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Wild Card (Etudes in C# #1)

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It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.

But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have
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Published November 25th 2013 by Entangled Edge
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Anne
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I think Wild Card is a good start to (I'm assuming) a new urban fantasy series. I don't see any other books in the works, but that's never stopped an author before!

Cat is an extremely skilled computer tech who lost her soul to Eris in a game of poker.
The hows aren't explained till toward the end of the book, but it's not exactly what you think...
Since then, she's been the goddess of Discord's unpaid lacke
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Beth Cato
Aug 07, 2014 Beth Cato rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban, fantasy, ebook
I've read so much urban fantasy that I tend to be critical of it. It has to be really good and fresh to grip me. Wild Card did just that. Wyman uses the vivid backdrop of Las Vegas to depict an unusual face-off of the old trickster gods. Cat is a snarky red-head with a knack for computers, but her day job is interrupted by the whims of Eris, who owns her soul. When Cat finds that Eris has thrown Cat's soul into a card game match between trickster gods, all hell breaks loose. Literally. The gods ...more
Karen
Nov 02, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Okay, I need to preface this review by saying I tend to shy away from paranomals. However, the teaser was so intriguing - I had to snap up a copy from NetGalley.

Cat Sharp is so utterly familiar to me. Like her, I've always had an affinity for technology. I can't say I'm quite as gifted, but I know how she feels when she manages to bring a server back to life.

And Marius. *sigh* Oh Marius. I want to know everything about Marius. Please Ms. Wyman... give me more. I beg for many, many, many sequels.
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April
This was a very interesting book, it took a while for all the major pieces to come together. This is a new author, both to me and to the masses. I really enjoyed her story telling and she had a great concept. Loads of action and intrigue to go around.

She lost me a bit in the romance, cause there really wasn't much of anything there. Marius never gave me any love vibes, he was too concerned with his own well-being to ever really think of Cat. I did feel bad for his uh, situation, but not enough t
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Gabrielle Harbowy
Apr 30, 2014 Gabrielle Harbowy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-by-friends
WILD CARD is about Catherine Sharp, an IT professional in Las Vegas, whose soul belongs to Eris, Goddess of Discord. Cat learns that Eris has bet her soul in an all-deity poker game, and Cat finds herself in a race against the next hand to figure out a way to get her soul back for herself.

WILD CARD is one of those rare urban fantasy novels that isn’t about a girl in a love triangle with an angel and a demon, or about a paranormal detective or monster hunter...which means that in addition to bein
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Ambrosia
Dec 12, 2013 Ambrosia rated it liked it
(In the interest of full disclosure, I should state first that I count author Jamie Wyman as a friend, although geography and time constraints have sadly prevented us from becoming close. I was more than a little apprehensive, therefore, about reading her book; not that I thought her incapable of writing something good, but because I hate having to tell someone I genuinely like and respect that the project they've loved and labored over has serious problems and may well be stillborn. Tl;dr: this ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
WILD CARD makes perfect use of Las Vegas, turning the lights and the glamor of the Strip into a backdrop for battling gods, deadly monsters, and the battered and broken bit players just trying to break even. Both Cat and Marius have quite a bit of baggage, and knowing who you can trust in the city of sin is even more difficult with immortal agendas muddying the waters.

Both the strength and weakness of WILD CARD is how many unanticipated twists move the story. Some work beautifully, adding extra
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Ren
Dec 29, 2013 Ren rated it liked it
3 stars

Catherine Sharp is a technomancer (she can fix things, anything that connect to technology). She lose her soul to Eris, because a stupid act that she'd commit 8 years ago. When she think she will be free from the bitch goddess, turn that Eris wager her soul in a poker game. Not just an ordinary game, but a game between the gods of trick, mischief and mayhems. Cat, with the help of Marius, a satyr that cursed by Zeus so he can't feel any pleasure, try to collect a chip from gods that wager
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Denise Van plew
Nov 20, 2013 Denise Van plew rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a story that will take you spinning and racing because it is chalkfull of adventure and drama than look no further and try this out for size. This girl really had to stay on her toes or that might have been all she wrote lol. Boy she was in a pickle but that is what happens when you no longer own your soul and someone else does and you are at their beck and call. Cat just might get to make this her last job if it really is legit but seriously I wonder why she thought truth ...more
Patricia
Nov 08, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Looks like this is going to be a series and a rather good one at that! The book description drew me in but the author by far succeeded my expectation. This was a new twist for me. The Gods playing for a human soul that isn't what it appeared to be. It just goes to show that even the Gods who have all the power want more. This book had me laughing and at times eager to see what the next move is. This book was highly enjoyable with wonderfully descriptive characters and a new twist on a paranormal ...more
Paul Krueger
Aug 07, 2014 Paul Krueger rated it really liked it
In the interests of full disclosure, Ms. Wyman and I share an agent. But trust me: if I hadn't enjoyed the bajeezus out of this book, I wouldn't have been moved to write this review.

I cracked open (so to speak) my copy of Wild Card on a flight from LA to Chicago, and it was a perfect traveling companion. Perhaps the only shortcoming it had was that I read it so quickly that there was still a solid hour and a half left in my flight by the time I hit "The End."

Urban fantasy is my pet genre, and th
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Joy Whiteside
Nov 19, 2013 Joy Whiteside rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable read and I could not believe how quickly I finished it. It felt that I had no sooner sat down with it then I was finished.

The story moved along at a great pace, had loveable characters and a fantastic story as well.

I look forward to having the opportunity of reading more by Jamie Wyman in the future.
Habrewer
Jan 21, 2014 Habrewer rated it really liked it
Wild Card by Jamie Wyman
* I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

Catherine Sharp has had a run of bad luck and love which has led to her soul belonging to Eris, the Goddess of Discord. She may have a life but she is expected to be at Eris beck and call. When the Goddess offers her a chance to get her soul back, how can she refuse? She just never expected to be tested by all the players in the game.

Along with Marius she sets out to retrieve poke
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A.B.
Jan 07, 2016 A.B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
Set against the backdrop of Las Vegas, Cat's story intertwines a host of mythological stories and provides a plot line that makes the potentially catastrophic clash of personalities work.

Several of the characters are unexpected, their complexity has a lovely build-up and foreshadows good things to come (character wise). The inclusion of the varying number of trickster gods was lovely, and Jamie's take on them was a fun diversion from many of those I've seen before.

It's a story with a plot that's
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Tiffany
Jan 01, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
This review and more can be seen at http://gothicmoms.blogspot.com/

Truly one of the best non-vampire books ever!!! There's nothing like a good poker game to get the blood flowing, especially when what's at stake is your very own soul.

Catherine "Cat" Sharp is just your average run of the mill tech geek, or so it seems even to herself. What she never knew was that she is actually a technomage, able to communicate and control all electronics and machinery, a very powerful one. But, since her powers
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Ivy
Jul 05, 2015 Ivy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This urban fantasy about a tech support worker whose soul happens to be owned by Eris is a fun and exciting romp that fans of Buffy, Kim Harrison or Patricia Briggs will love. Gods, monsters and magic abounds and Cat Sharp, the main character, is smart, sarcastic and snarky. The problem Cat has is that as if being indentured to the Greek goddess of discord wasn't bad enough, Eris has wagered Cat's soul in a poker game with other trickster gods. Now Cat's knee-deep in gods trying to "test the war ...more
T.A. Moorman
Jan 06, 2014 T.A. Moorman rated it it was amazing
This review and more can be seen at http://gothicmoms.blogspot.com/

Truly one of the best non-vampire books ever!!! There's nothing like a good poker game to get the blood flowing, especially when what's at stake is your very own soul.

Catherine "Cat" Sharp is just your average run of the mill tech geek, or so it seems even to herself. What she never knew was that she is actually a technomage, able to communicate and control all electronics and machinery, a very powerful one. But, since her powers
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Carmen Pacheco
Dec 28, 2013 Carmen Pacheco rated it really liked it
What’s better than a Las Vegas setting? Hitting Sin City with this gal by your side! In an unusual (but eventually explained circumstance), Catherine is allowed into the world of the immortals. It seems she bargained with Eris, the goddess of strife, and lost her soul in the negotiations. Wild Card by Jamie Wyman bets on Cat (couldn’t resist!) to attend a huge bash at Caesar’s Palace summoned by the deity herself. If Cat cooperates, her servitude may be terminated. How can she pass it up? She ha ...more
Angie
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Wild Card was such a fun surprise! I loved the mix of all kinds of mythology (Greek, Norse, Hawaiian, etc), combined with the fae, along with humans with special abilities! And it's set in Las Vegas! Our heroine is Catherine Sharpe, a technician for the casinos on the Strip. She's also bound to the goddess of discord, and it's not a pleasant fact. But Eris has bet Cat's soul in a high stakes poker game. Cat wants to be free from the goddess, but when the other
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Andrew
Dec 06, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Fast and fun read. Love the characters and the integration of mythical concepts with modern day Las Vegas.

I spent the last several nights staying up too late reading Wild Card. I just didn't want to put it down.

Cat is an IT guru with a reputation for fixing things that others can't. It turns out there is more to her than meets the eye. For the last eight years, her life hasn't been her own, and now immortal beings of mythical proportions play with her soul like it is a poker chip on the
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Jasmyn
Nov 29, 2013 Jasmyn rated it really liked it
How would you like to have your soul used as a poker chip - a very expensive one - but still a poker chip. Catherine has managed to have her soul traded not once, but it looks like twice now, in a high stakes poker game of the gods. Now, it's not just Greek gods we're talking about here, although Eris does play a very large roll, but gods from across the pantheons. It was really cool watching the different dieties interact with Cat, Marius, and each other. Of course no one, except the gods, is r ...more
Cyrano
Jan 18, 2014 Cyrano rated it liked it
(Full disclosure--I am foaf of the author.)
I was a little dismayed when I opened the book and found out it would be the third 'character goes to Las Vegas and loses hir soul in a God-populated poker game' story I'd had on my plate in six months.

It was not a problem. If there were a second ranking system for 'first novels' this one would go to a four star on that. If you're a fan of the Butcher 'Dresden' books, or Murphy's 'Urban Shaman', I think you'll see some stylistic comparisons. The dialogu
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Yolanda Sfetsos
Dec 23, 2013 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
I picked this up for my Paperwhite last week and was very curious about the story. So I read it. ;)

Catherine's soul doesn't belong to her. It belongs to the conniving goddess, Eris. For the last eight years, Eris has been using Catherine whenever she needs her--without pay, and never showing any respect or decency. At least she's got a day job doing IT. She's a natural at working out why something doesn't work, and how to fix it.

However, the night Eris sends her on a 'date' to a fancy party with
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Jessie Johnson
Nov 26, 2013 Jessie Johnson rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked! I thought this book was gonna be boring because to tell you the truth the beginning was kinda humdrum and the satyr half man half goat well that kinda sounded yucky! Bahhh! Was I wrong! Catherine is a tech with a gift for connecting with all geeky stuff and that's a commodity that comes in handy when you live in Vegas. Poor Cat has had no luck since she declared her love,body and soul to her lover that in return sold Cats soul to a goddes for a debt racked up, now that same goddess h ...more
Stephanie F
Nov 25, 2013 Stephanie F rated it it was amazing
An exciting new urban fantasy novel.

Catherine's life has really sucked and lately it has just gotten worse. She works at a boring dead end job and has to perform random tasks for the Goddess Eris, who owns her soul.
The Gods like to play games with human souls and Cat's has just been wagered. Now she has to collect a series of chips to possibly win back her soul and her life but the game is far from fair.

I loved the world building, characters and unique take on mythology. The setting was perfect
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Claudia
Dec 12, 2013 Claudia rated it really liked it
This book was a roller coaster for me - not only because of the story but especially because I started not very enthusiastic, was swept away, was angry and not very excited, and loved the end.

the story is about Cat - a specialist for computers and Tech, who lost her soul to the goddess Eris and is now working for her release. Eris promise her freedom for one last task she has to fulfil together with Marius, a satyr, who is also working for Eris.

the story spans two to three days and there is so
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Ang L
Apr 28, 2015 Ang L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book… wow. Seriously, folks. This book is a spectacular, sexy, snarky spree through sleaze and skill. Or some other equally nifty alliteration, because Ms. Wyman has managed to grab my by my wrists, spin me around, and let go so my brain starts rattling around in my head like a pinball machine.

I have always been a fan of multi-deity pantheon fiction. This amazing book takes that to a whole new level, introducing multiple pantheons who not only exist, but interact with each other and own sou
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Gigi staub
Dec 02, 2013 Gigi staub rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.

But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem’s weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat needs
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Eva Millien
Nov 25, 2013 Eva Millien rated it it was amazing
This debut urban fantasy novel is a refreshing and unique take on magic and mythology, that involves gods in the in the glittering lights of Las Vegas.

Catherine Sharp’s life sucks, not only is she working at a dead end job, she’s stuck performing random task to the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris, who just happens to own her soul. When her soul is anted up in a poker game with five sneaky gods, Catherine must find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her life. She’s joined by Marius
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Julia
Nov 27, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, urban, arcs
WILD CARD makes perfect use of Las Vegas, turning the lights and the glamor of the Strip into a backdrop for battling gods, deadly monsters, and the battered and broken bit players just trying to break even. Both Cat and Marius have quite a bit of baggage, and knowing who you can trust in the city of sin is even more difficult with immortal agendas muddying the waters.

Both the strength and weakness of WILD CARD is how many unanticipated twists move the story. Some work beautifully, adding extra
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