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The Last Sun

(The Tarot Sequence #1)

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Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.

With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis.
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Pyr
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Kathy
I've been sitting on this review for over a month, all the while rewriting and tweaking and coming to the realization that a written review can't properly encompass the adoration I have for this story and its characters. A hundred gifs of muppet flails would be a better representation of my feelings, but I figure I still have some shred of respectability and professionalism to maintain.

But that was more or less my experience reading this book--every cell of my body flailing their tiny
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Jenni Lea
I adore this story. So much, I've listened to it twice. I thought the narrator was perfect for this book. He got the humor and his timing was perfect. I can't wait for the next book!

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I love this book more and more with every re-listen.
Renée
~4.5 stars!~

SO much to like about this book!

1. The banter - Rune and Brand, as best friends, as Companions, were my favorite part of this book.
"It's a cock ring," Brand told Matthias.
"Godsdammit," I said. "It's a sigil. I have a Shatter spell in it. Do you know how few scions can pull off Shatter?"
"His magic cock ring," Brand said.

I adored seeing such a strong bond between best friends and having it not interfere when the romance with Addam and Rune started.

2. Brand is the best friend I
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/24/...

It can be a dog-eat-dog world out there—especially if you’re an Atlantean. Rune Saint John learned that lesson early on the hard way, following a bloody coup on his family when he was just a young boy, which tragically resulted in the complete destruction of the Sun Court. Now, years later, rumors about that day still fly among the elites of New Atlantis, who love to gossip about the Sun’s sole survivor whenever the
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Leaf of Absence
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edited to add some awesome The Last Sun fan art by Vic (@bloodwrit)

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Rating: 9.5/10 Pyroblasts

The Last Sun is an urban fantasy novel with lots of queer characters, magic, and the undead - and of course Atlanteans who live on Nantucket cuz they blew up Atlantis in tragic world war. It is funny and dramatic and action packed.

The Atlanteans haven’t quite given up their warmongering, even though they’ve had to colonize a lovely former vacation island in the human realm, which now runs rampant with
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
This is a new author and new-to-me narrator, and they both make a hell of an impression. While this didn't quite have the emotional depth I usually require for 5-star reads, it was so much fun and generally well-written that I can't give it less than five stars. And it was emotional when it needed to be, even though all the MCs were a bunch of dude-bros (but not douchey dude-bros, have no fear).

So you've got Rune St. John, the last of the Sun Court, which fell twenty years earlier when Rune was
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Michael S.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
It took me a bit of time and a minor leap of faith to get there, but I’m glad I gave this one a chance.

The urban fantasy/alternate history/fantasy kitchen sink setting was somewhat overwhelming at first, and there is no single, massive exposition dump that prepares you. The characters also don’t give many outright “as you know” speeches. It’s a great way to tell a story, but there’s a lot of potential for confusion in the early chapters.

This is not primarily an M/M romance, but it does have some
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Karen
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: Josy
This was...WOW!!! Simply WOW!!!! New to me narrator, new to me author and I loved them both. I'm already into the next books so, I'll be back later with a more complete review but in a nutshell if you enjoy fantasy and want something with snark and humor...seriously check this one out it's simply awesome!!!!

So many thank yous to my cyber child for this super holiday gift.
Kristen Burns
4.5 Stars? 5 Stars? IDK, decisions are hard.

Review:
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

This was the first book in a new series, and between the realistic characters, adorable friendship, unique world-building, and detailed magic system, it's off to an amazing start!

This book was urban fantasy, but more unique, and I loved it. It took place in New Atlantis, which exists in our world but is like a little country of its own where the Atlanteans
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Megan
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, bromance
I know I'm not the only one with a distressingly large amount of books on my tbr pile. But sometimes a book catches your eye, and it has a pretty cover or the protagonist has a cool name and you think, sorry tbr, but why not. These spur of the moment books often turn out to be just ok, sometimes less than ok, sometimes more. And sometimes, just sometimes mind you- it wouldn't be one of the most special things about being an avid read if it happened all the time- but sometimes the book you never ...more
Logan
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
As a queer tarot reader and lover of fantasy novels, this novel piqued my interest. I ultimately found it lacking, and downright offensive.

The premise? Very interesting. The sarcastic protagonist? Interesting as well. The breakneck pace? Tiresome. The basic vernacular? Disappointing. The total absence of dimensional female characters? Problematic. The harem of horny men trying to seduce or force themselves on the protagonist, who happens to be a rape survivor himself? Disgusting. The graphic
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Jenia
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh man this book was a ride. It's very, VERY fun, and I highly recommend it to any fan of the Heartstrikers series. The character moments are all very sweet, ridiculous, funny, etc. The completely ridiculous Brand is my fave, to no one's surprise lol. And the action scenes are really badass! In short, again: FUN.
CW for rape.
Lindsay M.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy. SHIT.

Do not sleep on this book.

It's hilarious, heartbreaking, original, queer, and incredibly well written. I don't think I've ever read a book where I can't pick a favorite character. I can't even pick between four. They fly off the page, and there is so much depth to this world that I can't wait to reread it and immerse myself again and again.

If you love fantasy, you have to try this.

ETA after 3rd reread: The audio is AMAZING! Highly, highly recommend. Definitely keeping this narrator
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Kathleen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Brilliant. Gorgeous prose. Beautifully drawn characters. Outstanding world building. Exquisitely imagined. I was nearly breathless as I finished. Probably this year's best read for me, along with Harper Fox's Brothers of the Wild North Sea.

Oh, more please!
Karen Wellsbury
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fantastic, fast paced, brilliant world building, wonderful characters, Sun and Brand have a wonderful bond and friendship that lights up this book. And there is clearly a much bigger picture.

The world building really is wonderful, using the magical place hidden in plain sight New Atlantis is fascinating. I kept thinking that the time frame was 'in the past' until something current would be said/ mentioned and I was reminded that this is 100% urban fantasy. The tarot houses who rule New Atlantis
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


There is so much in this book to gush about, and so much more to say about the characters, but this review has already gone on a bit long, so I’ll try to be succinct. The world building in this book is amazing. It reminds me a bit of the Chronicles of Amber by Zelazny; not so much the writing, though Edwards does have a nice clean, crisp writing style that I found easy and absorbing to read, but in the deft, deceptively easy way his world blends magic and modern
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Kristen
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Full review is here, on my blog!~

Oh man, this book was an absolute delight. It had me laughing from page one. The banter between Brand and Rune was absolutely awesome. This was entirely my cup of tea, so obviously I cheered for these two from beginning to end.

This is the story of Rune Saint John, who is the last scion of the Court of the Sun. The Sun being one of the Arcana, or one of the houses of the Atlantean nobility. They live in New Atlantis (since humans wrecked the other one, yeah that
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wanderer (Para)
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to wanderer (Para) by: Sharade
Once again, Sharade got me to read a book. And once again, it was fantastic. I took it with me on a train ride and finished it literally in one single sitting. It read that fast. If you're looking for something ridiculously fun, with great characters, tarot-based magic, loads of action, LGBTQ+ rep, and plenty of banter, this is the book for you.
My name is Rune Saint John.

I am, before anything else, a survivor: of a fallen House, of a brutal assault, of violent allies and complacent enemies, of
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thefourthvine
I really enjoyed this. Solid worldbuilding, characters I liked, a platonic soulbond, intrigue and mysteries, and a compelling m/m romance. I read this quickly and spent especially the last half of the book eager to see what happened next. I’m looking forward to the next one. And yet I’m going to spend most of this review talking about the things I didn’t like.

I was disappointed that this has the flaw that a lot of m/m books do, in which women are there to be mothers, servants, and enemies, and
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Stephanie
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An urban fantasy with fascinatingly unique world-building and real heart, full of characters whose relationships I care about SO much. Perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews (as I am)! I checked out a library copy this time, but now I’m planning to buy a copy of my own for future re-reads.

TW: the hero, Rune, is a rape survivor (it happened 20 years before the events of this book), and while the subject is handled sensitively, he does experience a few extremely vivid (brief) flashbacks.

The magic in
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Kathleen
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this stunning urban fantasy that I first read last year and placed on my "Best of 2018" list. Unfortunately I was not enamored with the narrator of the audiobook. He reminded me of an over-stimulated puppy. Not quite right for this story. I still enjoyed the retelling, but sincerely hope the author/publisher finds someone less frenetic, with a wider vocal range, for the next in the series.
Daniel
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
TL;DR: Starts pretty bad, but improves steadily and just manages to scrape out a 4 by the end. Rune, the MC/narrator, never really gels as a character. The writing is uneven and issues abound, though I will lay most of those at the editor's feet given this is a debut author.

Urban Fantasy and I have a strained relationship. I grew up on genre fiction. I love genre fiction. But "magic" and "super powers" lost their appeal long ago, and the whole era of whiney emo vampires that Anne Rice spawned
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Summer
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was ridiculously good.
Tammy
Jun 10, 2018 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: Bursting with complex magic, populated with fascinating and lovable characters, and written in sparkling prose, The Last Sun can’t possibly be a debut. And yet.

Pyr is knocking it out of the park lately, folks. And I mean you need to start paying attention if you aren’t already. After I was bowled over by Tracy Townsend’s
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Adri
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another addition to my all time favorites shelf! I’ve read this book a while ago but I just couldn’t figure out how to put my feelings into words. I can only say that I absolutely love The Last Sun and that I am DESPERATE for many more installments in this series.

My Thoughts

The Last Sun is a unique Urban Fantasy set in New Atlantis, where magical beings of all imagination co-exist. This modern-day Atlantis is governed by the Arcana, powerful rulers of their respective courts. The Arcana are
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ttg
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Really enjoyable and fast-paced (action-packed) urban fantasy with fun characters, and for the audiobook, a fantastic narrator. TW for mentions/flashbacks to sexual assault.

What I liked: I picked this up because of the reviews on audible. There were multiple ones saying "Wow, this was surprisingly great!" (Surprising as this is a new author and people didn't know what to expect.) And that's how I felt. This was a fun and great urban fantasy read with interesting world-building, fun
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Alison
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this. What an entertaining and exciting queer urban fantasy! It's vivid, funny, imaginative, gripping, fast-paced, creepy, poignant, and well written. Rune, our enigmatic eponymous MC, is a fantastic character and his narration is so entertaining. The secondary characters are amazing and Brand is wonderful. He and Rune have the best relationship--they're best friends and brothers and are completely devoted to each other. Excellent characters all around. The romance part of the ...more
Rosa
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2019
I loved every minute of this. I'm not so fond of urban fantasy, I usually prefer high fantasy. I find difficult to enter in a world not so different from ours but with magic and strange creatures, but the world building in this one was really interesting and, in my opinion, well done. At first it could be a bit confusing but as you continue reading it becomes clearer. Magic and "normal" world are now one after a war in the magic world ended revealing magic to everyone.
This is a cruel world,
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T. Frohock
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually read The Hanged Man first, and I enjoyed the adventures of Rune, Addam, and Brand so much, I went back and picked up The Last Sun.

You can read these books in any order and not miss a thing, but the true beauty of these novels are the intricate relationships between Edwards' characters. They're brought to life and made to feel human in so many ways. The scene with poor, stoned, Max almost broke me for the gentle way that Edwards showed Max's angst without seeping into melodrama. The
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Scott Reintgen
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An urban fantasy that has as much beauty as it has teeth. Edwards takes the promises of his genre and outruns all possible expectations. New Atlantis is the kind of world that invites readers to wander away from the characters and get lost in the endless sprawl. We'd disappear early and often into the world Edwards offers us if it wasn't so breathtakingly addictive to follow Rune and Brand instead. The dynamic duo at the center of this story will find themselves sneaking onto every list of ...more
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“Brand’s my partner,” I said. “Not just a Companion. He comes with me.”
“Plus,” Brand said, “I hear all the cool bodyguards love to shut their clients in a strange room with a strange man. Extra points when zombies are involved.”
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“Didn’t you know what his father was like—what kind of ability Rune has inherited? Those aren’t just shoes to fill, it’s the whole fucking shoe factory. Don’t you ever doubt whether he can do what he says.” 3 likes
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