The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence #2) by K.D. Edwards #scionsofatlantis

TheHangedManThe Hanged Man took me back into the world of New Atlantis (my review of The Last Sun can be found here), a world populated with fantastic characters, intriguing politics and all manner and type of myths and monsters.  I love this world and the Hanged Man was a brilliant instalment.  Fast paced, packed with drama and action, it succeeded in making me love these characters even more, which is something I didn’t think was possible (as I was already smitten).

A quick spoiler warning. If you haven’t read the first book (The Last Sun) then you might want to stop reading this review as there may be spoilers contained within.  Also, I would advise you to read the first instalment and not to just dive in at The Hanged Man.

I love what the author has created.  New Atlantis is an absolutely fascinating world ruled by the Arcana, individuals who inspired the similarly named major arcana cards from a pack of tarot.  Magic is stored in sigils and can be released when needed and refueled and each of the Arcana have an ‘aspect’ that they can display at will – although caution is advised.  The main character, Rune, is the heir to the Sun Court. His court was destroyed many years ago and Rune himself was subjected to a terrible ordeal.  He is still trying to get to the bottom of what truly prompted the raid on his family and that plays into the plot as the story progresses.

Once again Edwards has created a fast paced and engrossing story.  Rune is determined to protect his new ward Max from an unsavoury and dangerous marriage alliance with the Hanged Man.  The whole agreement was settled upon prior to Rune’s involvement and there are established protocols that must be followed and that could be life threatening not only to Max but to Rune and those he loves.  Brand, Rune’s bonded companion and protector comes up with a solution to try and find a sneaky way to take a look at the Hanged Man’s undertakings which involves taking on a missing child investigation.  As it happens the child in question belongs to a family that used to be part of the Sun Court before it’s downfall.  Things quickly spiral out of control and time is of the essence if Rune is to help those he has sworn to protect.

This instalment is dark.  The Hanged Man is, well, let’s just say he’s not a nice chap.  And that’s a great under exaggeration – he’s absolutely heinous to be honest.  You really wouldn’t want to be part of his court and a marriage with him would best be avoided at all costs.  He seems to have had a number of such arrangements in the past and very few of those he marries remain visible for long.

The plot, the writing and the world building are all wonderful but the absolute, without doubt, winning element of these stories, for me, is the characters.  There is such a depth of feeling and not just to Rune and Brand.  You feel genuine fear for them when they enter the fray and that is the sure sign of successful writing in my opinion.  I want to experience a range of feelings when I’m reading and Edwards certainly makes that desire a reality. Which isn’t to underplay the strength of the other elements at play.  This is an exciting world, a well thought out plot and it’s written with panache and flair but the characters are an emotive power-punch.  I love them and more than that I love the way this second instalment has added more layers and more characters, not to mention showing us some of the strengths of the other Arcana.  I adored Death and her ghostly steeds.

I highly recommend this series to lovers of urban fantasy.  It’s incredibly creative, the world is fascinating, I mean – the Green Docks – what a moment of sheer brilliance to create this place full of seedy goings-on and then to also pack it full of ships from the past, ships that went missing in mysterious circumstances.

It’s no secret that I love this style of fantasy but, I don’t think I’m overplaying this series or allowing my own personal bias to sway me.  This is the real deal and I only hope that the author has plenty more adventures in the pipeline, certainly the structure and addition of new characters show lots of promise for that to become a reality.  Treat yourself and jump on board with this exciting series.

I love it and sincerely thank the publisher for a review copy.  The above is my own opinion.

5 out of 5 stars

 

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

 

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

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 my book is : The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence #2) by K.D. Edwards.  I loved The Last Sun and can’t wait to read this one:

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.