Powell, Laura The Master of Misrule, 384 pgs. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. $16.99. Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG
In this sequel to Game of Triumphs, the Chancers are back and trying to figure out how to navigate the game now that their actions have resulted in unforeseen consequences. They had thought their final move was brave. It should have been the game changer that gave them the prizes they sought. It has now become quickly and painfully clear, however, that they must take control of this new reality they have unwittingly created. If they are outmaneuvered, it could mean the end of not only the game, but the end of everything.
This book does a lovely job of continuing the story begun in the first installment. The main characters become more clearly drawn as the reader is introduced to a more detailed explanation of their pasts and motivations. The game that is at the center of the story can be complex and hard to understand, but the ending ties up the many loose ends and concludes the adventure in a way that will leave the reader happy.
MS, HS—ADVISABLE, AEB Social Studies Teacher