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.
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“Rune, trust me, there are a hundred fucking things you should feel guilty about. I’ll make a list. But this isn’t one of them. You want to feel something? Feel good that you’re in a position to help these people now. Feel good that helping them may help us.”
I haven’t been so excited to get a book in a while. The Last Sun was one of my favourite reads of the year, so The Hanged Man was high on my priority list. It didn’t disappoint, and was everything I wanted and so much more. I adored every minute of the book and didn’t want to set it down.
The Hanged Man picks up a few months after the end of The Last Sun, and the Hanged Man is making advances at Rune’s underage ward, Max. Because The Hanged Man is a very, very bad man. And creepy as hell. And oh my this book is so good because I never, ever want to live in a world where The Hanged Man exists, but I sure like to read about it. The goal is to make The Hanged Man back off, because Rune protects what is his.
The main character is absolutely the best. Lord Rune Saint John’s journey through the book isn’t one I’m likely to forget anytime soon. Rune went through a lot of shit in the previous book, reliving past traumas and such. But this time, he has something even more powerful to go through: the realization that he isn’t alone, that he has people who love and care for him, and his court isn’t completely gone, he still has people he has to take care of as Lord Sun. His reactions to both of these pieces of “news” is just.. killer. K.D. Edwards, destroyer of hearts everywhere.
Plus there is all the side characters who are also the best. Brand is his best friend, his protector, his safety. Brand is always there for Rune, even when Rune doesn’t want him to be. Which isn’t often. The interactions between these two are always fantastic: funny, heartbreaking, cute, aggravating. They aren’t afraid to hug it out when they need it, even if they do sometimes want to punch each other, too. Then there is Addam, Rune’s boyfriend, and the carryover of the story between these two from book one to book two… They are absolutely perfect for each other. Rune has some intimacy issues, and Addam completely understands and is willing to work with him on overcoming those issues. Every moment they had together in the book, I hoarded away in my heart and craved more of when it was over.
“You didn’t answer my question.”
“It’s like you’re not even worried I’m about to hit you,” Brand said.
And then their wards, those they already had and those they found in the course of the book. You would think a bunch of men having to look after a bunch of teenagers would be aggravating, but it was one of the many best parts of the book (hint: all the parts were the best part of the book). Quinn is mine to love, and Max is finding his home with the Saint Johns. They are the best of friends, even if they get on each others nerves constantly. And they want to help. Well, and Max wants to run away because he doesn’t want to be a burden, but settles on trying to help. Which. Breaks. My. Heart. The problem with wanting to help is that they don’t really have the experience necessary, and they don’t consult with Rune and Brand…which leads to Shenanigans.
Many Shenanigans. Fueled by a prophet who means well but..doesn’t really understand consequences as they pertain to him. …He’s mine and you can’t have him.
Brand had ordered Max and Quinn into Quinn’s bedroom. They’d argued they weren’t children. Brand went into the kitchen, grabbed a handful of dry rice, and threw it onto Quinn’s carpet. Then he said they had to pick up every grain, or he’d beat the shit out of them like the adults they were.
Then there is the villain of the piece: The Hanged Man. So evil, so villain, so needs to die. So much of the book is Rune, Brand, and Addam finding out new horrors and atrocities he has perpetrated, both against Humans and Atlanteans. Some parts o f the book are just so creepy. The atmosphere is great. However I will give The Hanged Man this: his actions are what caused Rune to do what he did, to learn what he learned, and for that I’m completely here for it. I can’t wait to see where this goes.
The Hanged Man took everything I loved in The Last Sun, and just continued to made it better. Step by step, it became more and more awesome. It is written perfectly, and I absolutely adore the characters and their relationships with each other. The story continues to shock me by doing exactly what I want out of it the most, at that moment in time. Plus, this book and the previous are peppered with what I can only assume (based off of what I have read in the book and what K.D. Edwards has said on Twitter) are foreshadowing for what is to come. I love it, and I can’t wait to read more in the series.
Also that Epilog? K.D. Edwards is both the cruelest and the best person ever. It is so perfect. He is the best because it wraps up the book and just destroys your feelings. I can’t ask for much more. He is the cruelest because now I just need more.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to K.D. Edwards and Pyr for providing the opportunity to review this copy.