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The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams
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A very strange Fantasy novel with cryptic religious elements. The plot involves the attempts by a few characters to get control of the original set of tarot cards from which all other decks are copied. With the original deck the user cannot manipulate the future rather than just foretell it, also each suit bestows a degree of control over one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. The description sounds like the plot of a classic quest fantasy, but in execution it is more like an Edwardian English parlor room novel.

Charles Williams was a colleague of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, but his fiction never achieved the popular recognition of the later two writers. Williams includes Christian messages in his fiction, but he hides it behind supernatural and occult references that many Christian readers may find distasteful. Still, any fan of eclectic pre-Tolkien Fantasy would be advised to give Williams a try.
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