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The Hanged Man

(The Tarot Sequence #2)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,479 ratings  ·  292 reviews
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 ma
Paperback, 383 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Pyr
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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 s
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 sh
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
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
**** 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
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
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 s

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!

wanderer (Para)
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to wanderer (Para) by: Sharade
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
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 a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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 wan
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 ne
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 firs
T. Frohock
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ha
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 Atlanti
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
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 s
Joyfully Jay
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
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 character
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I enjoyed book 1 more. There was just something about this one that did not quite gel. I look forward to the next book.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 safeguar
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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
Leaf of Absence
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this world and the characters. It's got all the good stuff.

I don't love that there's no ETA on the next one.
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
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 contantly and keep secrets from each other. But when they realize how they hav
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, queer-interest, magic
This is exactly the book I wanted to read when I was 15, and I read it in that mindset: just sort of gleefully rolling around in the hurt/comfort, the platonic soulbond, the queer relationships, the everything that makes this series what it is. It’s writing to my id, and I appreciate that and love it.

The one distraction, the one thing that kept me from letting my 15 year old self’s id from just totally run wild and free, was the editing. It’s not just the endless homophone mistakes and the repe
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A thrilling and satisfying follow-up to The Last Sun , The Hanged Man proves that K.D. Edwards is the real deal. The story shines with unique and complex world-building, stellar writing, and a fast-paced plot that is rounded out with humor and heart-felt emotional moments. I didn’t want the book to end!

I had

Really bloody good. Amazing bromances, banter, and relationships. All round amazing and I can't recommend it enough.

Full review to come
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
After having to wait a while longer than anticipated for this book, I could finally read it and have to say that it was worth the wait (no matter how impatient I was).

I really liked the first book (and would also recommend listening to the audiobook), but I think this one really showed the growth of the author. I thought it was way better written than the first one - which was fine, but had some typical first person narrator problems (mainly Rune's voice feeling too distant when it came ot other
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I forgot to add it to GR and I forgot when I read it but anyway - I really liked it! Duh! Can't wait for the next book!
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
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My quarantine has been consumed by this beautiful series. I absolutely loved it, I finished it in 1 day and do not regret it. My favorite in the series so far. :)
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What?! And now I'll have to wait for another year for the next book? This is cruel and unusual punishment!
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, okay? Just Wow.

The Hanged Man was such an amazing follow up to The Last Sun, I'm not even sure where to begin. While The Last Sun, in a way felt like the set up of a chess match, The Hanged Man is truly the start of the game and seeing the strategies of all the power and capabilities of those on the board.

The stakes are higher, the magic stronger and the addition of so many new acting characters really highlights how strong and inclusive K.D.'s writing is. There's a plethora of added elemen
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Author of THE LAST SUN and THE HANGED MAN (Sept 2019), the first two books in the Tarot Sequence. Published by Pyr. Reader of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Mystery, Graphic Novels, and LGBT+.

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The Tarot Sequence (2 books)
  • The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence, #1)

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