Title: The Hanged Man
Author: K.D. Edwards
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism
Series: The Tarot Sequence
Purchase: Indigo (Affiliate Link)
The 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.
How much do I love this book? Well, I read it first in August, and I’ve read it twice since then so that’s a thing.
This plot is a little more fast moving then the previous book, but does not veer into the territory of too much action, thankfully. Rather it is just enough movement, just enough horror, just enough angsty and some humour thrown in for good measure.
There are unhappy movements happening when it comes to certain Atlantians but Rune has it well in hand…or he thinks he does.
There a good sweep of good versus evil in this book which I can get behind.
I really, truly appreciate the development of all the characters within this book.
We learn more about Rune and how he deals (or doesn’t deal with things), in this book, and god, I love him. He’s a star.
The relationship he maintains with Brand is still one of the best things about the book, as is his growing feelings and relationship with Addam.
I love Max. I love Quinn. There’s just some great characters in here, and each of them have their own strengths and flaws.
I got this book for free from my library. I then bought a copy of this book and the first in the series for myself, and another couple for a friend of mine. That is how much I love it.