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The Tarot Sequence #2

The Hanged Man

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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.

383 pages, Paperback

First published December 17, 2019

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K.D. Edwards

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Author of the Tarot Sequence and the Magnus Academy Series. Published by Pyr. Reader of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Mystery, Graphic Novels, and LGBT+.

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Profile Image for Kathy Shin.
151 reviews117 followers
November 27, 2019
Hey K.D? Sequel Syndrome just called. It wants you to send some pillows and blankets to the titanium coffin you just buried it in.

Clearly The Hanged Man is the product of a mortal man making deals with a high demon, because it has no business--none whatsoever--being this damn good. Disgusting, paradoxical levels of good.

I mean, we've seen New Atlantis before, we know these characters, so the honeymoon glow should have worn off at least a little, because that's how sequels tend to go. The world shouldn't feel just as heartpounding and unexpected as the first time I read The Last Sun--like the jolt of a first kiss experienced over and over again. There is ZERO logic to that.

And yet. And yet.

This book takes everything you loved about The Last Sun and takes it up a level. And another. And another. And then just when you think, "Well, that has to be the peak," it smiles and takes you up into another building stacked on top of this one. Because the last 1/3 of the book? Fucking brace yourselves. It is an unending, head-spinning series of revelations and backs against the wall and consequent choices--choices that left me yelling and shaking with adrenaline--and Atlantean magic pushed beyond limits to mesmerizing results. It's characters navigating their vulnerabilities and fears with one another, and I lost track of the number of times I cried.

Brand said, fiercely, in a breaking voice. "You're my boy. You can do anything. Anything."

Things get darker (more so than I'd expected). Stakes are much higher. The banter and the jokes are even better. And the worldbuilding is off the charts. We also get to see Rune and Brand interacting with small children, to hilarious and surprisingly good results, and that's something I can't get enough of.

Oh, and for those who felt that TLS was a bit of a white sausage fest (and I say that with affection)--rest assured! Several new major characters make their appearance in this book, many of them female and/or POC, and they're all written with exquisite care.

This beautiful, messy family just got a lot bigger and I cannot wait for everyone to experience it.

[CW: discussion and implications of sexual abuse, rape, and pedophilia]


Review copy provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own

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Profile Image for Megan.
454 reviews74 followers
November 23, 2019
The cover the Hanged Man shows Rune dangling- hanging- upside-down. But if you look at it another way it could almost be Rune reflected in still water, which is fitting because in many ways this book is the inverse reflection of the one that came before it.

Whereas the Last Sun was a mostly light read punctured by occasional darkness, Hanged Man is an extremely dark book with only brief moments of lightness to offer relief. Brand, noting that shit must be real now because the Tower is wearing shoes. Max, tipping a handful of dirty rice back into its bag. Bright little asides that make you even more desperate to see Rune come out of everything ok, with all of his ever-growing family intact.

So yes, a much, much, much darker book than The Last Sun. But just as compelling, and the relationship between Addam and Rune remains the most precious thing. I continued to enjoy the little history lessons that surround the derelict buildings New Atlantis collects, and I liked how the worldbuidling was expanded. Even if it was in that way where you get five more questions for every one answered, especially regarding the Companion bonds. We got some little hints about where things might be headed, and I feel like the Companions are going to play a huge role in it. I also appreciated that some female characters were introduced, as the lack of them was probably the only real complaint I had with Last Sun. Also, Ciaran continues to exist, so. Big plus.

But the Tartot Sequences biggest strength continues to be the way KD Edwards makes you care so completely for its characters. As I read this book I wasn't just afraid for their physical safety (though I was very afraid for their physical safety, especially as KD decided to reveal he's also a master of horror on top of all his other considerable talents (I'm not joking don't read this book late at night your dreams will be fuuuuucked)), I was also deeply concerned about their emotional well-being. I don't just need these idiots to be whole, I need to them to be happy as well.

Which sucks for me, given how many reasons Rune and co. have to be unhappy in this book, and the looming clouds of SHIT'S GONNA GET SO MUCH WORSE BUCKLE IN LOSERS on horizon. But at the same time, I trust KD. Not to not let bad things happen to anyone, but I trust him not to be cheap about it. Like, in this book when Rune and Brand are having one of those frustrating arguments where if they would just talk to each other it would be fine, and how many books have you read where that kind of bullshit is dragged out until the last chapter, but here instead they actually talk about it and it's actually (mostly) fine (for now). That's the kind of trust I'm talking about. He might break their (and my) hearts, but at least I can trust it will be earned.

Unless Tower turns out to be a bad guy. Then we revolt.
Profile Image for Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~.
1,578 reviews103 followers
April 14, 2022
Reread review April 2022:

Holy crap, has it really been 2.5 years since this came out? Where has the time gone? 🙈 (I guess Covid, insurrections, rampant inflation and war in Ukraine have kept us all distracted. I don't need these many distractions, Life. Just saying.) ☹️

Really glad I got to reread these before book 3 comes out next month. I'm getting more and more worried about this big secret Rune is hiding, even from Brand. Or maybe especially from Brand. 😬 And I still don't trust The Tower.

Rune and Brand are as hilarious together as ever, and I really liked seeing more of Addam/Rune too. Addams is just so perfect for Rune. Even when they have disagreements, they're respectful of each other. 🥰

Thanks to Ele and Rosa for the BR!

Original review Dec 2019:

This was just as much fun as the first one, if not more. The characters are so fully realized and well-written that the character moments shine through and never feel forced or contrived. The action is nail-biting and the humor balances out the direness of the subject matter (the Hanged Man is like a blend of some of the Worst Evers from A Song of Ice and Fire), and the bonds between Rune and Brand, and Rune and Addam give me life. The second-tier characters are just as important and we get even more characters who are going to play big roles.

Some of the theories I had at the end of The Last Sun are even more solid now, and I'm either being ridiculously paranoid or super brilliant or both, LOL. Along with the theories, more of the complexities of this world are being revealed, and as some secrets come to light there are dozens more still to learn. I can tell already I'm going to have to reread these first two books before the third one comes out, which hopefully won't be too long a wait. *begs the universe*

Thank you to Rosa for the awesome buddy read and for quoting all the quotes since I couldn't do that on the audio. We laughed, we cried from laughing, we melted into goo, and we overanalyzed things to death, just what I want from a good book. :D
Profile Image for Sarah (thegirltheycalljones).
417 reviews284 followers
February 17, 2020
Bumping it up to 5 stars because I'm still obsessed and I need the third book like, yesterday. Those characters are everything!

4,5 stars.
I can't believe that 10 days ago, I hadn't ever heard of this series and now I'm screaming in a pillow because I have to wait to meet up with those characters again!
I can see myself back then (yes, it sounds dramatic when speaking of 10-days-ago), at the beginning of a reading slump, browsing through my Kindle that had around 20 new and unread books and being satisfied with none of them.
I remember then getting here on GR, at night, because I needed to find a book, because I can't sleep if I don't read, and raging over my keyboard, whispering way too many swear words, when suddenly - the magnificent cover of The Last Sun appeared.
My inner-Gollum definitely went full-on when I read about it being set in a world run by the Tarot figures and here I am, 10 days later, gnawing at my withdrawal symptoms.

This second book was even more enjoyable than the first one!
As suspected, it was much easier to get into the operations of New Atlantis this second time, and I was swept away by the plot revolving around the Hanged-Man from page one.
Rune and Brand's unique duo still works perfectly and the secondary characters are getting their fair share of development.
Considering that there's quite a lot of characters, not all of them can get big on-page time but I'm sure we'll get there.

MILD SPOILERS, CHARACTERS RELATED (really, mild - I'm just blabbering about their personalities and general relationships)

The only thing that's bothering me a bit is Addam. Don't get me wrong, I love Addam. I think he's a much more subtle character than first meet the eye, and that he can bring a lot to the story - and to the other characters.
That's why I was disappointed he's so much in the background. I got the feeling that Rune likes him but is way less into him than Addam is into Rune and it shows so much that I always felt bad for Addam. At the same time, considering Rune's history it feels logical.
I also hate the fact that Brand is being such an aggressive bitch with him - I mean, Brand's primal definition is kind of being an angry bitch to the whole world and that's why it's still okay in this second book - because I love them both so much that I want them to like each other like the silly person that I am.
That said, if they would have suddenly became friends, I would have been outraged so yeah, don't mind me.

I was a bit scared of not liking Anna as she smelled like Dawn "The Key" Summers, the annoying brat that came out of fucking nowhere and made me cringe every time I saw her face in Buffy, but let's wait and see where it's going!

And to be clear, I called Brand and angry bitch but I love Brand, and not only because I can relate so much to his massive swearing.
I'm just unsure where his bond ends with Rune and I'm unofficially scared of an eventual reveal of feelings that we were told would not happen, but you never know...
It's a pet peeve of mine when two people really get along and have a special relationship : some authors always make it evolve into something else. I just like the idea of being able to be really close to someone without any romantic feelings.
Most of the times, authors add romantic feelings and I don't like it. I'd need Quinn to tell me about about "most of the times" on this topic!

The plot was AWESOME, and there were three scenes in particular that were so cinematic and full of tension - may it be fear, may it be pride - that I couldn't. Stop. Reading.
K.D. Edwards really knows how to write both endearing characters, horrible characters and a gripping plot!
And I love how he takes abandoned buildings and lost ships from the real human world to build New Atlantis! That's a brilliant idea!

Can't wait for the next book, because it's so rare to get this feeling called "I can't wait to stop whatever adulting I'm doing right now and real life in general to get back to reading this book".
Thanks for that, Mr Author.
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2,072 reviews147 followers
April 11, 2020

I LOVED IT! PLRGMJTNSSZFWKOFLFODJDJFKMF!!! I loved them all, Rune, Brand, Addam, Max & Quinn and OMG, there were places in this book where the hair on my arms was literally standing straight up!

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595 reviews188 followers
April 15, 2020
**** 3.5 stars ****

I liked this more than the first book, as I'd hoped. The characters are what brought me back to give the series a second chance, and they're what will keep me reading, despite how the problematic worldbuilding sometimes makes me want to tear my hair out.

When I say the characters, I really mean Rune and Brand. The other characters, I can take or leave. And there were waaaaaay too many children in this book for my taste. But Rune, the first person narrator, is a trip. And Brand -- his Companion with a capital C, and not his love interest -- well, Brand has earned a place on my all-time favorite characters list. He comes to life so vividly and naturally on these pages, I can see him and hear his voice. And I'm usually crap at visualizing characters. Honestly, he just brings me joy. In all his ornery and short-tempered glory. So I'll keep coming back for more of same.

Other strengths of the book/series are the humor (lots of LOL moments in this one) and the various ominous secrets that get teased and hinted at in a most enticing manner.

My main gripe has to do with the worldbuilding, which I consider shoddy, but I don't much want to open that can of worms here and set myself off on a rant. I'm too tired to rant. So I'll limit myself to saying that it's not possible for a society that

I intend to keep focusing on what works for me rather than what doesn't. After all, I'm willing to indulge in a certain amount of handwaving for books that otherwise hook me (make me fall in love with the characters, basically). Occasional hair-tearing and screaming into the night may be necessary, but will occur only in the privacy of my home -- although Linda and Rosa kindly made themselves available to hold my hand through this book, and hopefully for the rest of the series as well.

I'm rounding up from 3.5 stars in recognition of how many good laughs I had, and how much fun it was watching Brand be Brand.
Profile Image for Para (wanderer).
359 reviews194 followers
January 1, 2020
ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Additionally, this review includes no spoilers for The Last Sun.

After finishing, I had precisely one word: Wow. That's it. That's the review. Pack up, go home, we're done.

More seriously, if the first book was pretty good, this one makes me want to read everything the author puts out. The pacing is good, but the characters are perfect and it gave me all of the feels. It's a perfect blend of action-y and character-focused and offers something for just about everyone. Me, for one, included!

I don't want to say anything about the plot except that it involves the titular Hanged Man and that of course, Rune and Brand and their adorable chosen family find themselves in dire danger again. The pacing is, naturally, breakneck and utterly compelling. No surprises there.

Just don't go in expecting a light read. It's much darker, veering into straight-up horror at points. Shit gets real, fast. The creepy atmosphere in a particular set of chapters is on point. I had to put the book down for a little at a few points because I was afraid for the characters and the tension got too much. Most of the time, with most books, you know it's going to end fine and that nothing really bad can really happen to the protagonists - not here.

Luckily, the horror and darkness are balanced out by an equal amount of heartwarming moments, which is what raised the rating compared to book 1. There were two scenes in particular that completely melted my heart. I love found families, I love characters who genuinely care for each other, I have a massive weakness for broken protagonists and all of this plus banter...perfect. It took all that the first book did well and made it even better.

It would probably be a little cliché if I said I can't wait for the next book again, but, well, it's true. I'm in for the long haul now. And I'd highly recommend it to everyone - even if you think you don't like Urban Fantasy.

Enjoyment: 4.5/5
Execution: 4.5/5

Recommended to: everyone who liked The Last Sun. - actually, scratch that, I rec it to everyone
Not recommended to: content warning: sexual violence (in flashbacks)

More reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds.
Profile Image for Karen.
1,859 reviews85 followers
January 5, 2020
WOW!!!! I could probably go on and on about 'The Last Sun' and 'The Hanged Man' for quite a while that's how much I loved and enjoyed these books.

These books have gotten this series off to one hella' good start. They're filled with snark, humor, action and so many awesome characters...Rune and Brand are fabulous but there are so many other secondary characters that I absolutely loved.

While I have my favorites when it comes to narrators, I'm also not adverse to discovering new to me narrators as well and in this case it was Josh Hurley and as much as I love my favorites for these books this new to me narrator simply knocked it out of the ballpark and I couldn't imagine another narrator doing a better job...this one was simple the perfect pairing when it came to this story with this narrator...seriously if you love fantasy and your not adverse to a story that's got a lot going on because this one is busy but it's all connected and necessary...check it out, I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Profile Image for Susan.
2,195 reviews395 followers
August 13, 2021
Re-read August 2021

Still so good.
I know people have been saying they don't want Rune and Brand to ever go from friends to something more, but I wouldn't mind it either way. I like Addam, but I could also see Rune and Brand together. They would be explosive.


4.5 stars

This was amazing!

It’s pretty rare for me to love a book where I had so much trouble getting into. It took met til at least 40% before I was totally engrossed. I had this same issue with the first book, even though I liked this second one even more.

I think it is because these books start off with the action immediately. There is no gradual introduction to the story, we’re right in the middle of the action from the first page. With both books I wasn’t sure where things were headed at first. I didn’t understand why the things they were doing were important to the overall storyline. But when it started to make sense I was hooked.

This series has some amazing characters. I’m absolutely in love with them.
Rune was incredibly badass in this and we got some amazing scenes where he could show off his powers. And his friendship with Brand was just as amazing. It’s such a treat to read about such a deep bond without there being anything romantic about it.

Addam was still his awesome self, and I just love Rune and Addam together. Not that they had much time to get all romantic in this second installment.. I really hope the author is going to give us some amazing Rune and Addam time in the next book.

And Quinn and Max…. I have so much love for these two. I do hope the author ships these two as much as I do.

After the slow start I went from meh, to interested to loving this book. It had lots of humor, amazing banter, a glimpse of romance, and a lot of badassery.

I can’t wait to read the next book.

And can I just say that the narrator for these books is just perfect. I’m going to keep doing the audios for this series.
Profile Image for Kathleen.
1,385 reviews122 followers
January 8, 2020
There aren't enough stars.

One of the best stories in the MM Romance/Urban Fantasy genre. Hands down. Beautifully written and edited. I cried many times, I laughed so hard at interactions between the Sun scion and his companion, and I marveled at the incredible world building and mythology created by the author. I even threw up my hand to cover my mouth a couple times instead of yelling, "No!". The only difficulty I had was at its end when I realized it would probably be at least a year to the next one.

If I had one teensy, tiny complaint it would only be about several mispronunciations in an otherwise brilliant narration by Josh Hurley. Still... perfection.
Profile Image for Mogsy (MMOGC).
2,028 reviews2,605 followers
January 14, 2020
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/01/13/...

Unlike a lot of readers, I wasn’t really as bedazzled by The Last Sun. A good story cannot be supported by action alone, no matter how many battle sequences or daring escapades you throw in my face. Despite the spectacular world-building and relentless pacing, all throughout the first book I couldn’t shake the feeling that much of it was meant to compensate for (or distract me from) a rather thin plot. It’s true that I wanted something a bit more substantial, especially from a series opener, and while overall I enjoyed the book, by the end of it I was also exhausted and feeling no small amount of relief that it was over.

But now we have the sequel, The Hanged Man, and I’m pleased to say I found it to be a lot more balanced with regards to story and plotting, more restrained in its action, and best of all, more time was given to character and relationship development. Before I proceed with the review though, I highly recommend being caught up with the series because spoilers for The Last Sun are possible. In this sequel, which once more centers on the lives of Rune Saint John and his friends, we are delving deeper into complicated world of the Atlantean court whose members represent the Major Arcana of a Tarot deck. Known as Scions, these individuals are possessed of powerful magic, able to store and utilize spells in the form of sigils. The story picks up soon after the events at the end of the previous book with a bombshell development that involves Rune’s ward, Max. It appears that the monstrously cruel and vicious Scion known as The Hanged Man has set his sights on the young man, intending to force him into a marriage contract against his will.

Needless to say, Rune and Brand are going to do whatever it takes to make sure that will never happen. However, it soon appears that our protagonist’s troubles are merely beginning. As the story shifts its attention to the Dawncreeks and Rune’s friendship with Corrine, we find out that her son Layne is missing, and it’s feared that his disappearance may have something to do with The Hanged Man’s sick and twisted agenda.

Rewinding back to my review of The Last Sun, I noted how amidst all the furious action and excitement, the irony was that my favorite parts of the novel were always and unfailing the quieter moments especially when Rune had his stolen moments of connection to those closest to him. To me, those were the scenes that defined his character and brought meaning to a novel that sometimes felt like it was more concerned with delivering wise-cracking lines and fast thrills. In contrast though, I was glad to see that in The Hanged Man we got more of these precious, emotionally revealing conversations between our protagonist and the people who mattered to him most. For one thing, it gave us more insight into the bond he has with Brand, and for another—and this was important for me, personally—some of the interactions between Rune and Addam in this one provided some much needed clarity into the nature of their romance which was something that felt off to me in the first book and never sat quite right.

I also liked how the flow of the story remained snappy without becoming overwhelming this time around. It’s possible that some of this can be attributed to what I wrote about above, which had a balancing effect on the pacing. The Hanged Man is also much darker, featuring higher stakes with consequences that are more significant and far-reaching. As someone who thought the tone of the first book was occasionally too flippant in the face of some of its heavier themes, I appreciated how this installment brought in greater depth and profundity to make me care more about the characters and the story.

Finally, it would be a crime to discuss a novel of The Tarot Sequence without mentioning the world-building. I think this element remains the strongest of author K.D. Edwards’ writing, and he continues to build upon the existing lore and magic of New Atlantis, dishing out answers to some questions while raising many more. The world of this series is a vast system—living, breathing, and complete—but clearly, it’s not ready to give up all its secrets yet. And that’s a good thing, considering how many more books are planned (nine all together, apparently!) and I hope to savor each and every discovery as Edwards adds more layers with each installment.

Overall, I was very pleased with The Hanged Man, which managed to step up as a sequel should. It continued to excel in the things the first novel did well, while improving on the things it didn’t. If this trend continues, The Tarot Sequence will become a force to be reckoned with—not that it isn’t a big deal already, making some huge waves in SFF circles. Truly, I think its potential can only grow, and I’m curious and excited to see where series is headed.
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1,503 reviews29 followers
July 14, 2022
Gah! I love this series! Tightly, densely plotted, with an interesting world and awesome characters. I just can't recommend it enough.

Although, seriously, if I have to wait another year and a half for the next installment I may have to pull all my hair out.
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Author 18 books314 followers
October 21, 2019
This is simply the most magical combination of engaging characters, a tight plot, humor, and court intrigue that I've read in a long time. The Hanged Man had all of my favorite things and I simply could not put it down.

It's urban fantasy with an entirely new twist on the courts within the Tarot and re-imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, but it pops along like a spy novel.

For people with series fears: I have not read the first book in the series, The Last Sun, and I had no trouble keeping up with either the story or the characters. The Hanged Man works beautifully as a standalone.

However, I'm definitely going back to read The Last Sun now. Rune and Brand will stay in your heart long after you put the book down, and Edwards keeps a firm hand on his story.

Highly recommended.
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578 reviews110 followers
October 21, 2019
Full review is here, on my blog!~

So, let me preface this review with: this is, within a day, easily my favorite book of the year. Out of 150 (so far). I mean… no offense, other books, but you really can’t beat Rune and Brand. Or Rune and Addam. Or… well, you get the idea.

This is the continuing story of Rune Saint John, the last scion of the ruined Sun Throne. Rune is Atlantean (yep, that Atlantis). With their home destroyed in a war with humans, Atlanteans now call New Atlantis home. New Atlantis is located on the island of Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts, under accords with the American government. They have magically displaced abandoned buildings and sunken ships and such from around the world, and created their own land, ruled over by the Arcana: powerful and nearly god-like Atlanteans with a host of magical powers and a shitton of money. At least… most of the Arcana are super rich and powerful. There are exceptions. The court of the Lovers was brought down for corruption, the court of the Emperor died in the war that destroyed Atlantis, and the Sun court hasn’t recovered from a brutal and mysterious assault on them years before. Rune and his Companion Brand are the last of their house, unable to even enter the Sun Estate without a host of angry undead creatures attacking. So, they do what they can with what they have… which is admittedly not a lot.

“If this is what the Tower calls poor, we need to invite him over to Half House for a fucking sleepover. He can sleep on the floor, between the broken washing machine and the milk crates I use for shelves.”

Rune’s ward, Matthias ‘Max’ Saint Valentine was entered into a marriage contract with the Hanged Man by his grandmother Lady Lovers before the ruin of her court. Now that he is a ward of the Sun Throne, and under their protection, it’s up to Rune and Brand to stop the Hanged Man from coming to collect on that contract. And the Hanged Man really, really wants to come and collect on that debt. It’ll take every magical shenanigan Rune knows, every combat skill Brand has, and a lotta bit of help from their friends to stop him.

This book was phenomenally written, and it gave me the entire gamut of emotions throughout its course. This is one of those books where I come for the characters but stay for the action. I love the characters in this series. Brand and Rune have one of the best relationships ever. Brand is Rune’s Companion, which is somewhat like a bodyguard, but one that has been bonded to you since infancy. So, they are more than best friends and more than brothers. They rarely fight in earnest, but it occasionally happens. I was in tears for the two of them more than once, and yet laughing for most of the book. The Banter between them is the stuff of legends. In fact, I think I came to the realization at some point during this book that Brandon Saint John may well be my favorite literary character ever. Everyone needs a Brand. The fucking snark that comes out of this guy’s mouth, my dudes. I have like 1/4 of the dialogue in this book highlighted because it’s Brand being a hilarious asshole, and I was here for it, and will continue to be here for it.

“Rune, so help me, if you don’t stop thinking about fishing that piece of toast out of the trash, I will punch you in the eye.”

“I just don’t understand why you needed to throw it away,” I complained. “And while we’re on the subject, have you noticed how much stronger our Companion bond is getting? I’m not used to you reading my mind this well.”

“I don’t need telepathy to guess what you’re like before you have coffee. Sit the fuck down and get your shit together.”

My other favorite relationship is that of Rune and his boyfriend Addam. Being the son of Lady Justice, and a scion of another court, it is not always politically favorable for Addam to get involved in Rune’s shenanigans, especially if it involves pissing off another court. Addam and his brother Quinn are friends of Rune, Max, and Brand though, and they don’t let something like house politics stop them from helping their friends. Especially Quinn, who is both Max’s best friend, and a prophet, constantly seeing the future in probabilities. Addam does spend a lot of time worrying over Quinn, but he is also there for Rune when he needs him, even as Rune feels guilty for getting them roped into his trouble. He is a very patient lover too, as Rune is understandably triggered at times by physical intimacy. Addam never complains, he never pushes, and he always understands, and he lets Rune go at his own pace. I was in tears for them too. Most adorable couple ever. Relationship goals.

He kissed my eyelids. “Know this, then: I am where I want to be. Right now, I am where I want to be, and it makes me very, very happy.”

The masculinity in Rune’s circle is more non-toxic than Elmer’s glue, which is admittedly rather unexpected in fantasy in general in my experience, and I honestly find it heartwarming AF. Rune can literally set things on fire (including himself). He can incinerate a horde of zombies if motivated enough. Brand is trained in like 108 different martial arts and usually has at least 10 weapons hidden upon his person. They still hugged it out and talked about their feelings, because that is what needed to happen. It’s what they do.

This series is not scared to take your emotions and kick them in the fucking face. K.D. Edwards presents a world much like ours, where horrible things happen. There are characters who suffer rape, child abuse, torture, and other awful, awful things. As much as I will squee about how adorable this series is, it is set in a world in which very bad things happen to good people. That said, this is also a book in which there is love, and support, and hope for the future. That’s why it makes me smile as much as it makes me cry. It presents me with characters so endearing that I can’t help but want the very best for them, gives them backstories or puts them in situations that smush the fuck out of my emotions, and then rounds it all out by having other characters be there for them; ready and willing to love and support them, snark and all.

If I could give this book all of the stars in the night sky, I would do it. That’s how special it was to me.
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780 reviews130 followers
January 7, 2021
I don't care for "relationships" in my books. I don't particularly enjoy urban fantasy. I definitely don't like romance in my books. But I loved all of these things in The Hanged Man! (Except for the romance, which there wasn't much of; what was there was just fine).

Rune and Brand. As royal scion and bonded guardian, they have an asymmetrical non-romantic relationship that is deeper than deep. They snip at each other constantly and keep secrets from each other. But when they realize how they have been hurting each other... holy jeez, I was down with all those feels. This is a very strange experience for me, and kudos to K.D. Edwards for the strength of his writing that broke through my resistance to such matters. This is where writing becomes magic; I have no idea how the words manage to bring forth the heat of the sun burning inside Rune like they do.

This book, like The Last Sun, has numerous scenes that pack a powerful punch, with stong emotions, potent magic, powerful politics, and plenty of surprise turns. It is not a repeat of its predecessor. Rather, it is a welcome evolution. This is a remarkable series so far. It's not just urban fantasy, though it is some of that; New Atlantis borrows parts of our world (literally) but is set apart. It's not just LBGT fantasy, though it is a little bit of that; the most significant bonds are are not at all romantic or sexual but go much deeper. It's much more about connections that go beyond friendship, of found and chosen families and protecting others with every fiber of your being. It's something that cannot be strictly categorized, something all its own, something that will prove epic, if it gets its chance.

Keep up the great work, K.D.
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7,470 reviews424 followers
January 7, 2020
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

This second book in The Tarot Sequence takes place only a heartbeat after The Last Sun, the first book in the series, and really, you should read the first one, because not only is it a good book, but so much of this story won’t make any sense to you if you aren’t already familiar with New Atlantis. While the author does explain and repeat some information, a great deal of subtlety and good storytelling will be lost on you without being familiar with the characters and their world.

Rune has changed a little from the first book. He’s more sure of himself and more sure of his powers. While he doesn’t have as many sigils as even the weakest scion of a powerful house, the eight he has have managed to be enough up to now. He’s growing into his Atlantean aspect, and as more people need his help, Rune stretches himself and his abilities even farther than he thought he could.

Read Elizabeth’s review in its entirety here.

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673 reviews115 followers
November 25, 2020
I didn't struggle as much with this as with book 1, mostly because, while it was still action-packed, this installment focused more on the political side of things. I know that sounds scary, but it's not at all overwhelming or boring (at least those are the two emotions I find myself feeling when it comes to politics in books). So the pace was somewhat slower and I had time to understand what I was reading.

Brand got to shine in book 1 with his bodyguarding skills, now it was Rune's turn to use his knowledge. But their roles were equally important. Rune couldn't do this without Brand and well, there wouldn't be a Brand without Rune.

You #Brune shippers, first of all that's a terrible shipname, secondly I'm convinced that's not the direction the story will go. I'm also warming up to Addam and I'm starting to feel the connection there. Addam is so good and noble, no wonder he's a scion of the Justice court.

Along with the action, we got plenty of humor too. And some creepy, gory, ghostly stuff. :)

So in a way I enjoyed this more, because I could follow along more easily.Looking forward to the next instalment.
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185 reviews59 followers
December 5, 2019
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks. Thank you to Pyr for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

You know what’s a great feeling? When you love a book, start up the sequel, and discover that the sequel takes everything you loved in the first book and makes it even better. KD Edwards has nailed his voice in The Hanged Man, and has given us even more and even better character interactions. Brand and Rune are still the ultimate bromance, and Addam is still the kind and caring partner Rune needs and deserves. Max, Quinn, Ciaran… everything you wanted and more. Absolute cinnamon rolls, all of them – and the new characters are similarly great.

If you’re not already familiar with the Tarot Sequence, my review of the first book in this series can be found here: The Last Sun by KD Edwards. This review will contain very mild spoilers for book one.

After taking care of the immediate problem of the lich, the Scooby Gang must now tackle the problem they’ve all been determined not to think about: The Hanged Man’s claim on Max. Although morally grey antagonists seem to be all the rage right now, that’s not the case at all in this book. The Hanged Man is horrific in every way. His emissary is covered in scars, he takes underage children on as his consorts, and really… that’s all you need to know about him. He’s not a good person, not at all, and keeping Max our of his hands is paramount.

Rune also comes to several key realizations. Specifically, it begins to hit him that he was not the only one who was hurt by the sacking of Sun Court; his people, the retainers and houses under his father’s protection, have also suffered. As the heir Scion of the Sun Throne, the responsibility to care for them now falls to him. He steps up to the plate, growing into his new place in the world. He ceases to act as a spectator and becomes an agent. He recognizes that he is one of the powers that be now, and that he has a duty to embrace and use his special abilities.

Flames burst from me. They raced from my eyes, down my face; swept along my arms; fanned across the jade floor in a plume of solar yellow. The world became my silhouette.

Naturally, he does this with Addam’s support. Addam is just such a damn good match for Rune, and I really can’t get over how wonderful he is. I want an Addam for myself and a few spares for everyone I love. Everyone deserves an Addam in their life, frankly. Rune, having been raped and traumatized by the Sun Throne attackers, obviously has a few challenges where intimacy is concerned. This is not frustratingly hand-waved away as I’ve seen in other books (cough cough Liveship Trilogy), but is something they work on together with gentleness and understanding. Every single scene between these two melted my heart with happiness and warmth.

“Brand did that to me,” Addam said. “In the Westlands, at my family compound. When I tried to blame myself for what Ashton caused. Brand poked me and said that I didn’t do this. That this was done to me. Rune, what happened to you . . . It was done to you. You did not cause it. I think the world of you for how you’ve handled it. I truly do.”

Addam is still incredibly protective of his little brother, Quinn. Quinn’s powers of prophesy continue to take a toll, but he’s found a friend in Max who helps and supports him. They’re inseparable; a true dynamic duo… for better or for worse. It’s a fact that they tend to get themselves into more than a little trouble.

We get a closer look into what makes Arcana and principalities different from your run of the mill scions, including some explanations for the more mysterious uses of magic in The Last Sun. No magic is without cost, however, and while it may be flashy… it’s not without limitations. The magic that runs through their veins, including that which binds them to their Companions, becomes a much more important thing for Rune to understand.

Rune’s own Companion, Brand, naturally still has the same exact tough love bond we know and love from the first book. There’s not much to say other than that if you liked Brand in The Last Sun, you’ll continue to adore him in The Hanged Man.

Brand pulled his gun out of his holster, removed a cartridge from his belt, and slapped it into place. He aimed the gun at my leg and shot me. “What the hell, Brand!” I shouted. I looked down at the blue, feathered end of a dart. “You did that really quickly. It’s like you’ve been waiting for the chance.”

Brand smiled . . .

“You act like wanting to shoot you is a secret. I’ve practically painted murals of it on my wall. It’s the closest I can think of to an off switch when you’re about to do something fucking stupid.”

Although the writing style is loose and modern on the surface, a closer examination will reveal a tight, highly polished narrative. If there’s a Chekhov’s gun present, rest assured that it will be fired at some point. Every strand of narrative and plot is relevant, word choice is deliberate, and that which isn’t explained fully will be in the future. There are hints peppered liberally throughout regarding Rune’s dark past and quite a few fan theories floating around to explain them. KD Edwards plays to his audience in the best possible ways, crafting a fun, engaging narrative that will tug on your heartstrings.

Recommended for fans of:

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Cradle series by Will Wight

If you enjoyed this review, please consider reading others like it on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.
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640 reviews6 followers
September 12, 2022
I don't know why I keep picking up series on going... it seems I like to suffer. Now it's too late to back down. I loved this second part of the Tarot Sequence. The Last Sun was a nice surprise and I was eager and fearsome of reading this second book equally but it was sooo good. I may talk about spoilers, so read under your own responsibitity.

Thank you Linda for the awesome BR! <3
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206 reviews26 followers
March 11, 2022
This series would make the best video game series like I’m not even playing around. I’d play the fuck out of a game in this universe

First off this sequel is better than the first, but I already rated the 1st book 5 stars so I guess this one makes 6/5 stars. No pressure to the author for the upcoming 3rd novel in the series (which I’m literally quaking with excitement about btw. We’re just a bit over 2 months!!)

We start this book a bit after the first, and understand that there has been some establishment on living arrangements and growing budding friendships/relationships has happened off screen. But the primary villian this time was already introduced in the first book. Update: side note on that, there is a novella out that takes place before this that I have to get to!

You can really tell that the author was given a 3-book deal (though now 4 books) because he PUNISHES us! He tortures us! So much happens in these books. I said this about the first one but once again the summary for the book barely touches the surface of what happens in the book, because so much happens and I love these books because of that. Yet we still are left with some of the same questions that we were left with after the first one! And the crazy thing is that in all the excitement, I forgot about these cliffhangers so when Rune brought it up again in the end I was like TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE HIDING. And then he didn’t and I was ready to rip the book in half (but didn’t because it’s a library book)

I can’t believe how much we were unknowingly missing out on in the first book. This one weaves us far deeper into the ruling Arcana, their politics, and their people. We start to understand the structure of a court, as Rune discovers more about his own, and from Addam, who is a scion to the wealthy Justice throne. We get introduced to some of the coolest characters, such as Lady Death (new fave), and Lady World (new OTP), along with more lore and background about Companions.

This book was such a treat omg. It feels like I read 3 books not just one. These books are exciting, funny, badass, and emotional all at once. I think this is the only urban fantasy I’ve ever read that is actually good and not just entertaining. All the characters are complex and we have to remember to trust no one yet everyone is likable. Even the villain in this one, who was an insane murderous pedophile, was pretty cool.

I said this about the first book but these are just so good at helping you visualize scenes. The fact that there were several scenes in a ship whose sister you can google and look at pictures of was even cooler. Literally love
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Author 3 books430 followers
December 19, 2022

So What's It About?

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.

What I Thought

I did not have a super great time reading The Last Sun, but I am delighted to say that I thought The Hanged Man was way more enjoyable. I can’t say if it was just a difference in my mood while reading or if there were actual changes in the quality of the books, but I found the plot much more engaging, and the humor and banter landed a lot better for me after rarely landing in the first book. Rune and Brand’s abrasiveness was entertaining and endearing instead of just being grating and annoying, and their “forged in the fires of battle” bond and “constantly fucking ready to GO” energy worked a lot better for me, too. There is definitely more depth to their relationship, which is explored very well in scenes like their fight in the red light district. I also think Edwards does a great job of writing about kids and Rune and Brand’s relationships with kids, where they don’t really know what they’re doing but will do whatever they can to support and protect them. The “found family” aspects feel stronger here, too.

It also helps that the central plot was a lot more engaging to me this time around - there are real emotional stakes that I did not feel were present in the first book, as well as an exploration of grooming and abuse that mirrors Rune’s past and current struggles. On that note, another big positive for me is that Rune’s trauma feels a lot more present this time around, from its effect on all of his relationships to his guilt over the suffering experienced by members of his family’s court after their fall.

Returning to the plot for a moment, there are a number of other things that I really enjoyed. There are some very cool “setpieces” like the haunted warship Declaration and the Hanged Man’s skyscraper greenhouse with its different atmospheric levels. The portion of the story where Rune and friends explore the magical flashbacks on the Declaration was where I really got sucked in, and I found it to be visceral and powerful. I also love a story where things gradually get better for the main characters and they experience what I call “vindication catharsis,” where people finally believe them and come together to support them after a long time of them being doubted or being underdogs. Given this predilection, I loved the entire last quarter of the book where Rune lays out all of his evidence against the Hanged Man before the Convocation of other rulers and claims his father’s throne and they believe and support him in response.

I don’t have a whole lot of cons this time. The one thing that really stands out is the strangely cruel treatment of a character named Sherman who is a teenage sex worker and addict after having been groomed and abused by the Hanged Man. Rune and Brand specifically call him a bad person and use his addiction to threaten, manipulate and get what they want from him. For a series with the central theme of protecting and loving traumatized kids (and given that Rune and Brand aren’t exactly paragons of legal and forthright behavior themselves) it just seems really bizarrely inconsistent to be so awful about Sherman because of his dysfunction and bad choices as a result of what happened to him. Beyond that, however, this was a really fun read and I am looking forward to getting caught up with the series soon.
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2,402 reviews1,850 followers
October 5, 2020
Okay, THE HANGED MAN? Worth all the confusion and skimming I did in book one. Is the worldbuilding less head-scratching worthy? I don't know. I feel it was easier to settle into, and the intro helped to reintroduce concepts that I now have context for, but I have honestly no understanding of how this society actually works. But that's fine because once again I was really only here for the characters.

The plot, though, the Big Bad of the moment? I liked it so much better than book one. I joke about not caring about the events and only being here for the characters but to be honest I liked how things came about. It was easier to process. I still don't (once again) understand why but like.. whatever. The how, though? What this Big Bad did? Chills. So messed up.

Moving away from the messy, though, there were so many truly lovely moments both between.. well, so many characters, really. The found family aspect was very present in the novella separating books one and two but it was even stronger here. And the dynamics between the protagonist and his love interest? I was really sad about it because it's not what I wanted but the conversations that came up in this one? The realization and the acceptance, and he having the guts to put it all out there? I'm good now. I get it.

While I said before that I loved all the characters, I'll admit two of the minor ones, our protagonist's wards, kinda annoyed me in this one. But I think it was for a purpose and we've come out the other side of it. Growing pains of a sort. We also had a few more additions added to the roster, one of which I'm such a fan of. I love that the ensemble keeps growing and I'm keen to see where things go next.

There are often so many hilarious one-liners or exchanges, often thanks to one particular character, but there were two scenes that had me cackling out loud. One of which were those last bits of the book. Hysterical!
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265 reviews28 followers
January 7, 2020
I don’t really know how I feel about this tbh. I think I was too obsessed with the first book & set the bar a bit too high for this 1. On the one hand, this is overall a great & compelling read. I’m thoroughly fascinated with the plot, all of the characters and I enjoyed the ride.

On the other hand, the plot of this book was kind of meh. In the first book, There were twists and turns and it was thrilling. But in this, there was too much Plot Armor. Every character's life and health were safeguarded by the fact they can't be removed from the story. So after awhile the thrill was gone cause I knew they’d end up a ok & it’d be wrapped up in a nice & pretty bow. Also the main antagonist was supposed to be this extremely clever and extremely deadly man & there was SO MUCH build up to the final battle but the way that plot line was wrapped up was so quick and a bit... meh. Idk.

Regardless, I’m locked into this tale and I wanna see where it ends up. ( I don’t know if this is considered a spoiler but just in case SPOILER ALERT so stop 🛑 reading here) I really wanna know how the Brand, Addam, Rune love triangle is going to play out. Threes a crowd and I feel like either Adam is gonna be killed off or they’re gonna break up and then he’ll be killed off. There were little moments in this book that showed a few cracks, particularly Rune and Addam.
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120 reviews
April 30, 2022
Warning: this came out way mushier and more random than it has any right to be.

This is one of those rare times when a book not centred around romance is so completely full of love and I’m so here for it. I always need more platonic and familial love in books and here is done masterfully and with so much heart it’s painful in the best way. Brand and Rune keep ruining me and Rune and Addam are just so lovely to see together. And don’t get me started on their whole found family.
Especially because I was already in love with them after the first book and now there’s more and we have Anna and my heart is so happy.

And with all that we have a freaking cool magic system and some of the most immersive writing I’ve read in a while. And there’s a pet dinosaur with arthritis!!

Minor spoiler but the scene where the hanged man makes Rune not able to automatically breath hit me so hard I had to force myself to breath for a few minutes.

I need the next book yesterday, I knew I should have waited for it to come out before starting the series.
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1,359 reviews115 followers
January 31, 2020


I really enjoyed The Last Sun but this was just fantastic. The writing, the world building, the plot and the characters were flawless!!

This is NOT romance. It's fanatically <---WHAT? fantastically written and developed LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and the really good stuff is the character development and their relationship development as friends, lovers, guardians and gods! There are romantic elements but this is all story and it is a great edge of the seat, can't put down, staying up until all hours to read it, story!

I can't wait for the next one!
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491 reviews57 followers
November 26, 2022
5 stars

This book begins with an attempted kidnapping. Max, Rune and Brand’s ward, is almost snatched off the street by minions of the Hanged Man, an arcana. Max’s grandmother, the deposed leader of the Lovers Court, promised Max to the Hanged Man in marriage despite the fact that Max is only seventeen (and remember, that’s younger in Atlantean terms than it is in human terms) and the Hanged Man is a known pedophile.

Rune and Brand rescue Max in time but all three are freaked out. They know they need a way to look into the Hanged Man’s dealings but they also need cover, so they agree to take a case that has been petitioned to them.

Another teenager is missing, named Layne (Layne is described as a boy in The Hanged Man but by the next book, Layne has realized they are nonbinary so I’ll try to remember to use the pronoun “they” here). Layne’s guardian Corinne was their father’s companion (not romantically, but rather an empathically linked bodyguard much like Brand is to Rune).

Layne’s parents were affiliated with the Sun Court which is why Corinne petitioned for Rune’s help. They had two other children, Anna and Corbie. Corbie is four and Anna is twelve (probably three and nine in human terms—this age thing really trips me up). While poking their heads into the Hanged Man’s business in order to find and rescue Layne, Rune and Brand get closer to this family and develop protective feelings toward all of them.

The Hanged Man is up to his neck in some creepy stuff. In addition to kidnapping teens he also hijacked a naval ship that disappeared during World War II. Rune, Brand and Addam find and explore it and there are nasty surprises inside. They also discover that the Hanged Man is a dangerous enemy to cross.

There was so much I loved about this book that it’s hard to keep track of it all. As I said to friends, it fires on all cylinders. It had spot-on pacing, a great and satisfyingly twisty plot, action, humor, emotion, and bonding (both familial and romantic). I loved the introduction of Anna and the way Rune got closer to Max and Quinn. The kids (all but Corbie, who annoys me) added so much.

Since I had a problem with the almost all-male cast of The Last Sun, I was glad that significant female characters—Anna, Corinne, and an arcana named Lady Death—joined the cast in this installment. I loved the further development of Rune and Addam’s relationship. Addam is so honorable and willing to put himself on the line for Rune that he won me over and I’m no longer grumbling about how I’d rather Rune was with Brand. Addam’s relationship with Quinn (his younger brother/surrogate son) and Quinn’s relationships with just about everyone in the story are touching.

There was almost nothing that didn’t work for me—other than some simplistic humor with Corbie, just a scene at the Arcanum when so many Arcana characters were introduced all at once. I often find it awkward to try to get to know several important characters in one scene. Other than that, this was pretty much a perfect book. It’s an 5-star read for me, and I don’t give 5 stars lightly.
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Author 2 books121 followers
March 20, 2022
I devoured this book in under a day.

Do you know how long it’s been since that happened to me? I’ve been struggling to concentrate on any book at all, never mind actually finishing one; that’s why my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads contains 49 books – I keep starting things and being unable to finish. It’s not a problem with the books, but with me, and I could talk a bit about why but that’s really not the important thing here.

The important thing is that I could not put this book down. After spending the entire year struggling to finish things, I was finally handed a book that gave me no choice in the matter.

I was hooked, I was glued to the pages, I was mesmerised.

This book, you guys. This book just set the new standard for fantasy fiction, and the bar is now set so high you can’t see it from the ground.

I genuinely don’t know where to start.

The Arcana who rule New Atlantis are, in-world, the inspiration for the Major Arcana of the human tarot; we meet Lord Tower and glimpse Ladies Lovers and Justice in Last Sun, and Rune himself – the main character and first-person narrator of the series – is the heir of the fallen Sun Throne. His father was murdered and his court destroyed while Rune was a teenager, and his social standing is therefore a little complicated; on the one hand, he’s technically-sort-of Lord Sun, as the last remaining member of his House. On the other hand, he hasn’t claimed his father’s seat on the Arcana council, and doesn’t have a court of his own – to say nothing of the magical, political, and financial power wielded by the sitting Arcana Lords and Ladies. Although he does call on his rank in a conversation with Lady Justice in Last Sun – and she acknowledges it, calling him ‘brother’ in a gesture of intense and courteous respect – for the most part, he’s treated as a Scion – the son of one of the Arcana Houses – but not one of the Arcana outright, by most of the Atlanteans he interacts with.

Last Sun is aptly named, because despite reading as a full (and excellent) book on its own, when set alongside Hanged Man, it suddenly looks much more like an introduction – almost a prologue. Last Sun introduced us to the eponymous character, the last surviving member of House Sun, Rune. It showed us who and what he is, taught us about his abilities and the world he lives in – it set the stage, if you like.

Hanged Man? Hanged Man is the story really and truly starting. Actually, no, I’d prefer to use another term: Edwards doesn’t start Rune’s story here.

He freaking unleashes it.

Read the rest at Every Book a Doorway!
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144 reviews
May 31, 2022
I loved this book so much I want to CRY. Such a fantastic plot, loved that we got more of the Arcanum with some fantastic worldbuilding and politics. Some very dark moments balanced out by the humour, which had me laughing out loud a lot. I do wish we'd seen more of Max considering he was the whole catalyst for the clash with the villain but I really enjoyed seeing Quinn's growth. I hope there'll be more focus on both of them in future books. Also loved the introduction of Anna, a new fave.

Rune and Brand absolutely have my heart and there were so many fantastic moments between them. I ship them so hard. Sorry Addam, I love you too, but I'm such a hardcore Brand fangirl, and he and Rune have one of my favourite dynamics in literature, honestly. That's how much I adore them. The banter, the sass, the mutual trust and protective instincts, the way each of them would burn the world down for the other and then still make some sarcastic quip in the aftermath. I cannot get over it. I get so much joy out of them interacting. They bring the whole world to life.
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1,359 reviews13 followers
April 13, 2021
4-4.5 stars

I really am enjoying this series, it is lacking in the romance but not lacking in the bromance.

Brand and Rune’s relationship is amazing the sass that Brand brings to the table is perfection.

Addam is also sassy when he has things to say to Brand or sometimes Rune, but the Russian accent that the narrator does for him brings me back to Alexei from the Metahuman Series and I love it.

I just wish we had more romance between Rune and Addam, but I can see why we don’t, I would have just preferred more scenes with them, but that is my romance addicted heart talking.

I can’t wait to see what happens next, hopefully we get to find out soon.

I would highly recommend this series, and audiobooks they really make the experience that much better because you can hear how the author wants the characters to sound and act. And its just that good, Josh Hurley does a great job for all the characters.
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