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Summary

As Rune Saint John grapples with the challenges of assuming the Sun Throne, a powerful barrier appears around New Atlantis’ famed rejuvenation center. But who could have created such formidable magic...what do they want from the immortality clinic...and what remains of the dozens trapped inside?

Though Rune and his lifelong bodyguard, Brand, are tasked with investigating the mysterious barrier, Rune is also busy settling into his new life at court. Claiming his father’s throne has irrevocably thrown him into the precarious world of political deception, and he must secure relationships with newfound allies in time to keep his growing found family safe. His relationship with his lover, Addam Saint Nicholas, raises additional political complications they must navigate. But he and Brand soon discover that the power behind the barrier holds a much more insidious, far-reaching threat to his family, to his people, and to the world.

Now, the rulers of New Atlantis must confront an enemy both new and ancient as the flow of time itself is drawn into the conflict. And as Rune finds himself inexorably drawn back to the fall of his father’s court and his own torture at the hands of masked conspirators, the secrets that he has long guarded will be dragged into the light—changing the Sun Throne, and New Atlantis, forever.

The climax of the first trilogy in the nine-book Tarot Sequence, The Hourglass Throne delivers epic urban fantasy that blends humor, fast-paced action, and political intrigue.

©2022 K.D. Edwards (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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Not my fave of the series...

Wavering about my rating for this one, but finally settled on 4.25 stars. The narration as usual was very good, but there were a few errors and the quality didn't seem to be as good?? Not sure what was going on sometimes Audible, so that's down to you and your production team I think. The story? Well, I was left with more questions than answers, the story threads seemed to come together but I'm not sure whether a throuple/threesome is on the cards in future for Rune/Brand/Addam [or if I even like that idea] cause Addam certainly seems to be getting in the middle of Rune and Brand a helluva lot.

I still love the kids, Corbie seems to be growing into powers they didn't realise he had, and Annawan Dawncreek has a dragon as her aspect...awesome!! Zurah, Lady Death, is a fantastic ally although we do lose some Arcana in this story. Ciaran finally comes clean and reveals he is...no spoilers [but Rune had already guessed], and perhaps other Arcana will join Rune and Lady Death in wanting to modernise the Convocation.

Who knows when book 4 of the series, but book 1 of the next trilogy will appear...I'll be waiting patiently.

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Brilliant series

Loved this series. The books are really brought to life by the narrator. Highly recommended if you love magic, adventure with some suspence, along with a wooly rhinoceros and some love interest.

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Love it

Absolutely love these series. The only thing I didn’t understand is how an “Arcana” can die without using their special life force to defend themselves.

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Superb!

Just brilliant!

Seems like an age since The Hanged Man was released, but DEFINITELY worth the wait!

You won’t be disappointed, loved the plot, albeit I was certainly not expecting the twist in this audiobook/book 😱

Excellently narrated by Josh Hurley - stunning performance 🎭

Can’t wait to hear more!


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I tried to make this last - I failed

I tried so hard to make this last, knowing that it would be a long time before I got the next instalment.. I think I managed to make it last 4 days, and I'm a slow reader. This is just amazing so many amazing reveals, Funny, heartfelt, shocking, frightening in places, it took me on such a journey as all the books have so far a brilliant culmination to a brilliant first trilogy. I love it so much. I have been recommending it to any one I can get to listen to me for more than 2 minutes. I love it so much. I 've brought the entire trilogy twice; both paperback and audiobook

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another great listen

Been waiting a long time for this one, but in was worth it. Going to have to listen from book one again just to be engrossed back into the story. One of my personal best series that I've ever listened too. Can not wait for the next instalment from this series as well as future books from K.D.Edwards.

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Such a good story….

I love this series, this book was action packed from the very beginning, I cried and I hope there is a way for things to be different in future books…

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superb story telling

a wonderful sword and sorcery tale with well developed characters. The importance and value of found family is explored tenderly

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One of the best I have read in so long

A beautiful end to this trilogy very emotional with characters you really care about a must read.

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all the stars

this series continues to be brilliant. i absolutely love the characters and their relationships. there were a lot of action and truly emotional moments. i still believe this is the best of urban fantasy currently getting publish. also the performance is beyond amazing.

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  • Janel Carr
  • 18-05-22

O.M.G.

Wow. That was intense, amazing, heart wrenching, and just plain stunning! I am completely blown away with the 3rd book in this excellent series. I always thought it was inevitable, no matter who the author, that in a series each subsequent book would be less than the previous one. K.D. Edwards has totally blown that theory out of the water with this one though. Between his gift for story telling and Josh Hurley's ability to bring things to vivid reality with his narration I enjoyed every single second of this book. Even the parts that had me grabbing the tissues by the handful.

I can not recommend this series enough and my single complaint is that we have to wait now for book 4 to release.

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  • SMC
  • 18-05-22

I love these books!

Dear K. D. Edwards,

Thank you for the work and effort you put into these books. Thank you for showing that LGBTQ people can be strong and brave. Thank you for making a world where we can escape to. Thank you for sharing Rune & Brand with us. Thank you for showing how we build our own families. How love and family doesn’t have to be just blood relatives. How people can over come their trauma. Thank you for writing something of substance. I love your books. Reading them makes me feel like I am part of Rune’s family too. Thank you!

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  • Phx17
  • 21-05-22

Everyone should have a Brand

“There’s not a training manual titled Sh!t We Keep Secret.”
Whoo. I need a moment. Or twenty. That was everything. How to pay it forward? Maybe advice to the potential listener? Spoiler free ode to this book and the series follows.
If you’re new to the series, don’t start here; this is a complex storyline with a unique UF world and a dizzying cast. Although there is a stand alone mystery in this book 3, it’s woven into the whole and
simply cannot be appreciated without books 1 & 2.

“I look like sh!t? Me? Jesus Fing Chr!st you look like the tree that Charlie Brown dragged home.”
Yeah. The mouth on this series continues. I normally eschew such language as unnecessarily crass, but here it's necessary, especially for the twisted, damaged dynamic that comes from Rune, Brand, and
The Sun House’s past.

“You know you’re at your best when your back is to the Fing wall. Rune: Fing wall. Wall: Fing Rune.”
This storyline involves time (the Hourglass in the title, duh) and I was worried about this involving some deus ex machina timeline trope. But, that was not a problem here. Like book 2, the time aspect was fresh and captivating. Can I just take a moment to gush about the author’s ability to write crazy good plots and create deliciously menacing baddies? The danger! The horror! I need to paint my nails like Rune to stop all that stress biting.

“If you are picking me, then I am picking you.”
Even more than the tension, however, what expands the most in this book is the heart. I love, love, love that this series has such an extended cast of families and friends. Rune, Brand, and Addam. The kids Max, Quinn, Anna and Corby. Lord Tower and Lady Death. Kiernan and Lane. So many relationships, so many heart-squeezing ugly-crying and Grinch sized heart-expanding moments.

“Sleep well my friend, until the current brings us together.”
Compared to the previous books, the ratio of fun/humor to trauma/dark skews more to the latter. This is a series unafraid to kill key, supporting characters. But, in my opinion, this is a good thing. This isn’t going to be like Dresden or Iron Druid, where the series continues aimlessly, like a TV series coming up with episodes until the ratings wither. This is a plotted out, nine book, and most importantly, closed arc. For the arc to have meaning and depth, there needs to be an Empire Strikes Back middle, with loss, pain, and hitting of rock bottom. All this so that we come out the other side screaming, bawling “yes, yes, yes!”

“Does this mean I’m wearing your socks?”
Not to worry, though. There’s still enough humor, heart and a dino-rhino named Flynn to shine a blazing light against the approaching dark.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-22

Wow!!

I’m not exactly sure where to start with my review but if you’ve followed the series you will not be disappointed with this third installment. I do not want to give any spoilers what so ever but I have never cried reading a book as much as I did to this one! I am patiently waiting for the next one and I hope we will see all of the characters again.

Between the story and the narration truly a 5 star review!

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  • Hayden Flores
  • 23-05-22

I am in love with the Tarot sequence

I have been waiting for this book for months almost a year because I happened to find the first one and immediately read the second one. the characters in this story (to me) are so well written, the emotions in this one got to me more than once. wish they made a series of movies or option into a show

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  • Cassandra
  • 23-05-22

Waited a long time for this

and I couldn't be happier! I love this series
K.D. Edwards and Josh Hurley are Gold!
So cool :)

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  • Carol
  • 27-06-22

Narration was STELLAR, story was not

I do have a longer review of this book, but since it hits the word limit I'll try to keep it short here.

Content notes include gore, graphic depictions of violence, deaths, mass murders, mass graves, suicide bombings, feelings of suicidal ideation, character is misgendered once but the character who did it corrects herself pretty quickly, flashbacks and mentions of a graphic rape and sexual assault that happened to the main character as a teenager, multiple animal deaths, multiple mentions of the COVID-19 pandemic, kidnapping, blood magic, characters losing body parts, and mentions of a character being buried alive. Additional content notes are on the author's website.

This book is the last book in THIS story arc and there's 2 more story arcs to go, with a total of 6 books left in this series. That definitely means that there's a lot of questions that are left unanswered after reading The Hourglass Throne, and there's a lot in the story that isn't resolved. Do I feel like I can even sum up this story arc and what its purpose was? Not really? But I admit, the only time I deal with long series books that DO have story arcs, they're only in the mystery genre, and this is not that. Which makes this so much more confusing FOR ME, because it doesn't really feel like there was a set beginning and end to this story arc in the same way that I'm used to from mystery books. Is it about Rune setting up his court? Discovering more names behind the carriage house...incident? That's still an ongoing mystery. The romance in this is still a mystery. What have we accomplished with this story arc and trilogy? I don't know. There's just a lot of unanswered questions (which, I kind of get since this is a 9-book series), but even within the events of this book there's stuff that was skipped over or seem more like plot holes to me.

This book is somehow a combination of things I personally just don't like reading, so that's probably why this book is not my favorite and why reading this book was a bit of a chore? What I don't love about this book is the inclusion of the pandemic and the introduction of a sort of time-travel into the story. Also, this book almost requires readers to read and familiarize themselves with all the short story extras that can only be found on the author's website and not very many might know about them? I wasn't a fan of including those events into the canon in the main stories.

Logically, I KNOW this isn't a Romance with a capital R. With this book and this series, it's a slow burn that's SO slow (especially when you take into account how much time it takes for each book to come out) to the point where it feels like nothing is happening. Are we getting a polyam relationship between Rune, Addam, and Brand, or not? We're led to believe there's SOMETHING developing between Addam and Brand, but then Rune mentioned something about not feeling romantically towards Brand or something? Like Rune had a talla bond with Brand, and Addam feels one with Rune. I know that Rune loves Brand and Brand loves Rune more than anything in the world, but romantically? It's odd how we're still stuck in limbo at the end of this book and story arc, with only a hint that there might be something more to Addam and Brand. Hopefully, we get a faster resolution to their relationship then waiting for book 9. I would cry. Unlike these Atlanteans, we are not getting any younger and there's only so much I can stand watching a relationship get drawn out.

I like the characters for the most part, but there's so MANY characters that it becomes hard to keep track of everyone. There's no real reference for all of them, so I know for me it's hard to keep track of who's who especially if you're not like me and listening to the audiobook AND following along with the book in text. I was confused enough while following along with text.

I DO have some positives about this book I want to make sure to point out. This book introduced me to buttered oranges, and while it sounds like it'll clog up my arteries, I need to find out how to make them. Hands down, favorite moment was Lord Tower and Mayan having a moment where Lord Tower pulls Mayan out of his trance and possessively says, "mine".

This book is great in audiobook and the fact that Josh Hurley (the narrator) had to say the words "Squam Swamp" was hilarious. Josh Hurley does an amazing job with the time jump chapters in this book. That was TOP TIER acting. He deserves an Audie award JUST for that alone because he was acting his butt off. Someone give this narrator a trophy.

The key moment for me that turned this book around for me so it wasn't a 1-star book is the ending. I thought the scene where we got moments and a perspective into everyone's talk with the river just absolutely devastating. I sobbed. Honestly, THIS was the moment that saved the book for me because I was having such a hard time with the story and the plot, but the angst here really worked. See also: Corbie and the video. Didn't see that one coming and had me sobbing all over again.

My love for this series has definitely been derailed by this book. It WAS going swimmingly for me and I could overlook the minor things in books 1 and 2 that I might not have liked, but this book was a mess for me from the moment the pandemic was mentioned and only steadily got worse. I don't know what would get me to love this series again. Maybe more books and seeing the story really tie everything together in a neat bow? I don't know. But I'm happy to get my feelings for this book written out now, and I can finally move away to read something else.

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  • Larry
  • 23-05-22

Amazing

This story is amazing and I can’t wait for the next book. Highly recommend this series.

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  • Corey
  • 23-05-22

A must listen

Such an amazing book by K.D. Edwards, and I know the fans are happy to have the vocal talents of Josh Hurley. The completion of Rune, Brand, and Adam’s story is amazing!

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  • Rudy Nava
  • 20-05-22

Phenomenal

So F-ing good! I hate that there's not more right now. I need more. God waiting for more of this amazing story hurts. I hope the next book comes sooner.

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