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The Hourglass Throne (The Tarot Sequence Book 3) Kindle Edition
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As Rune Saint John grapples with the challenges of assuming the Sun Throne, a powerful barrier appears around New Atlantis’s famed rejuvenation center. But who could have created such formidable magic . . . what do they want from the immortality clinic . . . and what remains of the dozens trapped inside?
Though Rune and his lifelong bodyguard Brand are tasked with investigating the mysterious barrier, Rune is also busy settling into his new life at court. Claiming his father’s throne has irrevocably thrown him into the precarious world of political deception, and he must secure relationships with newfound allies in time to keep his growing found family safe. His relationship with his lover, Addam Saint Nicholas, raises additional political complications they must navigate. But he and Brand soon discover that the power behind the barrier holds a much more insidious, far-reaching threat to his family, to his people, and to the world.
Now, the rulers of New Atlantis must confront an enemy both new and ancient as the flow of time itself is drawn into the conflict. And as Rune finds himself inexorably drawn back to the fall of his father’s court and his own torture at the hands of masked conspirators, the secrets that he has long guarded will be dragged into the light—changing the Sun Throne, and New Atlantis, forever.
The climax of the first trilogy in the nine-book Tarot Sequence, The Hourglass Throne delivers epic urban fantasy that blends humor, fast-paced action, and political intrigue.
Weaving intricate politics, fast action, and high magic with the powerful themes of loss and found family, K.D. Edwards' Tarot Sequence burns even hotter in the Hourglass Throne. Just when you think you've got a handle on where the plot is going he detonates another surprise or reveals a world-changing secret in his long game. Don't sleep on this series. I can't wait to see where it goes. -- David R. Slayton, author of the Adam Binder Novels
At no time did I ever believe he could improve upon perfection as I felt The Hanged Man was the perfect book. I still hold that to be true. What I did not expect was for him to redefine it, and he has done so with the thrilling and gut-wrenching The Hourglass Throne. -- Ben Ragunton of The Two Gay Geeks Podcast --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B09RKTH4YP
- Publisher : Pyr (17 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 3918 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 425 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #386,799 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #18,377 in Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #26,282 in Fantasy (Books)
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I’ll keep this short and sweet. You, dear reader, must surely be familiar with the Tarot Sequence if you’ve made it this far. The story begins with Rune and friends investigating a spree-killing in Lady Priestess’s rejuvenation compound. As has become par for the course for this series, the villain is a time-traveller from the past. Which leads me to one of my pet-peeves; we’ll discuss that later.
This book has everything we’ve come to love from the series. The action is compelling: danger always lurks in the shadows, and it can strike when you least expect it. Despite its length, the Hourglass Throne kept me glued to its pages.
In terms of characters and relationships, Rune and Addam share a sweet love story. Brand and Rune are their usual dynamic duo, while Brand and Addam also have something interesting growing between them. It’s almost like a love-triangle, but far less corny, and much more mature. It’s a refreshing change if you’re used to sappy young adult heterosexual romance.
The villains in this series are extremely unlikable. If you want fascinating, relatable villains, look elsewhere. But if you love to hate villains—you’ll love this book. This is not a good or a bad thing; it is simply a matter of taste.
I do have some nitpicks with the relationships. I felt that Rune got too close to the other Arcana too quickly, especially the Tower. The Tower’s dramatic transformation from city Strong Man to doting godfather was a bit too sudden for my tastes. I *believed* it, because it feels in-character for the Tower, but I felt that it needed a bit more build-up.
Regarding pacing, the story is well-paced in the beginning and middle, but I thought the ending was slightly abrupt, especially with how suddenly a major character left the scene (no spoilers). I also want to discuss my pet-peeve of time travel, which I feel has been over-used – since it featured in the previous book as well. Give it a rest, KD!
But perhaps the biggest flaw with this book is how incomplete it feels. It is, of course, the third book in a series that is planned to span a whopping 9 books. I will make my opinion plain: a good series should not have 9 books. I have read many excellent series that fit in 3, 4, 5 or sometimes 6 books. But I have never read a good series that has 9 books. Because the middle books *will* suffer from the dreaded “second book syndrome” – on steroids. The overarching story feels like its reached the halfway point to me.
Still, judged purely on its own merits, the Hourglass Throne was very enjoyable. It gets a solid 4 stars from me.
I started the series because of its premise of an alternative world where Atlantis is not a myth but was only recently discovered. I continued reading because KDE has a good sense of character, story and family, with a great helping of humour and interaction between the characters.
The only downside is that KDE plans 3 trilogies, and this is only the end of the first one. The book ends in cliffhangers but .. let’s put it this way .. I’ve read the end chapters about 10 times just for their feel good factor.
Not a YA novel
I'm pretty sure 90% of the characters are Queer in SOME manner.
A HEALTHY Gay Male Relationship written by a Queer Male and not a cis het white lady
Non-Binary Character (plus another non-binary minor character)
Cool Magic and World Building.
Intriguing and intricate plot that continues to develop and unfold and re-readability because of how complex things are. You appreciate the detail and the clues you missed the first time around.
It took me 2 tries to get into bk 1 because of how the author throws you face first into the world, but once I was In, I was along for the ride and completely hooked.