My name is Raine Benares. I'm a seeker, a finder of things lost and people missing. I've never had to do both in one day, or had this many lives at stake--including mine.
The search for a missing ring leads me to the abduction of eight magically gifted children. Their souls were stolen while they slept, and unless I find those souls by sunrise, their bodies will die.
Both cases have one thing in common--they're linked to a goblin secret society high-stakes poker game, whose members are practitioners of the blackest of black magic. As a seeker, I can track those captured children's souls, but to spring them will take magic I haven't got.
That's where Tamnais Nathrach comes in. He's the seductive embodiment of sin itself. He's also a goblin dark mage with an even darker past, the owner of the city's most notorious casino--and the only person with magic enough to reach the kids in time.
Why are the most dangerous predators the most beautiful?
The stakes are high; the odds of success are low. And I'm betting with my life--a life I'll have to trust to a darkly tempting goblin mage I just met.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wild Card gives you a winning hand. Raine Benares is an elf mage with just enough magic to make a living as a seeker, a finder of missing people or things. She takes a job to find heirloom jewels stolen from a goblin noblewoman by her husband; an evil nachtmagnus with a gambling problem. This task is dangerous on its own, but as is often the case, complications arise. The story is a prequel to the Raine Benares series. It gives fans of Ms. Shearin's series additional details favorite characters, but also provides a good introduction to the series for those who are new to her works. The story is fast paced, full of action, and amusing. It can be enjoyed by both men and women.
After reading and liking her SPI Files series, I thought I’d give Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series a try. I started with the audio of "Wild Card", a prequel story to the series. "Wild Card" is a quick adventure story about Raine, her criminal cousin Phaelan, and a seductively handsome goblin mage, Tamnais Nathrach, saving the souls of children being used as chips in a high-stakes poker game. This story gives me a little background about Raine and her family as well as the world she inhabits. Rating: 4 Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.