Review Rewind: The Last Sun by KD Edwards #ScionsofAtlantis #TeamTower

The Last sunToday’s post is a blast from the past.  I’m taking part in an event focused on the release of The Hanged Man by KD Edwards and as part of that I thought it would be a good idea to dig out my review for the first book in the series (The Last Sun – which is fantastic – if you want the TL:DR version).  So, without further ado here is my original post, slightly revamped, still gushing rather a lot, for which I have no regrets, and shamelessly and unapologetically typing to tempt you to pick up this series before the 2nd book is released.  You know you want to.

The Last Sun was a blast of a novel, refreshingly different and downright more reading fun than I had any expectations of when I picked it up.  For a debut novel, wow, I confess myself truly impressed.

I would start out the review by saying this book will probably steam roller you – obviously this is intended as a positive!  It’s crammed to the rafters with action and it’s written very much with the expectation that readers will hit the ground running.  There’s no hand-holding, the world building develops as the story unfolds and the action is intense, so be prepared to just dive on board and hold on tight.  This book is like the white water rapids of urban fantasy.

The story begins in an almost James Bond/Mission Impossible style fashion with a dramatic opening in which we encounter Rune Saint John as he takes part in his latest derring-do.  It’s a great way to start a story and certainly serves to hook you from the get go as well as introduce you to two of the main characters.  Rune and Brand.  It’s pretty easy from hereon-in to conclude that Rune and Brand are available for hire – they quite often work for a powerful character known as The Tower.  I guess they’re mercenaries of a sort and their latest job involves a mystery surrounding a missing person from one of the more influential families.

The world building is, to be honest, a little on the light side, but being the first in series this is something that will undoubtedly develop in future instalments and in fact it’s one of the things I really enjoy about urban fantasy series – the way each successive book adds layers until you’re so deeply wrapped up in the characters and the world that each new instalment is like revisiting a favourite friend.

The setting is New Atlantis – A city on an island – built after the destruction of Atlantis itself.  Here all sorts of supernatural types live alongside each other.  The noble families seem to be named for the Major Arcana of a tarot deck – Sun, Tower, Hermit, Judgement, etc.  Magic is wielded through the use of items, powered by sigils that can be ‘charged’ and worn – for example rings.  It’s a really interesting magical system although I don’t feel I’ve got a good enough handle to discuss it in depth just yet – again, this is something I anticipate learning a lot more about in future books.

To be honest what really sold this story to me was the characters.  There is Rune.  His past is dark and dreadful and you will hear more of his suffering as the story progresses.  It helps to get a handle on what he’s been through and also gives added impetus as to why Brand, who is a companion and bodyguard who shares a special bond, is so protective of him.  The relationship between Rune and Brand goes back many years, and Brand can be almost a little too overprotective at times.  The surrounding cast is made up of a young man named Max – who Rune has unwittingly taken as a ward and Addam – but I won’t elaborate because this will possibly lead to spoilers.  I just loved the characters in this story and really can’t wait to pick up The Hanged Man to see what the author has in store for them next.

The writing is very well balanced with snarky banter and slow reveals helping to lift the story and prevent it becoming too bogged down with action.  In fact I think my only real quibble here was perhaps that there is a little too much action and it becomes almost overwhelming to the point that I wanted to yell at the author to give these characters a break!  But, this wasn’t a deal breaker and I can completely understand the author’s desire to make this into a whirling dervish of a story. – something he really succeeded at with a fair amount of style and panache.  This is a highly creative world packed with imagination, strange creatures, ghosts, zombies, dark magic and more.

Without doubt I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to delve into this world again.  I hope to learn more of the mysteries behind the downfall of Rune’s family, the political background of which has been hinted at within this first instalment.

I have no hesitation in recommending The Last Sun.  A fascinating world full of intrigue and machinations, a wonderful cast of characters that are just easy to become attached to.  A thrilling plot that takes a dark turn and just a wonderful start to a very promising series.  I can’t wait for more.

I received a copy courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

Scions of Atlantis – I salute you #ScionsOfAtlantis

So, today’s post is dedicated to an event that I’m taking part in and wanted to share with you all.  Basically, the nature of this event is to share the book love for a series known as the  Tarot Sequence, by KD Edwards.  I absolutely loved the first book in the series, The Last Sun, and can’t wait to read the sequel The Hanged Man which is due out on 17th December.

Why am I taking part in this.  Well, I had a great time reading The Last Sun and, selfishly, I want everyone else to read it too so they can discuss it with me!  On a serious note, I love to help spread the word about a good book and events like this are a two way street.  They allow me to connect with others at the same time as helping others to connect with the book and the author. Simples.

The nature of the event and the details can all be found here  and here – and believe me these two are much better explanations than I could have come up with.  If you want to take part (and of course you really do because people – there are quests – yes, actual QUESTS), well, it’s never too late – unless it really is too late and the event is over – don’t leave it THAT late.  And, if you do want to take part – well I strongly suggest you join Team Tower – which is my team – I just love company.  And, I’m using my Jedi mind tricks on you right now – *the others are not the teams you want to join”.  Failing that I will give you some serious stink eye – and nobody wants thatpug gives you the stink eye gif

Of course, if you don’t want to join a team and prefer to watch from the sidelines that’s all good too.  If you like to follow Twitter we’re using #ScionsOfAtlantis.

I’m not a tarot aficionado but here’s a little about the Tower (aka ‘the best team’ ahem, just saying):

The Tower

The Tower is the 16th trump or Major Arcana card.  It’s meaning is all tied up with fire, lightning and destruction which really doesn’t sound very positive – but, before you run for the hills – it’s a card that also represents change.  Change can be scary but it can also lead to positive things.  Maybe I’ve shortened that a little bit but I didn’t want anybody having nightmares (kidding of course).

And here are the books.  Because we’re all about the books after all (wouldn’t want your tbr to become manageable or anything outrageous like that):

The Last Sun (for which I will be revamping and reposting my review soon):

The Last sun.jpgRune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment’s missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.

With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam’s relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune’s Court.

In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family’s death and the torments of his past?

The Hanged Man:

TheHangedMan.jpgThe last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own past.

The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck.

Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man.

Rune’s resistance will take him to the island’s dankest corners, including a red light district made of moored ghost ships; a surreal skyscraper farm; and the floor of the ruling Convocation, where a gathering of Arcana will change Rune’s life forever.

Finally, a little introduction to my other Tower Team members (queue drum roll):

Abi Walton: Twitter – Alex W: Twitter – Geth: Twitter Me: Twitter – Megan Dawn: Twitter Sara: Twitter – Joy: Tumblr – Kat: Twitter – Jude: Twitter– Tam: Twitter – Para: Twitter  Kristen: Twitter 

That’s about it for now.  Look out for future posts folks 😀

Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence #2) by K.D. Edwards #ScionsOfAtlantis

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  

This week I’m doing something slightly different.  I’m still outlining a book that I can’t wait for but, I have already used this particular book for a previous CWW post.  So, why you may ask am I using it again.  A few reasons.  Firstly I simply loved The Last Sun and so as the date for The Hanged Man approaches I am becoming a big mess of happy anticipation.  (2) The original publication date was revised – that’s not a criticism – I simply figured a little reminder about both this and the first book in the series couldn’t hurt and finally, I’m taking part in an incredibly fun event which you can read all about here.  The TL:DR version is this event is all about spreading the word about great books and having fun whilst doing so.

the hanged manThe last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own past.

The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck.

Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man.

Rune’s resistance will take him to the island’s dankest corners, including a red light district made of moored ghost ships; the residence of Lady Death; and the floor of the ruling Convocation, where a gathering of Arcana will change Rune’s life forever.

Publication date : December 17th 2019