The Game of Triumphs by Laura Powell

The Game of Triumphs

byLaura Powell

Kobo ebook | August 9, 2011

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**"Tarot comes alive in this cleverly conceived thriller that delivers action, humor, and mystery in spades." —**The Bulletin

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. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.

Title:The Game of TriumphsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375897747

ISBN - 13:9780375897740


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of boring The Game of Triumphs was an impulse buy for me when I saw it, as the cover is lovely and the synopsis sounded amazing. I mean, a card game being played in real life with dangerous consequences? Sign me up! Unfortunately, this enthusiasm did not last long. The book spends forever (200+ pages) basically just explaining the game, and was just a lot of Cat going back and forth between calling role-playing games stupid and wanting to find out more about it. The action does start after this, but then it ends abruptly, and makes it appear that this book had only the purpose of setting the stage for the sequel, which I have not read, nor do I really plan to. There is also the promise of danger that comes with the game, yet personally I can not see where any of the characters came into any real danger, besides that Cat figures out a secret regarding her past. I also had a problem with Cat. She is not a fleshed out character. She is merely a teen who is bored all the time and is suddenly drawn into an adventure which she can not even admit that she is showing an interest in until half way through the book. These are just my opinions though, and perhaps some of the things that caused me to dislike the book are things that you may like in a book. My advice is to at least give the book a try, and maybe the second book is worth the 200 pages of practically no plot.
Date published: 2017-09-02