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Friday, March 9, 2012

Game of Cages by Harry Connolly

Game of Cages (Twenty Palaces, #2)Game of Cages by Harry Connolly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two in the Twenty Palaces Society featuring Raymond Lilly.

From As a wealthy few gather to bid on a predator capable of destroying all life on earth, the sorcerers of the Twenty Palace Society mobilize to stop them. Caught up in the scramble is Ray Lilly, the lowest of the low in the society—an ex–car thief and the expendable assistant of a powerful sorcerer. Ray possesses exactly one spell to his name, along with a strong left hook. But when he arrives in the small town in the North Cascades where the bidding is to take place, the predator has escaped and the society’s most powerful enemies are desperate to recapture it. All Ray has to do is survive until help arrives.

My thoughts on this book are similar to book one: read a bit like an action movie, lots of running around in panic, people chasing the protagonists, attempted kidnappings, getting shot at and over coming impossible odds. And yet, I enjoyed it because the protagonist struggles with himself. Is he doing the right thing? Is this what he really wants to be doing? Is he actually helping the Twenty Palaces Society or is he causing more harm than good? Do the means justify the end? I like to see a main character who struggles with morality questions why doggedly trying to do the best he can under Not Very Nice circumstances.

Recommended if you've read Book 1: Child of Fire.

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