not sure what it was that this novel lacked that the first one had, but where I loved the first one, I just couldn't finish this one. Honestly, it could have had more to do with my state of mind than the novel itself.
Derek
Do you know what this increasingly reminds me of? The Disney version of _The Three Musketeers_. No, don't laugh. It has the same mix of serious problem, witty banter by engaging characters, interesting set pieces, well-drawn fight scenes, and sense that the reader/viewer should be having fun with all this. Situations may be unreasonable and possibly absurd, but not outright silly. The narration is witty, and the dialog is dry and darkly humorous.

Oh, and the Greek chorus puppet shows
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Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

I read the first book not long ago, and a lot of what I posted in my review at the time is valid again in here. The heist(s), with several levels of deception, double-crossing the opponent, thwarted plans, having to do with a situation turned for the worst... And with twists that aren't always planned by all members of the team, ending in somewhat hilarious moments that nicely counterbalance the overall "they'
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Christy
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You should definitely read Book 1 first to get the full background of Loch and her bizarre crew of eclectic characters, as well as an introduction into the high-fantasy world that this series takes place in. In the first book we see Loch and her crew breaking into a magic vault to retrieve her family treasure, with some things going awry on the journey, but now they have to steal a book of elf-porn to stop a war. Yes, you read that right!

This is comedic fantasy, witty, droll, occasionally laugh
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Johanna
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Are you kidding me?! Really?! I hate cliffhangers … luckily it is very obvious how this one will be resolved. That's the problem with twist at every turn, you learn to never believe what you read is actually happening. XD
Careful spoilers for book one in the series coming.
The Prophecy Con is the second book in Rogues of the Republic series. It's set a while after the end of book one. Loch has decided to follow her boyfriends suggestion to join the Justicar and she and Kail are on a di
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Krista D.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Your mother likes it when I read this book to her in bed.

Ok, this was a BLAST. I loved the Casino Royale with elves. I loved Dairy. I am in love with Diz. I'm on TeamDizzyKail. I love the Kail "your mother" jokes. I love Loch. I loved Tern's fangirling. I basically loved everyone and everything and it was awesome.

Go read this book.

Shoo.
Wendy
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
Another fun romp with the Rogues of the Republic. Perhaps not quite as good as the first, now that some of the jokes are a bit old and--oh who am I kidding. Kail's your mother jokes will never get old.
Andrés
The adventures of Loch and her friends continue in the second instalment of what is now called the 'Rogues of the Republic' saga.

Fresh off her deadly encounter with Archvoyant Silestin, Loch escorts a diplomatic mission to the Temple of Butterflies where they must assuage the Empire's fears over the firing of the Heaven's Spire. But when Imperial Princess Veiled Lightning traps Loch and Kail a ploy is revealed to surrender Loch to the Empire in order to prevent the breakout of anothe
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Jennifer
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
Loch and her gang are trying to prevent war between the Republic and the Empire. It all hinges on them being able to steal the same book from the first book in the series back from the elves, all while Loch is being hunted by the princess of the Empire, an elite force of Knights from the Republic, and demons possessed by her old enemy, Jyelle. Fun! Their adventures take them from train crash to high stakes gambling on an airship. This is just book 2 of a trilogy though, so in the end (view spoiler) ...more
Pili
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I was so excited to be approved on NetGalley to read all the books in the Rogues of the Republic series so far, and The Prophecy Con didn't disappoint at all!

It starts pretty soon after the ending of The Palace Job, and we see our characters back in the thick of the action, at least Loch and Kail, because after the events of the previous book the diplomatic relationships between Empire and Republic are quite tense. We learn about the changes (Loch as a Justicar) and we see how everyo
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Vinay Badri
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Patrick Weekes, how could you do this. You follow up what was one of the most awesome books of last year with an even better book. As witty, snarky and brilliant the last book was, this one turns the dial all the way up to 11. The team dynamics are as strong as ever though now with a few couples added in, its cuter as well.

Loch remains a fantastic character and the best part really has to the point that she leads the team and there is hardly any special attention called to it. Make no mistak
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Scott Dickinson
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: heist-books
Writing a lengthy book review is rare for me. Generally, I stick to the Tarzan style of review writing. You know, ‘Ummm, good! Me read again. 5 star!” And yet, this particular book deserves more, especially since I pre-ordered it back in July!

First, the positives. Characters you love. Snappy dialogue, humor, horror, pain, tears, action and angst, all the things that make fantasy fantasy. Books with those characteristics make me go out and seek all that an author has written. I love the book, it
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Drew Doll
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, I loved, loved, loved this book!



It was one of those books that I did not want to end; one of those books where you slow down as you get closer to the end. The dialogue is snarky, witty, sparking and very real. The action is intense and never drags, the complications and solutions are believable in the world created (no Deux ex Machina).





But none of that captures the shear joy of reading this book.
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Kushnuma
I received an e-book copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Prophecy Con is book 2 in the series.

I wasn't expecting too much from this book but it surprised me. I liked the humour and there were many twists in the plot that I wasn't expecting, especially towards the end. Overall, a great book.
Scott
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining follow up novel that I felt had a much tighter, driven story than the first installment.

The best of this series so far has been the characters and the humor. Fast reads that are pretty enjoyable.

Will be continuing with it at some point in the future if only to see how Kail works in more mother jokes
Danya
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe more of a 3.5? Not totally sure yet.
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