The last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own tortured 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.
K.D. Edwards is the author of The Last Sun, book one of the Tarot Sequence. He lives and writes in North Carolina, but has spent time in Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, New Hampshire, Montana, and Washington State. (Common theme until NC: Snow. So, so much snow.) Mercifully short careers in food service, interactive television, corporate banking, retail management, and bariatric furniture have led to a much less short career in higher education, currently for the University of North Carolina System.
The Hanged Man 4.8 out of 5based on
4 months ago
I am not normally a huge fan of Urban Fantasy, but this really hits the mark!
5 months ago
This book…this book. Upon finishing the book my first and only thought was, WOW. I was completely blown away and I honestly do not think readers could have asked for a better sequel to KD Edwards’s debut novel The Last Sun. All the things that made readers fall in love with The Last Sun are present in this follow up, but kicked up to another level. After reading it’s predecessor back in August, The Hanged Man was by far one of my most anticipated reads for 2019 and it certainly did not disappoint.
The established characters continue to bring depth and complexity and readers will get to see a different side to many of these characters as they grow throughout the novel. As for the new characters, KD does such wonderful introducing them and getting them to fit in with the colorful cast readers know and love. Anna and Corinne and Lady Death in particular added some strong females to the cast that The Last Sun was admittedly missing. Aside from the new villain, the other notable character added to the series is Corbie. Maybe it’s because I’ve worked in an elementary school for three years, but Corbie immediately stole my heart. He reminds me so much of the kindergarteners I work with and he just puts a smile on my face.
In terms of a villain, I didn’t think it could get any worse than the Rurik/Ashton combo from The Last Sun, but oh how wrong I was. The Hanged Man is a truly despicable character who turns my stomach in a way that few characters have.
The plot of The Hanged Man also makes it stand out as a fantastic novel. The plot of this novel revolves around Rune trying to protect his teenage ward, Max, from a marriage claim by The Hanged Man. The plot of the novel is fast paced and filled with highs and lows that leave readers on an emotional roller coaster that they’ll enjoy every minute of. The stakes are higher and readers will find themselves unable to put this book down until the very last page is turned.
KD’s writing is so fantastic and I truly appreciate how he doesn’t shy away from discussing of the more difficult subjects the characters are forced to deal with in this book. I also love how he’s able to make readers feel so many emotions with just a few words or a description. His writing does so much to allow readers to relate to and feel for these amazing characters. It’s clear from both of his books so far that KD has put a lot of time and effort into crafting this amazing story and I’m so excited to read more!
5 months ago
The second volume in Edwards' Tarot Sequence is just as much fun as the first. Really cool magic, fantastic world-building, exciting action scenes, terrifying monsters, traumatized ghosts, and a truly frightening villain. The *only* reason I am not giving it five stars is due to the number of typographical and formatting errors; fix those, and it will be perfect. I can't wait for the next book! Highly recommended. -- lyradora
5 months ago
The main characters all have believable flaws and emotional interactions. The book is well written and well paced. Both this book and the first in the series (The Last Sun) follow an interesting narrative structure, with peaks building to climaxes, then moving into another gear to finish the story off strong. I immediately wanted more when I finished the book.
5 months ago
There are so many unique aspects to this story, I don't know where to start. I think the main thing is that you're going to like these characters and become very involved in their story. You're going to care about them and want to know what happens next. The author has built a wonderful world with a well thought out magic system with an interesting culture and social order. The storyline is well-written, the plot is interesting, believable, and as satisfying as your favorite full-course meal. But in the end, it's the characters, their facets and flaws and their relationships to one another that will suck you in and keep you reading long past the point when you should have gone to bed.
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