Game of Cages (Twenty Palaces #2)
A SECRET HIGH-STAKES AUCTION
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, alon
Second in the “Twenty Palaces” trilogy by Harry Connolly, Game of ...more
Game of Cages, the second installment in the Twenty Palaces series by Harry Connolly, returns to the story of ex-convict Ray Lilly months after the events detailed in book one, Child of Fire (see our review here). When a group of wealthy individuals gather to bid on a predator capable of destroying all life on earth, the sorcerers of the Twenty Palaces Society mobilize, and, as assistant to one of the sorcerers, Ray is caught in the scramble. Sent to inves ...more
Connolly yanks me in right from the start for a story that crosses horror with detective work with amateur black ops. Ray's dilemma of how to keep secrets that are spilling out right and left felt quite real---I do enjoy it when an author gives us these seemingly impossible problems and then slips in the solution. Only, in Game of Cages, the solutions are much more the t ...more
I love his vulnerability, his mistakes that come out of sheer ignorance. I really liked how he reacts like a normal person. He is afraid most of the time, gets mad at things I ...more
Ugh. Really? That's all I wrote? /sigh
Well, that was singularly unhelpful as a refresher for this review.
The "problem" is that I could say the exact same things about book two. The author d ...more
As to be expected, the situation quickly escalates and Ray becomes a one man rescuer once again. Someone has to save the town from the sap ...more
There is so much death and dismemberment in almost each ...more
The beginning was strong: new mission, new partner, a bit of rescue from the humdrum. Unfortunately the premise is similar despite the attempt to change it up. Instead of knowing a predator is loose in a small town, this time Ray and Catherine are just in the area to investigate. Of course t ...more
Started out well; a new partner, a little more information on the mysterious 'Twenty Palaces' seemed to be forthcoming but apart from a trickle of never re-addressed tidbits, it ended up being the same-old same-old.
Story once again restricted to a single town, all powerful sorcerers coming in and disappearing in a puff of unexplained smoke, no real purpose for him being there but Ray Lily ends up having to take on the big bad all by himself for no other real reason then he ...more
I feel like the second book in a series needs to build on the first one, but we basically just get more of the same. We don't even get to see the relationship between Ray and his new boss, Annalise, evolve since for some reason he's now partnered with someone new.
This book was a huge letdown for me and I'm not sure I'll pick up the next book at all.
(view spoiler)[The only light I had left was the day ...more
Game of Cages, the second installment in the Twenty Palaces series by Harry Connolly, returns to the story of ex-convict Ray Lilly months after the events detailed in book one, Child of Fire (see our review here). When a group of wealthy individuals gather to bid on a predator capable of destroying all life on earth, the sorcerers of the Twenty Palaces Society mobilize, and, as assistant to one of the sorcerers, Ray is caught in the scramble. Sent to inve ...more
Ray Lily is out of jail and eking out a living working at a grocery store and living in an apartment above his aunt's house. Things are going pretty well for him, but he misses the action that the Twenty Palaces Society brought to his l ...more
This book really isn't too different from the first installment. Same world, same type of plot, similar challenges and resolutions. It was good, enjoyable, just as the Child of Fire, but... there was nothing new, and this subtracted very much from the book's overall value to me.
There's very little new information about the world the series is playing in. There were som ...more
Another great entry in this series. I found the plot to be just as good, if not better than the first one. A predator who was recently sold on the auction block has escaped and it’s up to an investigator named Catherine, who was only in town to report on the auction, and Ray, who was only around to assist her, to find and stop it as the cavalry doesn’t seem to be coming. Unfortunately, all of the people who were bidding on it are after it as well, only they don’t want to stop it but wa ...more
Sure, as many other reviewers already mentioned, the setting seems to be the same, i.e. a small town threatened by Evil (tm). However, I do not see this as a problem. In the first novel the plot revolved more around the seedy and sometimes really nasty secrets lurking behind the facade of an all American ...more
That is by no means a reason not to read these.
While it is a second in the series, you don't have to read the first one to completely enjoy this one. I love that in a series, the books have a lose background together (so far) and if you happen ...more
Game of Cages picks up awhile after Child of Fire, the first book, ends. We see Ray limping through a mundane life between missions for the Twenty Palaces Society. He's clearly scarred by the events of the first book, which I loved. This is a series where the characters make hard choices and then suffer for them. There are no easy outs or deus ex machina to save the day.
The book begins with another representative of the Twenty Palaces besides Annalise. She's an investigator, ...more
Ray is a Wooden Man, a magically protected servant of a sorceror who, after the first book, Child of Fire, was sure he was going to end up in jail due to the crimes he had to commit in the name of "protection."
But the Twenty Palaces society is not done with him yet. Catherine takes him to the small ...more
Game of Cages is a wonderful sequel to the first book in the series. No ...more
It's a perfectly good urban fantasy story. Somewhat gritty, supernatural elements interacting with regular society, a likable protagonist that's gruff and kind of a bastard.. But somehow, the world doesn't necessarily come together for me. The magic system seems weak, and not very well fleshed out- a serious problem for the second book in a series. The magical world itself also seems somewhat vague; the existence and structure of different grou ...more
It's wearying, drudgery, and a shame because this world had such potential. What it's lacking in these volumes is growth and development. I know there's always a sense of "avoid special s ...more