Game of Cages (Twenty Palaces Series #2)

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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, along with a strong left hook. But when he arrives in the small town ...
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Overview

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, along with a strong left hook. But when he arrives in the small town in the North Cascades where the bidding is to take place, the predator has escaped and the society’s most powerful enemies are desperate to recapture it. All Ray has to do is survive until help arrives. But it may already be too late.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Connolly fulfills and sustains the promise of his 2009 rural noir debut, Child of Fire, with this thoughtful Lovecraftian sequel. Twenty Palace Society member Catherine Little, a lethal sorcerer committed to keeping supernatural entities and magic out of the possession of anyone but members of the society, contacts ex-convict Ray Lilly at his mundane supermarket job and recruits him to assist her with an emergency situation. Ray's actions are supposed to be limited to assisting his assigned peer, but an interdimensional predator has escaped and the society needs all the help it can get. Connolly doesn't shy away from tackling big philosophical issues--whether good ends justify evil means, how many civilian deaths can be justified in the pursuit of creatures that can destroy the world--amid gory action scenes and plenty of rapid-fire sardonic dialogue. (Sept.)
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"Ray Lilly is one of the most interesting characters I've read lately, and Harry Connolly's vision is amazing. I can hardly wait for the next one." --Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
 
“Connolly keeps you turning the pages and wanting more.”
—C. E. Murphy

“Cinematic and vivid, with a provocative glimpse into a larger world. Where’s the next one?”
—Terry Rossio, screenwriter, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy

“The action’s well written and the heroes are interesting and the magic’s cool. . . . [Recommended] to anyone who likes a good asskicker-of-the-fantastic read.”
—Kurt Busiek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345508904
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Twenty Palaces Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 508,281
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Connolly spent two years writing his first novel, Child of Fire. He has held a variety of jobs in the past, from customer service to landscaping to stay-at-home dad. He lives in Seattle.
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  • Posted September 23, 2010

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    Read the book in one sitting, what a great ride

    The first book in the series (Child of Fire) is absolutely terrific -- I hardly ever re-read books, but I've read this one three times now -- and I wholeheartedly recommend it. That said, this book is fairly self-contained and you could read it without ever reading the book before it. What I love about Harry Connolly's series is that there's plenty of magic, violence and chaos but none of it is treated lightly. Ray, who barely has any training but is absolutely committed to doing his best to stop the predators and their summoners, is far from perfect but his heart is in the right place. His on-the-job training is intense, to say the least. It's rare to find a good urban fantasy book that doesn't feature romance, but I don't find that a negative at all even though I'm also a fan of those that do. My only criticism of the book is that it's almost too fast-paced. Harry Connolly has created a world rich in detail and myth, and I would love to slow down just a touch to savor the exploration. I especially want to find out more about the Twenty Palaces Society and the forces they fight, and I hope the next book has a bit more Annalise in it. She and Ray are very different, but make a great combat team. I read the book in one sitting, putting it aside only long enough to eat. What a treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Excellent series

    I read voraciously. Huge fan of Geihman, Butcher, Pratchett, etc. This is some of the most interesting, addictive and well written fiction I have read recently. Strongly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Urban-fiction minus squishy romance

    A well done story and world where it doesn't hold your hand and instantly tell you and explain every little detail. Also presents a protagonist who is in situation where he doesn't understand nor is explained to everything that is going on. This feels more realistic since I find it difficult that other characters would be giving a new comer all the details of a secret world - that they work very hard to keep secret - before they know whether or not if he is going to survive the next two days or can be trusted. That and it doesn't do involve romance. If you want everything instantly explained and need a boy meets girl story, keep looking. If you are looking for a story that has a grey-world Dresdin Files like story, here ya go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    A very good series

    I've been a SciFi and Fantasy reader for over 40 years.
    This book is part of a very good, fast paced series that is different than others out there at this time (sorry girls, there's no one in it who's in love with a vampire or a werewolf). It has lots of action, good twists, and a well-thought story line. The problem is, if you like this series, you need to spread the word because the author is quitting it. So, pick up the first book (it's very cheap right now) and if you like it, tell your friends!

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Great series continues strong. The second book in the Twenty Pal

    Great series continues strong.
    The second book in the Twenty Palaces series delivers just like the first one (Child of Fire). The action doesn't dissapoint as we continue on Ray's journey into the world of magic and predators. A must read for sequel.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    I love this series. I read this book in one evening.

    I love this series. I read this book in one evening.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Great series

    Ray Lily is a guy who doesn't expect a lot of breaks but who finds the strength to stand up for himself when he needs to. Connolly writes a fast moving, tightly plotted adventure that stars smart people doing the best they can against very scary creatures. And with enough temptation to make everyone's motives sometimes waver. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Ray comes into his own

    I love this series. Ray works without a peer in most of this book and is very impressive throughout. I strongly recommend this book and the rest of the series ( including the ebook short stories). The ebooks are well done for those that are looking at them, the covers are embedded and the editing is excellent.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    Filled with non-stop gory action, readers will enjoy the bloody Game of Cages

    A few days before Christmas, Twenty Palaces' sorcerer Catherine Little asks former convict turned grocery clerk Ray Lilly to assist her with an emergency in Washaway. When he learns the details of the mission, Ray knows he is not the right person for the job, but no one survives refusing lethal Little. Apparently, a predatory alien was on the auction block, but escaped incarceration. Little wants it captured and taken away from these street peddlers or dead; and warns her assistant he is to assist her and no more or else face her deadly wrath.

    Neither Ray nor his leader expected the auction participants and staff will kill anyone using guns, magic or both who tries to catch the deadly alien or kill the beast. Meanwhile, the alien predator is devastating Washaway.

    The second Twenty Palace Society rural fantasy (see Child of Fire) is a great thought provoking yet action-packed noir as readers will ponder the use of drones in the Middle east killing the enemy and the innocent. Little is a fabulous character as collateral damage of the innocent does not faze her with her bottom line mission accomplished as all that matters. People die in combat is her philosophy. Ironically Lilly is the ex convict with a conscience while Little is a societal elitist with an amoral value system. The auction crowd beliefs align with Little though she is their adversary. Filled with non-stop gory action, readers will enjoy the bloody Game of Cages.

    Harriet Klausner

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