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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 0375897747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375897740
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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This is a fantastic novel from a very, very talented writer.
B. H. Whitehouse
Sadly, with so much setup for the background of the story, the actual plot felt rushed with most of the action being packed into the last hundred pages of the novel.
Miss Print
I like books that go outside the box, but I had so many unanswered questions as I read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on August 13, 2011
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Fifteen-year-old Cat is well acquainted with London's seamy underside--one perk of living across from a casino and on the same block as a strip joint. The tawdry Soho neighborhood doesn't bother her. Cat is used to moving around with her aunt/guardian Bel. She's used to blending into the background and being invisible. Neighborhoods don't change that.

But a mysterious game played out on the streets of London and in a strange world called the Arcanum can change everything. A chance encounter on the Tube draws Cat in the dangerous but alluring world of the Game of Triumphs where players use Tarot cards imbued with powers to compete for the ultimate triumph--fame, fortune, justice or something else entirely--it can all be yours with the turn of a card.

Cat doesn't play games and she doesn't believe in any of the Game's magic nonsense. But as Cat learns more about the Game she realizes this isn't the first time she encountered the Game. Playing can be deadly but with stakes so high surely the rewards are worth the risk in The Game of Triumps (2011)* by Laura Powell.

The Game of Triumphs draws heavily from Tarot cards for the symbolism behind the Game's cards and the nuances of their play within the Game. As someone with a passing interest Tarot and card games, I was immediately drawn to this book (the intriguing cover didn't hurt either). Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations.

Cat is a surly heroine, determined to go it alone even if that might be to her own detriment. Her reluctance to accept help or any kind of support got old very fast. Similarly her dismissive tones about Tarot and role playing games were irritating--particularly as her attitude persisted even as she drew deeper into the game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Becky in NOLA TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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In The Game of Triumphs, Cat, the main character, becomes involved in a card game that is more than a card game. The cards are magic with real life consequences, sort of Dungeons and Dragons meets Jumanji.

The author, Laura Powell, uses almost the entire book to set up and try to make the reader understand the game, the world of the Arcanum, the cards (which seem to be based on tarot cards), why the characters would even play, establish rules for the game, toss in a few "villians" to attempt to show the game as dangerous.

This really long set up comes at the expense of action, momentum, and energy. I got this book as an ARC, yet, it seems to have been published already with a second book also in print. I haven't read the second book, but I have a feeling that the second book would be the pay off for slogging through the first. At the end of The Game of Triumphs everything is (finally) in place for action and actual game playing for the four main YA characters. Then each one can address their reason for playing and actually *do* something.

As a stand alone book, which is how I must review The Game of Triumphs, it's a lot of set up with maybe the last fourth of the book actually having some action, and just as maybe something might happen BOOM, the book ends with all the promise of payoff being in the next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee VINE VOICE on August 21, 2011
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When I read the synopsis of The Game of Triumphs it sounded like a fantastic read, something that was wholly different...and, believe me, it was. The book immediately delves into the story/action in the first chapter, no back burner of getting to know the character first, which worked perfectly for this novel. Cat's journey begins when she notices a man breathing heavily, sweating, and pleading with no one in particular to help him in the subway. Cat, being a slightly untrusting teen, gives him no further thought, and continues on her way. But the man waylays her as she is making her way back to her grubby London apartment she shares with her Aunt Bel talking nonsense about cards, and people out to get him. He rushes away when he realizes Cat won't help and is only getting annoyed by his idiocy, but moments later a group of people come by, and Cat points the man's path out to them. However, Cat has second thoughts, and goes after the group trying to see if they really meant the man harm. Which is how Cat became a fool.

Cat never found the man, except his obituary in the newspaper the following week, but what she did find was a group of people known as the Kings and Queens of "the game" sitting around a poker table. Because the man involved her in the game, she is now a chancer or a fool, which is someone who can sit on the sidelines, and watch the game unfold, but never enter the game as a player. The game itself, is where people enter a second dimension, or a carbon copy of the real world, but varied by the cards the Knights are playing. These Knights are playing for triumphs, or these little round balls which, once thrown, will give them the power of the card they were seeking such as strength, fame, power, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. H. Whitehouse on December 8, 2011
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This is a fantastic novel from a very, very talented writer. It's pure fun and infinitely better than any of its Twighlighty, vampiry, yawn, yawn, snore competition...

If you don't like suspense, excitement, romance or cracking good prose, then I'm sure you can find plenty of other books on this wonderful website, but if you do, or if you are looking for a thoughtful but thrilling read to buy your relatives for Christmas, Laura Powell is where it's at!

Desperately needs to be made into a film/ T.V. series, it's just SO visually rich and imaginative!
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