How was it? Given the name of the book series, The Tarot Sequence, I suspect that those among you who are familiar with tarot cards might grasp a layer of understanding in this story that I might not have. I am not a tarot card user/player, I don’t know much about them. In this case though, it makes for quite a unique world building.
The story takes place in New Atlantis, a place that reads like two dimensions were merged, the Atlantean world – not the underwater DC type world – and the human world we know. Humans and various magical beings now share the same space, which in the human world was Nantucket, since the Atlantean World War broke the boundaries between the two. The Arcana, the ruling class of New Atlantis, are beings that are the closest things this world has to gods, and yet they somehow feel grounded. The Arcana have Courts and families that makes for interesting dynamics and histories between characters. The characters themselves and the relationships they keep are diverse and fluid in a natural, “that’s how it is way” I like seeing in books.
The plot starts with a simple mystery, where is Addam? Who has him and why? To uncovering pieces of a larger conspiracy around the destruction of Rune’s Court. The whole arc is attention grabbing by its pace and action sequences, but it’s the characters that are the heart and probably the best thing about The Last Sun. Forget the unique world building, it would have been one of those run of the mill, copy-paste Urban Fantasies that these characters would have won me over.
I’m trying hard not to spoil the experience but it is refreshing to see a relationship like Rune and Brand’s. It’s very intimate and loving, yet not romantic or sexual. It’s love. It kind of bleeds out of the page and make out understand how deep it runs.
Addam is made impossible not to like, despite everything being against him. His cocky-ish “I know what I want” attitude is sweet and never annoying. As for Max and Quinn They are just delightful.
So yeah, the dialogues, the pace, and the characters more than the world building made me love this book and curious about the next. Don’t hesitate to check it out and share your thoughts down bellow.
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