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Fall of Sky City

(Devices of War #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  61 reviews
In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time.

Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 381 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Blooding Books
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S.M. Blooding
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I love all the books I write, but this one was just fantastically fun because, BOY, did I let my inner geek OUT! LOL!

The world building on this book was fun and amazing. I really hope that what I see is translated onto the page so YOU can see what I do. I really enjoy these characters. They're so courageous and adventurous!

Since this is a self-review *snorting eye roll* I won't wax poetic about it. I enjoyed writing it. A LOT! I hope you enjoy reading it. *grin*
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I will be honest and say, this book was not for me. But in saying that, it was very well written. SM Blooding did a fantastic job with the world building. I just was never able to adjust to it. It was a bit confusing to me, and it’s all me, not the author. I am one of those type of people who just can’t get into a book if it’s not about something I have interest in, or if it just does not grab me right away. I should have researched the book more before agreeing to do this review; I guess the bl
Margo Ander
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk. Fantasy. Sci-Fi. Adventure—yes, S.M. Blooding melded all four genres into a unique world where they all manage to coexist and provide the environment for this enjoyable new series. It was a fast read with plenty of action and interesting characters.

The pervading conflict revolves around the issue of freedom and government—especially, who sets the rules and how are they enforced. In the past, priests had the upper hand until they became so corrupted the Hands of Tarot rose up to oppose
Phaedra Seabolt
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read too many steam punk stories, but the description of this one really sparked my interest. I was not disappointed either. This is an amazing book! I don't know if it qualifies as YA, but a mature young teenager (perhaps 12 years old) could read this. I think that it would help foster a bigger imagination if they did. My only complaint is that there's going to be a second book that I now have to wait for.

The story is about Synn El'Asim. He has been groomed his entire like to become c
Carrie Ardoin

Synn El' Asim is the son of two powerful families. But his parents are somewhat disappointed that his Mark of power hasn't shown up yet. Finally though, it does...and it comes at a most unfortunate time.

Because Synn is Marked in an unusual way, he immediately draws the attention of the sultry yet evil Queen of Wands. Synn falls under her spell through none of his own doing, and knows he must find a way to get out of her clutches. With the help of some crafty allies, maybe he can do jus
Jennifer Defoy
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have never read steampunk before, I’d heard of the genre I’d just never picked it up. So I wasn’t sure what kind of a story it was going to be, but the synopsis sounded good. I am so glad that I decided to try this one. The story was very entertaining. It was exciting, scary, suspenseful, emotional, and adventurous. Within the first 3 chapters I experienced all those emotions – along with awe at the world that was created by this story. I still can’t say that I’m a 100% sure what steampunk is ...more
Jill Swanson-Diaz
There is a special guest post from the author up on my blog!

I LOVED this book.
I have to start by saying, this book was one that I had a good feeling about. I knew I had to read it the first time I saw a blog post about it. Everything about The Hands of Tarot, caught my attention and gushed originality. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. Swept up by this story from the first, wonderfully written page, I could not put it down.
The Hands of Tarot has some of the best world bu
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is my first REAL steam punk book and I honestly didn't think I would like it much. But to my surprise I did like it a lot more than I expected.

At the beginning of the book the story was fairly slow (like most other books) but that doesn't mean you should stop reading. So I kept on reading until I got to the part where action rolled in and Synn, our protagonist, gets captured. I'm amazed of the world Blooding has created and built. It has Sky, Land, and Water Cities. These cities each has i
Rae Ryans
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In depth world, wonderful and interesting characters, strong, active plot are all words to describe Fall of Sky City.

I love steam punk, I couldn't tell you why, but it's become a favorite sub-genre of fantasy. Perhaps it's the geek in me, falling in love with the technology, Eco-systems, and so forth. Fall of Sky City brought a lot of that to the table, with magic to boot. But what I really loved most of all were the creatures, and the idea of symbiosis that occurred with the Families. It didn't
Stacey Blake
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I had never read a “steam punk” adventure novel. I was transported to another world by descriptions of underwater cities, boats that travel the sky, and the many creatures that inhabit that world. The main character Synn is very likable. He is brave, strong, and does what is right, not what is easy. He is captured and brought to Sky City. Their queen, Nix, makes it her mission to make Synn hers, which she does viciously. He es ...more
Angie Lisle
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Action-packed steam-punk.

A highly civilized society called the Hands attempts to suppress the elemental Families who are rebelling under the leadership of Queen Nix.

Ms. Blooding forges mythology and cultural traditions with sci-fi and fantasy to create a vivid world where people inhabit not only the land, but also the skies and the seas. The story starts slowly, the details gradually doled out from the male perspective of the main character, Synn El'Asim, with the implication that there is so
If I had to describe this book in one word, I would have to say: intense and violent. The book was darker than most books that I read. So why did I keep reading? In one word, Synn. The courage of the main character amid the horrible things that he endures, his determination to escape despite all the Queen has done to torment him and bind him, which he struggles to deal with, as would anyone compelled me to keep reading. But with the help of family and friends, he faces his fears and decides that ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Synn El’Asim is caught in the middle of a war. In an effort to save his best friend’s family, Synn and his father are captured. Synn watches as Nix has his father burned to death. When it’s his turn, his rage causes his mark to come forth. Unfortunately, Nix now wants him as her pet because his mark is the most powerful they have ever seen. Nix is relentless and cruel; Synn gives in to be free of her not knowing the price he ...more
Debra Martin
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FALL OF SKY CITY is an ambitious debut for author S.M. Blooding. To start, the cover of this book is phenomenal, very eye-catching. Her world building skills are amazing although I did have a hard time trying trying to picture the letharans, but that did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. The story is a wonderful mix of fantasy and steampunk and moves along at a fast clip.

Because of all the action in the book, I found that some of the secondary characters were a bit flat, Nix, in parti
Adele Carrington
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Older teenagers and fans of steam punk
It's been a long time since I read a book cover to cover without putting it down, but this one I did. I loved the characters and the originality of the story-line, the story flowed off the page and I really needed to know what was going to happen. Which I guess is the biggest compliment an author can receive.

I've been a fan of Fantasy Fiction since my teens and my book shelves are loaded with the greats, David Eddings and R. A Salvatore. What is great to see is a generation of female writers com
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fantastic book! Really enjoyed reading it, and it's very unique, though I hope we get a history of how the Hands came to be, which seems like it'll be interesting! Can't wait for the 2nd book and see what's going to happen!!!
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Hands of Tarot is part of a new genre of books – New Adult Fiction. NAF combines elements of Young Adult and Adult Fiction while targeting adults who enjoy reading exciting coming of age stories. Synn El’Asim, our hero, lives in a world in the midst of revolution. An organization called the Hand, overruns tribal families in search of powerful children who have been “marked” with talents or powers. The Hand steals these children and any useful inventions the family/colony may have in its possessi ...more
Leah (White Sky Project)
I read this book for a blog tour and didn't realize it was steampunk when I first signed up for it. I saw the word tarot and thought I was in for a dark witchy fantasy. Oh, there's dark stuff alright and magick, too. Plus flying ships and inventions! Yeahboy, steampunk!

Why is it that when you say steampunk, flying ships are always involved? Anyway, that was just a thought. I don't mind flying ships. In fact, I think they're pretty nifty. Like this book.

Quick recap activate! Synn is of the El' As
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Welcome aboard! You are about to immerse yourself into the world of steampunk adventures and unique fantasy world building; sail the ships through expanse of cool, windy skies, and dive dee
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A lot of people are always asking for a new type of book to pick up and read.Well I can say here you go. This is a steampunk book with a dark side, fantastic worlds and magic. Sounds different doesn't it. Synn is a boy who lives in a world were The Hand takes children from their families as soon as their mark appears. Their mark gives them a power that The Hand wants. Synn is a late bloomer and doesn't have a mark or power. It finally appears when the evil Queen Nix kills his father. It couldn' ...more
Victoria Limbert
Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome.

I didnt quite expect the story I got. The title/cover hinted at something else entirely...this is in no way a bad thing. The surprise kept me facinated. I loved the fact that S.M Blooding
Ash Rowe
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book in exchange for an honest review:

I LOVED this book. At first it was a little slow but still interesting. But when Synn finally gets to see just how horrible Queen Nix is and when he gets his “mark” things really start to pick up and it became a book I didn’t put down until I forced myself to at 5am. Only to pick it back up a two hours later to finish it.

S.M Blooding wrote a wonderful world with great detail. Everything was easy to imagine and was not overdone. I loved the places
W. Tinkanesh
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sky City will fall, the readers already know that. What they don't know is the how, and SM Blooding is a twisted writer. Sky City is where the Hands of Tarot live. Mighty families who believe themselves all-powerful and have no problems killing innocent people. Nix, the Queen of Wands, is the cruellest of the lot.

When Nix kills the leader of El'Asim (one of the three remaining Great Families) and captures his son, she thinks she's hit the jackpot. But Synn, broken or not, bonded, or not, will no
I've only read about a handful of "steampunk" novels so I'm still a newbie and struggling with the world building. This novel was definitely a struggle for me and I wished I had a dictionary to help me keep up with the types of families and their names and languages. I admit that this was out of my comfort zone and was one of the most complicated worlds I've read. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the giant creatures that they built the cities on/in. I also thought the chapter titles were ...more
Krystal Willingham
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Hands of Tarot started out slow and did not catch my interest at all. It took a lot for me to keep going but I did in hopes things would start to change and maybe I would start to understand this book a little more. Well, the story did get better, it got a lot better actually and I am so glad that I kept reading. Whether I understand anything about the book, the jury is still out but that doesn't really matter. What matters is that Blooding has written an amazing story with the most fascinat ...more
Melissa Haggerty
Fall of Sky City was an amazing book! That seems like a simple description, but it fits so perfectly.

Synn was such an interesting character. His thoughts and feelings throughout this book were very relateable. Sure I don't live my life on an airship or in a city on a lethara, but I could understand how he was feeling. I don't read many books based on male protagonists but Synn outdid many female protagonists I've read about in the past. He was fierce and incredibly brave.

This entire world that
The setting of this book mixes mixes fantastic, sci-fi and steampunk elements into something quite interesting. The marks of the families are a kind of magic and the hands use guns, gunpowder, radar and planes. I find the different families, especially those living in the letharan cities and those in the airships very enjoyable. But good world-building does not necessarily make a good story.

There were long passages that either felt like plot-holes/jumps or felt glossed over. I did not like the w
D.M. Cain
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a story! I read and review a lot of books and only a few of them grab me the way Fall of Sky City did. I loved it from start to finish and felt an encroaching depression as I neared the end. I sincerely did not want to part ways with characters I had invested so much in. But the ending did not disappoint. Far from it – it left me desperately wanting more!

This is usually the part of a review where I pick out a few amazing parts and a few things I felt the author could have done better.
M.G. Wells
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thrilling, Sci-Fi Fantasy!

THE HANDS OF TAROT by SM Blooding is a dark, enthralling, intense tale revolving around Synn, an unfortunate protagonist who lives in an idyllic society. Synn does his best to save his world, the Hands. Unfortunately, his life is challenged by the wicked Queen Nix...a heartless, power-mongering beast.

I'm a slow reader, so I paced myself in order to grasp all the elements of this complex story. I admire authors who take the time to create diverse colorful characters, de
Pauline Creeden
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5-Stars – From the air ships kept afloat by sky jellyfish to the underwater cities, this fantasy – steampunk amalgam has fabulous, stunning world-building. From the natural-forming tattoos on the backs of the powerful to the power behind the words of a promise, the motivations of the characters and the progression of the plot are clear and cunningly done.

I am not a huge epic fantasy buff, but I do enjoy Terry Goodkind and Brent Weeks. In the realm of fantasy, S. M. Blooding can set her books rig
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