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Some have water as their mark, or fire, storm, and other elements we have yet to see. I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It's a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. The Hands of Tarot is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome!
I look forward to reading the next book of the series! Apr 22, Rae Ryans rated it it was amazing. In depth world, wonderful and interesting characters, strong, active plot are all words to describe Fall of Sky City. I love steam punk, I couldn't tell you why, but it's become a favorite sub-genre of fantasy. Perhaps it's the geek in me, falling in love with the technology, Eco-systems, and so forth. Fall of Sky City brought a lot of that to the table, with magic to boot. But what I really loved most of all were the creatures, and the idea of symbiosis that occurred with the Families.
It didn't In depth world, wonderful and interesting characters, strong, active plot are all words to describe Fall of Sky City. It didn't matter if it was land, sea, or the air, they worked and developed relationships with these creatures. The Hands were the complete opposite, and much like the world we know today. The Queens Greed, strife, follow or die attitudes But back to Nix, she rules with an iron fist.
Fall to her feet or die, that's her motto, unless of course you are a highly gifted or unique Mark. Then she'll break you until your world, your existence is to serve her. Synn is barely a man when he watches his father die at the hand of Queen Nix. Even though he's too old for proper training, she wants him for his Mark and other, more well Over the course of a year, she starves him, beats him, and tortures him until he can take no more and gives in. At least that is what she believes, and that is all that matters to Synn as he begins to attend school, and eventually leads him to make friends with two other captured Families children.
But they aren't kids anymore, they've grown up under Hand rule, but secretly they plot their escape. From here the story really blooms, and unfolds into a wild adventure for Synn who must first learn who he is, and then find the faith within himself to lead his people, and friends, in the Fall of Sky City. May 02, Stacey Blake rated it it was amazing. I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I was transported to another world by descriptions of underwater cities, boats that travel the sky, and the many creatures that inhabit that world. The main character Synn is very likable.
He is brave, strong, and does what is right, not what is easy. He is captured and brought to Sky City. Their queen, Nix, makes it her mission to make Synn hers, which she does viciously. He es I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. There, he learns to use his very powerful Mark and plans are made to bring down the evil Hands, who rule mercilessly.
Synn is on a path on self-discovery, to find out just what it takes to be the leader he is meant to be. His life is not turning out how he thought. This book is full of action, adventure, and even a little humor. It was enjoyable to read as the plot moved along and kept me interested.
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The fantastic imagery really made me want to go there and hang out with these characters. Well, except for Nix; she was pretty scary! I am looking forward to the next book in this series so I can see what adventures Synn and his friends encounter as they fight for freedom. I think a nice bold wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with this book.
Bold like Synn. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are mine. Action-packed steam-punk. A highly civilized society called the Hands attempts to suppress the elemental Families who are rebelling under the leadership of Queen Nix. Blooding forges mythology and cultural traditions with sci-fi and fantasy to create a vivid world where people inhabit not only the land, but also the skies and the seas.
The story starts slowly, the details gradually doled out from the male perspective of the main character, Synn El'Asim, with the implication that there is so Action-packed steam-punk. The story starts slowly, the details gradually doled out from the male perspective of the main character, Synn El'Asim, with the implication that there is so much more out there, just beyond the edge of the ship, waiting to be explored. The dialogue is well-written and the action-sequences are easy to visualize. My only issue with the book is the inconsistent narration. The action-sequences read smoothly, with readers being shown the plot as it unfolds, but there are chapters where the narrator -still Synn- tells us what's happening without showing us.
I'd like more showing, less telling, and I'm willing to read a thicker book for that. I received a free copy of this book to review from Bewitching Book Tours. While I've read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, this book marks my first venture into steam-punk. Maybe because this genre is new to me, this book kept me on my toes and, in , I'll be watching for the release of the sequel, The Knight of Wands. I'd like to know what happens to Synn. View all 4 comments. If I had to describe this book in one word, I would have to say: intense and violent.
The book was darker than most books that I read. So why did I keep reading? In one word, Synn. The courage of the main character amid the horrible things that he endures, his determination to escape despite all the Queen has done to torment him and bind him, which he struggles to deal with, as would anyone compelled me to keep reading. But with the help of family and friends, he faces his fears and decides that If I had to describe this book in one word, I would have to say: intense and violent.
But with the help of family and friends, he faces his fears and decides that someone must stop Queen Nix before she conquers all families, but will anyone stand beside him against a better armed and better prepared foe? While the book contains more sexual innuendo and swearing than I am comfortable with, I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened to Synn.
The plot twists and turns at a very rapid pace, one crisis ends just in time for another to arise. It made me tired just reading it. I appreciated that the characters had depth as well as having their strengths and weaknesses. For me this makes for a much more enjoyable read. I do recommend this for those who enjoy intense, imaginative stories full of great characters both good and evil. May 11, Simone rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Synn watches as Nix has his father burned to death. Unfortunately, Nix now wants him as her pet because his mark is the most powerful they have ever seen. Nix is relentless and cruel; Synn gives in to be free of her not knowing the price he I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Nix is relentless and cruel; Synn gives in to be free of her not knowing the price he has just paid to the devil. Will he have the strength to break the bond? Will he be able to escape? I was completely taken aback by this book. It drew me in from the very beginning with all of the action taking place. The descriptions were so vivid, that I felt I was visiting a secret place every time I opened the book. My favorite character would probably be Keeley, because she had the power to heal, I found that really cool. Synn becomes a strong main character enduring all, and fighting for his people.
Nix, well Nix was evil to the core, she only knew what she wanted and took it. Jun 26, Debra Martin rated it really liked it. To start, the cover of this book is phenomenal, very eye-catching. Her world building skills are amazing although I did have a hard time trying trying to picture the letharans, but that did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. The story is a wonderful mix of fantasy and steampunk and moves along at a fast clip.
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Because of all the action in the book, I found that some of the secondary characters were a bit flat, Nix, in particular. She was portrayed as just evil, but why was she so evil. What was her back story and why was she so obsessed with everyone "loving" her? I would have liked to learn what made her "tick. He's a young man who is a bit naive, but then he's captured and forced to endure unimaginable torture at the hands of Queen Nix.
He matures quickly and has an inner fortitude that keeps him going. I knew what was going to happen before the ending, but it was still an enjoyable story. No spoilers here. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens to Synn. Fans of fantasy and steampunk will thoroughly enjoy this book. It's been a long time since I read a book cover to cover without putting it down, but this one I did.
I loved the characters and the originality of the story-line, the story flowed off the page and I really needed to know what was going to happen. Which I guess is the biggest compliment an author can receive. I've been a fan of Fantasy Fiction since my teens and my book shelves are loaded with the greats, David Eddings and R. A Salvatore. What is great to see is a generation of female writers com It's been a long time since I read a book cover to cover without putting it down, but this one I did.
What is great to see is a generation of female writers coming through with strong stories and a different take on the genre. It means the genre will continue to grow to change and to develop. With authors like S. The Hands of Tarot mixes traditional concepts, the fatherless main character discovering his powers in a time of crisis, with elements of steam punk, technology, nature and magic combined to create wonderfully weird contraptions. I don't want to spoil the twists and turns of the book for any other readers.
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But I do have my order in for book two. This was a really fantastic book! Really enjoyed reading it, and it's very unique, though I hope we get a history of how the Hands came to be, which seems like it'll be interesting! Can't wait for the 2nd book and see what's going to happen!!! Oct 27, Edensbookshelf. Hands of Tarot is part of a new genre of books — New Adult Fiction. NAF combines elements of Young Adult and Adult Fiction while targeting adults who enjoy reading exciting coming of age stories. The children are then transported to Sky City, a massive floating mechanical city based in the sky and in continual motion.
The children are raised together and taught to use their powers for the benefit of the Hand. In an effort to avoid the Hand, the remaining free people seek to strengthen their alliances with each other while eluding the Hands sentries at all costs. Each family has its own language and mark: El-Assim is a sky family that manipulates lightning. Queen Nix, Ruler of the House of Wands, strongest of all the queens and marked with the magic of fire has made Synn her pet project.
The ensuing chapters are difficult to read detailing months of torture, manipulation and molestation in an effort to break the boy. Nix allows Synn to attend university under heavy guard believing his need for intellectual stimulation will draw him closer to her. But it is while at university that Synn meets others who have survived the Hands cruelty and together they form a small team intent on overthrowing Nix and dismantling the Hand. Blooding has created a rich and fantastical world with strong elements of steampunk. Blooding plants some seeds for rather tame attractions between the characters here and there but if you are looking for smexy, this book is not for you.
The world building is intense and at times confusing with a broad range of chimeras, languages, living environments, and powers. The allusion to the tarot mentioned in the title is misleading. Outside the use of the symbols for the minor arcana suits to differentiate each of the four queens, the actual tarot, its meaning, legends and fortune telling properties are completely absent from the book.
Perhaps this wonderfully clever opportunity will be explored in another book in the series two more are planned at this time. In its most bare bones description — this is a story of a boy becoming a brave leader in spite of the adversity and torture he faces. Make no mistake this is not Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Narnia because much of the torture is way too sexual. Editorially speaking — the books would benefit from additional editing. It was distracting to have the grammar deteriorate as the book progressed. Unfortunately this is a growing and rather disappointing trend in fiction.
The book ends on a cliff hanger that seeks to establish a bridge to the next book in the series. While world building is wonderfully creative, the characters are rather underdeveloped. But I could see 20 somethings reading this and enjoying it from a fantasy standpoint and less so a true Steampunk mindset. I read this book for a blog tour and didn't realize it was steampunk when I first signed up for it.
I saw the word tarot and thought I was in for a dark witchy fantasy. Oh, there's dark stuff alright and magick, too. Plus flying ships and inventions! Yeahboy, steampunk! Why is it that when you say steampunk, flying ships are always involved? Anyway, that was just a thought. I don't mind flying ships. In fact, I think they're pretty nifty. Like this book. Quick recap activate! Synn is of the El' As I read this book for a blog tour and didn't realize it was steampunk when I first signed up for it. Synn is of the El' Asim family who live on flying ships and whose mark is the storm or the power to wield lightning.
Synn also happens to be part Ino family who live on land and whose mark is fire. The Families hide from The Hands who take the families' children and kill anyone they don't need. When Queen Nix of The Hands kills Synn's father, Synn's mark manifests and it's not storm or fire but a powerful combo of the two families' marks.
Queen Nix captures Synn and tries to turn him to their side, but it's not that easy. I thought The Hands of Tarot was fast-paced and exciting from start to finish. I liked the concept of the Families and of each family bearing unique marks, the source of their power. I liked the whole thought of the Marks appearing as intricate tattoos. I also loved the fact that these pretty pretty tattoos come alive whenever the person uses his or her power. Very very cool. Even though I enjoyed this book, I would have liked more descriptions of the setting and a little more background on the Hands and the Families.
A little history on this unique world and its people couldn't hurt. When I was reading the book, it felt like I was expected to already know why things were such, how things were supposed to work, the ways of the families, etc. I like my fantasy worlds larger than life and clear.
To me the only things crystal clear in this book were two things: Families good, Hands bad. I would have liked a little more world building. The story was pretty cool and I wanted to be able to imagine and understand the fantastical world of this story. Other than that little tidbit, this book was a fun read and I wouldn't mind finding out what happens next in the second book. Maybe there'll be more details on the history of the Hands and the Families! Disclosure: I received a review copy for this tour in exchange for an honest review.
I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. Blog post here. May 06, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: provided-by-author. I received this book compliment of the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you! You are about to immerse yourself into the world of steampunk adventures and unique fantasy world building; sail the ships through expanse of cool, windy skies, and dive deep into the blue oceans where whole cities have flourished.
We follow Synn and his friends on their adventures as they learn to navigate the world amidst a war with an evil Queen Nix, who will stop at nothing to claim Synn as her own. I find myself quite fortunate having had this book practically fall into my hands, because I enjoyed the story immensely and surprisingly so. At first, the story developed slowly and I dreaded the thought I will not find it interesting or entertaining, but once the first layers of foundation were laid, we were off on a fast-paced adventure ride.
As for heroes, Synn and his friends were quite heroic, interesting and compelling. They felt real, as they learned to work together, struggled to make the right choices, to survive and fight along one another, yet they never forgot to sprinkle everything with a sense of humor and a dash of sarcasm. While young Synn trained to harness his newly emerged magical abilities and was taking the reins of leadership for a trial spin, the evil Queen Nix was close on his heels.
Cunning, powerful, and seductive Nix is the villainess to love. Throughout the novel I kept wishing for more sightings of Nix, to witness her evil highness in action, alas there were only glimpses, but I am hopeful we get a good dose of her next time. Ultimately, all elements combined made for one great, captivating story and a nice cliffhanger ending, that will leave readers wanting more. I am now eagerly anticipating the second installment and hope that Ms. Blooding is fast at writing… Happy reading! A lot of people are always asking for a new type of book to pick up and read.
Well I can say here you go. This is a steampunk book with a dark side, fantastic worlds and magic. Sounds different doesn't it. Synn is a boy who lives in a world were The Hand takes children from their families as soon as their mark appears. Their mark gives them a power that The Hand wants. Synn is a late bloomer and doesn't have a mark or power. It finally appears when the evil Queen Nix kills his father.
It couldn' A lot of people are always asking for a new type of book to pick up and read. It couldn't have come at a worse time. It puts him in the eye of Queen Nix and she wants to turn him to her side. He is special because he has a different power than most. Even when the Queen tortures him with all types of horrors he still doesn't break. Synn finds another group of people like him who want one thing. To break free of her evil reign. Synn is such an amazing character you can not help but want the best for him.
He goes through so much torture which you get to read all about. It doesn't break him but makes him so much stronger and really shapes who he becomes. Queen Nix now here we have the perfect villain. She is such an evil woman and lets nothing stand in the way of what she wants. This is someone you can love to hate. This book started off slow.
It was slow enough that I put it down a few times. I didn't want to give up on it so I kept reading. Well once it took off it was so awesome. The author does a fantastic job building up the world you are reading about. From the different cities each with their own culture, technology, and general way of life.