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. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune’s Court.
In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family’s death and the torments of his past?
How much did I love this book? Enough that I was sitting in a Cirque de Soleil performance and literally wishing intermission would happen faster so I could get back to reading. Damn this book was fantastic. Fun fact, Cirque de Soleil performances have no intermission.
What really makes this book is the main character Rune. He’s a sassy hot mess that absolutely refuses to back down from a challenge and I love him for it. Rune has a lot of depth and a lot of anger due to being the sole survivor and heir to a family that was massacred for unknown reasons, yet he manages to hold himself so well. I loved his interactions with Brand, his sworn human protector, and Lord Tower, an older(?) mentor-like figure after the death of, well, his entire household.
This is one of the few times I’ll ever say this, but I loved the romance in this book. The Last Sun blurbs itself as an M/M Urban Fantasy and the budding romance between Rune and Addam is just adorable to read. When I started reading, I was under the impression that Rune and Brand were together purely based on how much shit they gave each other, but nope, turns out they’re just extremely close childhood friends. Instead, Rune (slowly, very slowly) finds getting flirted at and it was fun to see him just ??? when trying to figure out how to respond.
The part I wasn’t expecting to jump out at me with this book was the worldbuilding. The magic and the “fantasy” part of this book comes from the personification of the Tarot Cards Arcana. (not sure if that’s the right term, I know very little about tarot cards but the art is pretty). Each of the 22 Major Arcana are represented by houses with a ruler as that Arcana personified. Rune, being the last of his family, is the heir to the Sun House (Number??). Lord Tower acts the Tower personified. We got a little backstory into the Arcana history, but there’s a whole layer of Tarot Card Politics that I just cannot wait to read more about.
Overall, I rate this book a 5/5. I admit I read very little urban fantasy, but I think I can already say this book is one of my favorites of the genre. Between the fascinating Tarot/Arcana worldbuilding, the M/M romance, and the absolutely amazing cast, this book is a must-read.
/r/Fantasy 2018-2019 Bingo Squares
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