Monday, October 22, 2012

The Hands of Tarot: The Queen of Wands

Last Friday, I posted about Blooding's The Hand of Tarot.  I received a free copy of this book for review from Bewitching Book Tours.

The Hands of Tarot by S.M. Blooding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Ms. 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 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 2013, I'll be watching for the release of the sequel, The Knight of Wands. I'd like to know what happens to Synn.

The Hands of the Tarot: The Queen of Wands is available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

1 comment:

SM Blooding said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to review this!! I really appreciate it!

I'll pay more attention to the narrative. I was trying to get the story to move just a bit in those scenes. LOL! I'm writing this, there are a few scenes in The Knight of Wands that are saying, "You should come see me..." LOL!!