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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1 by Levi Stack tells the story of Victor, an average serf boy, and Romulus, a boy who lives in the forest. Victor has recurring dreams about the 'Brass Art' in his city, graffiti of playing cards. Cards are outlawed; owning one is punished with death, talking about them gets you in big trouble, too. When Victor sees that Romulus owns a special card, he becomes even more interested in the strange boy who lives in the forest and who seems to be able to bear more pain than others. Soon, the two boys become friends and try to find out the secret behind the cards. Why are they forbidden? Why does nobody want to talk about them? And why do people turn up dead once the Leopard finds out that there still is one card out there? And is the old castle really haunted?
The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1 by Levi Stack is one of the best books I have read via Readers Favorite so far. When I saw that the book had over 450 pages, I hoped that it would be a really good story because good, long books by new authors seem to be a rarity these days, especially when it's book 1 of a series (books in series are usually short and often rather dull, or have little character development). I am very glad that I discovered Levi Stack's book. The main characters, and even most of the minor characters, are all unique, and very well developed. You care for them, and you really want to know what will happen to each of them, and what kind of part they play in the overall picture.
The plot of The Silent Deal moves along at a perfect pace. It is a long book, so you won't be able to finish it in just one sitting. It is the kind of book you enjoy coming back to at the end of a day or for a little break during the day. It is hard to put down because the story moves on in a way that makes you think that you should read just one more chapter to get one question answered - and then the next question or problem appears. I enjoyed reading this story a lot, and hope there will be more from this author in the future.