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The Hanged Man

(The Tarot Sequence #2)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  722 ratings  ·  169 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 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Pyr
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Kim I buy books for a public library system in the U.S. and all of the major vendor websites have the pub date as September 17, 2019. That said, there may…moreI buy books for a public library system in the U.S. and all of the major vendor websites have the pub date as September 17, 2019. That said, there may be advance reader's editions / uncorrected proofs available now or soon. (less)
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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
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
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
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
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
wanderer (Para)
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
T. Frohock
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joyfully Jay
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
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
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}


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
Leaf of Absence
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.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Air and

Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, magic, queer-interest
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
Really bloody good. Amazing bromances, banter, and relationships. All round amazing and I can't recommend it enough.

Full review to come
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What?! And now I'll have to wait for another year for the next book? This is cruel and unusual punishment!
Binge reading is dangerous, people.
My review will be coming soon, but if you enjoyed The Last Sun, you'll love The Hanged Man. If you haven't read The Last Sun, WTF, do it now.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Mighty book hungover incoming. RTF

These books! The Hanged Man is the much anticipated sequel to the Last Sun and when I say much anticipated I mean I have been dreaming about reading this book for forever. And I was not disappointed: if anything THM is even better than The Last Sun. The author is more confident and he continues to build a fascinating world populated with so many engaging characters is becoming impossible to play favourites. I tried. I sat there last night when I finished the
Karen Wellsbury
Usually the 2nd book in a series can be a let down, but this was wonderful.
All the characters grew and developed Rune in particular started to have relationships - with people other than Brand !
The first book left me with questions, some of of which were answered here , some weren't and the way the world building is handles is the perfect blend of information and allowing you as a reader to discover things. Bravo
At times this was genuinely scary, Lord Hanged Man was a proper bad guy and the new
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hanged Man is the wonderful sequel to The Last Sun by KD Edwards (my review), and if you haven’t read that, what are you going here, go read the awesome book not my review. I’ve left out most names and events here so you should be fine continuing to read either way. If this reads too much like stream of consciousness gushing, sorry not sorry I loved it.

The first book is awesome, the second is excellent, there are 9 books planned in this series, the sky's the limit. TLS was fun, funny, fast,
Michael S.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything I loved about the first book holds true here, and the world-building gets a little extra love. Where The Last Sun sketched out the framework, The Hanged Man helpfully paints in more satisfying detail while leaving plenty more to discover.

Our MC and his love interest received minimal attention on their relationship, but I think that was a good choice and gave Brand the kind of focus he deserved. I want to see more of our lovers, of course, and won’t be surprised if there’s a spotlight
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome so so good . Review to come.
k reads
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forced myself to read this slow to savor.
When I was done, I started reading it again.
I can't wait for the next book.
I am cuckoo for this series.
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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)