Wild Card (Etudes in C# Book 1) by Jamie Wyman : Addictive

It was bad enough working a dead-end tech support job, but for Catherine Sharp, the real hell is being owned by Eris, the Greek Goddess of Discord. Since that fateful day almost 10 years ago, Cat has performed random tasks–most of them quasi-legal–for the goddess in her free time in hopes that she’ll earn her soul back.

When Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem’s weekly poker game, Cat decides to get in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat will need to find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her soul.

Marius, a snarky satyr with his own debt to Eris, might finally come in handy for something. If they play their cards right and work together, Cat and Marius may just get their freedom back. Assuming they don’t kill each other first.

Every once in a while you come across a novel that just is perfect. This is one of them and I’m slapping myself for not having read it sooner.

“Wild Card” was more than engaging. The characters and the story were downright addictive. Why? The answer is the amazing characterization that the author puts in the novel. Catherine Sharp is smart, funny, flawed, but ultimately brave, willing to fight for her soul. The writing develops that, never telling you who Catherine is but showing her character in every word spoken, every action taken. And it’s not only Catherine. Marius is equally compelling, beginning as a snarky sidekick but with depths that soon rise to the surface. Every character is interesting, even the minor ones and the plot is as good as the characters.

I love urban fantasy and I adore the way that Jamie Wyman blends that with the world of the Gods, different mythologies swimming together and a take on the trickster gods that is absorbing but more importantly realistic and new, a breath of fresh air in the midst of vampires, werewolves and the like.

If you love mythology, if you like chaos and luck, if you love urban fantasy, I can’t recommend this series higher. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and more from a fantastic author.

Rating: 5 out of 5 coins.

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