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The Game of Triumphs by Laura Powell

Saturday, December 17, 2011
At an exclusive Soho party one rainy night, Cat stumbles into an ancient and dangerous game of fortune. A mysterious quartet of game masters deal out challenges—moves that unfold in the Arcanum, a dream-scape version of our world. Success can earn players fame, fortune, inspiration. Failure can be deadly.

At first Cat is skeptical, but undeniably curious. And when a journey into the Arcanum reveals a shocking glimpse of her family's past, Cat begins to understand what drives people to play. Sometimes it's greed or longing—other times desperation. She must know more.

Right now, the game masters hold all the cards. But Cat finds others like herself on the fringes of the game. And together an unlikely group of chancers hope to change the rules in their favor.

In the Game of Triumphs, the risks are high, but the rewards may just be worth dying for. . . .

Goodreads Summary

The plot of this book is very innovative.  The book is centered around The Game, a game where players compete with each other utilizing Tarot cards.  The prize is worth what it takes to compete, even when the cost seems very high.  A reader who does not know much about cards or Tarot cards need not worry, the author does a terrific job of carefully explaining The Game with all of its complications.

The world of Arcanum is a fascinating place.  The author readies the reader for entry into this world for about 3/4 of the book.  No detail is spared, the reader will be able to picture Arcanum and its goings on easily.  The characters are fun to get to know.  Flora is interesting, more genial than the other characters; Toby is a bit of a nerd, he can be annoying with his "knowledge"; Cat is tough and brave; Fabian has a memorable name as well as a large brain; Blaine is a little more dynamic than the other characters. 

The events were interesting, the world was unique, and the characters were nice to read about.  The Game is very easy to understand, the authors' explanation is better than excellent.  This book is perfect for the middle grade/teen reader.  A sequel will be coming soon, watch for it!

4 Stars

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