Tuesday again? No problem.
For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to talk about my favorite series, The Tarot Sequence by KD Edwards. Currently, there are two books out, The Last Sun followed by The Hanged Man, with a (free!!!) novella that takes place between the two stories, The Sunken Mall, dropping soon on May 29th. The series follows Rune Saint John, last surviving member of the fallen Sun Court, as he battles monsters alongside his trusty companion Brand and works to uncover the secrets surrounding his family and court’s massacre. It takes place in New Atlantis, a secret world off the coast of Massachusetts discovered through the advent of satellites and GPS, where powerful Courts, based off of the Tarot deck, reign supreme.
1. The writing, oh my god, the writing
Edwards’ writing is engaging, funny, descriptive, and a thousand other positive adjectives that my quarantine brain cannot come up with. From the start, I was drawn into the snarky banter between Rune and Brand, the fast-paced action scenes, and the incredible world building. The series promises 9 full length novels with shorts in between, so hang on to your seats, we’re in for one hell of a ride.
2. The extremely lovable and endearing cast of characters
How can I choose a favorite? I have literally fallen in love with every single character, and I don’t have the time to sing individual praises (ok, I do, but we’d be here forever), but I have imprinted hard on this cast (Max!! My snarky disaster son!! Quinn!! My precious boy!! BRAND!!). Seriously, my descriptions won’t do them justice. All I can do is scream.
3. Three words: Amazing! Queer! Rep!
If you’re looking for a series with diverse queer rep, look no further. Rune, our main character, is gay, but we’ve also got confirmed ace (your local ace *points at self* is hollering) and non-binary rep in the Tarot Mini: scenes from quarantine that KD has been posting on Twitter (because he is a gift).
4. The cover art
I have already admitted that the cover art was what drew me into picking up the first book, but damn that cover art is gorgeous. I will not get over this any time soon. Yes. I am very shallow.
5. The fanart
This fandom is filled with incredible creatives that have made some incredible things for the series (an interpretive dance! A song! Poetry! ART!) which you can see highlighted on KD’s website here. Speaking of which, if you are a visual artist, there is currently a competition that ends May 25th to design the cover for The Sunken Mall! Check out the details here.
6. KD Edwards himself
Hello, we stan a king. KD is one of the nicest authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with and I am so?? Blessed?? With his friendship?? Don’t look at me, I’m going to get emotional.
7. The way KD takes reader feedback into account
Hello, we stan a king. He took feedback on representation in book one and turned it around like a champ in book two. Book one was great, still a solid 5 star read for me, but book two blew me and all my hyped up expectations out of the water. Hats off.
8. The extra content
What started out as a short story set between books one and two has now turned into a full novella, and KD is dropping it for heckin’ free on May 29th. Stay tuned, y’all! KD has also been blessing us with little canon (!!!) snippets of quarantine scenes that you can find on his Twitter.
9. The memes
This is not a serious blog. Ok, so I run the IncorrectTarot Twitter account (because I don’t have a life, don’t look at me like that) and honestly, it’s so much fun. The series is already hilarious and sometimes when I’m coming up with the new tweets, I laugh to myself. It’s great. We’ve also got a meme channel in the Discord (see below!) and it’s on fire.
10. Last but not least, the incredible fan community
You’ve never met fans and readers as nice as these. As some of you may know, I was part of the Street Team that helped promote the release of The Hanged Man, which helped me get through a really rough patch in my life. After, I started a Discord server to yell about the books with other people, and oh how we have grown. Every single person is so wonderful, positive, and supportive, and I’ve made some really great friends. If I talk about this too much, I’m going to start crying and then this post is never going up, but I am so thankful for every single person I’ve met through this series and I love you all so much!
So, if my above screaming has not convinced you to pick up this series, please consider that The Last Sun. sitting pretty at 4.2 stars on Goodreads after a whopping 2,383 ratings, and The Hanged Man is at 4.6 with 1,129 ratings. Thousands of other people have enjoyed this series, and I think you would too. Queer urban fantasy, snark, RPG-based action – what more can you ask for?
With love, Pei