• The Hourglass Throne

  • The Tarot Sequence, Book 3
  • By: K. D. Edwards
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (775 ratings)

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The Hourglass Throne

By: K. D. Edwards
Narrated by: Josh Hurley
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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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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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Mostly angst and fighting

The reviews warned me that this book was darker than the rest, and that was an understatement. Perhaps 4 hours out of the 14 were not fighting. And it got much darker than just fighting, including detailed threats of torture, multiple captures, basically one bad thing after another. Many deaths, much fighting, much angst. That being said, I think this book is very important to the overall arc of the series storyline, and so I encourage you to purchase and listen to the book for that purpose if you intend to continue with the series. Just know that this will probably not be your favorite book in the series. Let us all hope that the author got that darkness out of his creative flow, and we'll get some more lighter and brighter times with Rune, Brand, Addam, and "their kids". Although it was a difficult listen due to the almost nonstop threats and fighting, this book is important because it does move the story arc forward in an overall positive direction for Rune and crew.

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  • RR
  • 10-27-22

Great addition to the series. The narrator shift was unfortunate. New narrator is still good.

The narrator changed partway through the book. The new one is very good still, but I didn’t like the change after having listened to the other voice for the first two books and part of this one.

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The Pillar of a Great Trilogy!

Sometimes you come across a book or series of books that just absolutely leave you stunned and speechless, when you try to consider just HOW MUCH happens and how intricately a story is being woven together. Well, damn if this is just that book and series!

Holy crap. This book deserves way more than just the 5 stars I can give it. I am floored by the fact that this is just the first 3 of 9 total books - and if this much has happened in these few books then I can’t even begin to imagine what depths the author is going to take us too in the future.

So much happened and was revealed here, that there really isn’t anyway I could hope to recount all the ways this story was nothing short of phenomenal. Per usual, Rune, Adam and Brand are my favorite trio, and the way that their love is starting to become more shared is just nothing short of the most perfect combination or the ideal platonic and romantic relationship triangle that I could only hope to get from a story like this. We have Addam that is so clearly in love with Rune for who he is and is willing to do anything for him, and then we have Brand who would literally serve as his shield if he had to because of their bond. AND not to give anything away, but I saw sparks of “something” in all this relationship that I really, really hope is what I think it is!

I loved that we got the time between Addam and Rune alone in this book that served as a great way to bring these two together even closer than before. My one and ONLY quirk with them is that other than that brief scene in book 1 we’ve saw nothing of their intimate relationship other than passing mentions of kissing or cuddling. This is totally able to be overlooked though because their relationship feels SO authentic and romantic that it renders the intimacy in the story pointless. Although, I also can’t help but wonder if maybe they haven’t been intimate? Especially since I’m book 2 Rune confessed he wasn’t all that comfortable with that yet because of his trauma. I’m not sure. But I really do hope we get something in the coming books that’s maybe a smidge steamier.

Either way, nothing will keep me from reading every book in this series as they are released. I am SO mad that idk when that will be, but either way I am so stoked to see what happens next!

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The tower

In the interest of not spoiling this book let me just say it's amazing and finding out more about the Tower was just cute. I hope the next book involves some events that still needed tied up here like who is the woman in the last chapter.

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i AM NOT CRYING YOU ARE CRYING

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

HOW DARE YOU
NOT LORD TOWER
it hurt so deep the show and tell

WHY



WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT

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Ripped my heart out!

For being a book with so much adventure and fantasy, it’s so touching and beautiful. I loved it all from story to performance to development. I can’t recommend it enough

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Excellent world building!

Rune and Brand are the best duo that I have read in a really long time. Their relationship is very unique as best friends/companions and the dialogue in this book is hilarious.

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Superb, Excellent, Fun, Magical

Kept me entranced and enchanted the entire story. Josh Hurley enriched the characters and makes them come to life. K.D. Edwards writes the kind of characters I enjoy knowing. The fact that I've learned a load more about Rune, Brand, Addam and all the other memorable, wonderful, well-developed characters with each successive chapter and book, just makes me smile. This a story of struggle, rebirth, brotherhood, friendship, intrigue, fighting, magic, alliances and betrayal and, most of all, bond of love. What a joy. And so, I will keep coming back and I will keep coming back and I WILL keep coming back.

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Awesome Quality

Good story. it started off as a mystery which was good. but it also sidelined a few characters which makes sense to a degree. but there are a few things that didn't make sense with the kids. there are a few things like the null void magic that was introduced that didn't go anywhere that was kinda explained but nothing really came of it. it would have been more interesting to me if rather than being told about the events that happened with the children to show through the time viewing or mind scape interegation. But overall it was a good story continuation.

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  • Lorna
  • 10-26-22

Outstanding series!


This book is the third in the series and carries on the underlying story of Ruin, Brand, Adam and their family and friends whilst dealing with new issues and events. I won't say what happens but there are two events that have a huge impact on Ruin.
I absolutely adore this series. The books are well written with humour but most of all have a whole gamut of emotions and feelings.
The narration is spot on and I can listen for hours.
Most definitely recommend!!

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 10-22-22

Enjoyable Story

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-22

amazing as always

was sooo excited for this book and was not disappointed! the plot and characters developments are great and the lore has expanded a lot! this is just a personal preference but at some points it got a little too cheesy for me - even though i do love found family most of the time. still really enjoyed it though as that was just a personal thing and didn't really affect the entertainment of the book for me much.

as usual the narration is just out of this world, still the best narrator i've listened to, the performance is just so dynamic and really adds to the story.

cant wait for the rest of the series!!!

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  • Gemma
  • 07-27-22

TRIGGER WARNING

Great book, great read but it should come with a warning for mentions of sexual assult

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  • Shinead
  • 07-19-22

a WONDDRFUL NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! I do enjoy the struggles and solutions this story has. It keeps surprising me when I think I got the plot and turns in a totally different direction.
the narrator is great in doing all the different voices to all the different characters!

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE!!!

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  • BevS
  • 06-13-22

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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  • Jammy Red Roo
  • 06-11-22

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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  • Aleksander W.
  • 06-04-22

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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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 05-31-22

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!


Definitely gets 5🌟’s

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  • Alex S
  • 05-30-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-22

A masterpiece

An exceptional conclusion to the first trilogy in the series. By far one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too!