Publisher: Blooding Books
Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone)
Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.
Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most. Let him go, and give him what he desires. Peace.
Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants—the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.
Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.
Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?
My Rating: 4
Knight of Wands creates an engrossing fantasy world that will captivate readers from the very beginning. World-building at its finest, I could not get enough of the setting and history behind it. Between the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families, I definitely developed a thirst for more.
I should probably note that I did not read Fall of Sky City, although - despite the likely spoilers - I may go back and do so now. Knight of Wands can absolutely be read as a stand-alone, and I definitely enjoyed it as one. There are very few downsides to this. The beginning of the book was a little slow, as a bit of a catch-up occurred, but the pacing quickly picked up. In addition, initially it was slightly daunting to keep up with all the characters. However, neither of these take much at all away from the reading experience. (Although, a reader's companion to the series would be pretty fantasic.)
I really enjoyed the characterization of Synn. Although I did not get to discover exactly what he was like in the previous book, his growth as a character was still clear throughout Knight of Wands. Like most excellent characters, Synn has to deal with a lot as the story progresses, but I think he handled his decisions well and true to character.
Synn also creates a great voice for the novel. The strong diction and clear personality really added to the reading experience as well as the relationship between reader and character. With a few minor exceptions, the pacing was excellent, and allows for the reader to easily become consumed with this new world.
I absolutely loved the imagery of Knight of Wands. An important part of a good novel is being able to thoroughly visualize the actions taking place. There was a lot of action in the novel, and having the breathtaking visuals both in the writing (and added by the occasional illustration) created a deeper understanding of the plot.
I really enjoyed reading the high concept adventure of Knight of Wands, and the themes it has to display. All around, a pretty good read.
SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation.She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.
She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!