We were very fortunate to receive an Advance Reading Copy of a new novel by KD Edwards. Below is my review of The Last Sun. We will have an interview with this first time author (published) and the homerun book he has written. The Last Sun is set to be released on June 12, 2018, check out the widgets on the side of the page or the link at the bottom of the review. Please consider pre-ordering this book.
The Last Sun
The Last Sun is a wild ride through a world where magic, mystery, and the mundane mix seamlessly while capturing your imagination with clever twists and turns. The story combines all of these elements in the telling of a fantastical, emphasis on the fantasy, tale akin to a good Sherlock Holmes story with a healthy dose of magic and a smidgen of snark (maybe more than a smidgen).
From the beginning we find ourselves in an anachronistic world where magic and fantasy live alongside the modern creating a bit of a conundrum at first, but you learn to roll with it as this first person story unfolds. That first person is Rune Saint John, the last of his family line, who was a part of the ruling class until there was a major coupe to overthrow the Sun Throne when he was a young boy.
We learn that he has a fair amount of magical ability and that he is mentally bonded with a companion whose sole function is to protect him, which comes in quite handy since he appears to be an investigator for hire in this world of intrigue where magical creatures are the norm, for example, we see sprites tending the lawns and fairies serving coffee.
His clientele, at least for the sake of this book, is a very powerful member of the Arcana (based on the Tarot), or ruling class, of the Atlantean people. Rune is sent on a quest to find a member of one of the royal families, and quest it is, not unlike a Dungeons and Dragons quest, only with cars and cell phones….
Some of Rune’s “party” are his companion, a ward from another quest, and, to a lesser extent his housekeeper, and others who come and go throughout the book.
Rune’s quest to investigate and ultimately rescue the other royal immediately gets derailed by intrigue and side quests, that serve as plot twists that keep it fresh and interesting. There is even a bit of romance and some sexual content, but nothing pornographic. The twists continue until the very last page where it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger where the next book is set to pick up.
I enjoyed reading this book immensely especially some of the snarky dialog, mostly from Brand who is Rune’s companion. The story is well told and keeps you on the edge of your seat during some of the more energetic “scenes”. As I said in the beginning, this is such a wild ride I couldn’t put it down until I was done, and then I was sad because the next book isn’t due for a few months. I am very much looking forward to the next installment in the Tarot Sequence.
For a first novel from an author, The Last Sun is a home run right out of the gate, to mix metaphors. I would encourage anyone with a penchant for fantasy/ mystery/ detective stories with a gay theme to pick up this book, it definitely fits in that niche. And if you are a fan of any of those genre’s, in general, you may find it intriguing as well.
• Series: The Tarot Sequence (Book 1)
• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: Pyr (June 12, 2018)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1633884236
• ISBN-13: 978-1633884236
K.D. Edwards lives and writes in North Carolina, but has spent time in Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, New Hampshire, Montana, and Washington State. (Common theme until NC: Snow. So, so much snow.) Mercifully short careers in food service, interactive television, corporate banking, retail management, and bariatric furniture have led to a much less short career in higher education, currently for the University of North Carolina System.
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