Review of Game of Cages by Harry Connolly

With Game of Cages, the sequel to the debut Twenty Palaces novel Child of Fire, Harry Connolly has not only avoided the sophomore slump, but exceeded even my high expectations for this story. The book, which continues the adventures of Ray Lilly, a “wooden man” working for a mysterious organization of sorcerers, is even better than its “Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2009″ predecessor. As with Child of Fire, the plot moves forward at a brisk pace and the world is populated with interesting characters spouting crisp dialogue.

Where the sequel surpasses the first book is in the fleshing out of both the main character and the world in which he lives. Connolly gives us just enough information about the Twenty Palaces Society, the Empty Spaces, and the way magic works to keep the reader wanting more. It’s a great read that raises my anticipation level for the third book even higher than it was for this one.

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~ by christophervalin on October 9, 2010.

One Response to “Review of Game of Cages by Harry Connolly”

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