Title: The Eidolon
Series: The Magnus Academy: Book One
Author: K.D. Edwards
Length: 195 Pages
Category: Fantasy, Teen Fiction
Rating: 5 Stars
At a Glance: I didn’t know this book was so necessary or how much I needed its story until I’d finished it and then sat there with a full heart, jangled nerves, some recalled grief, and time to process it all. K.D. Edwards keeps giving his readers such profound storylines and stripping his characters down, layer by layer, while simultaneously building them up, making them stronger, and gifting them with individuality and complexity.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: In the epic conclusion to K.D. Edwards’ first blockbuster trilogy in The Tarot Sequence series, readers followed Rune on a race against time as an age-old threat rose to threaten the city of New Atlantis. Now, for the first time, The Eidolon tells what really happened to Max, Quinn, and Anna as prisoners in the Hourglass Throne’s base of operation.
The Eidolon is the first in a brand new collection of novels and novellas in the Magnus Academy Series. These stories will be told through the various points of view of Rune’s found family, ultimately leading to a planned arc of novels set at the new Magnus Academy.
Review: With so much happening in the foreground of K.D. Edwards’ The Hourglass Throne, I didn’t have a spare thought to think about what was happening in the background with Max, Quinn, and Anna—other than the fact they were missing, of course, and that everyone was frantically searching for them. Thanks be to the author for pulling back the curtain and giving us this window to all the danger, the sacrifice, the immense courage, and the essential connection between them.
Quinn, as a Seer, plays a unique and significant role, and has from the beginning. He doesn’t See possibilities, he Sees probabilities, which means his visions point to outcomes rather than contingencies. They manifest as riddles more so than lucidity, and unraveling his word salads means often walking into danger with a working compass but only fragments of a map to guide them. And into danger these three do walk in an effort to disrupt Lady Time. But stopping Time is every bit as problematic as it sounds. The greater agony of it all is that Quinn, dear, sweet Quinn, loses sight of himself and is willing to surrender to that inevitability for the greater good.
Not that Max would permit that to happen, if he can help it.
your fights are my fights, your fights are my fights.”
The solemn bond between Max and Quinn transcends mere casual friendship. Much like Rune and Brand, although Max is not Quinn’s Companion, their connection is elemental. There is so much depth and breadth to the ties that bind these characters together. And one thing, among it all, is made clear: Annawan Dawncreek is such a legitimate Girl Boss. I cannot wait to watch her excel in her role as Rune’s heir, especially after the jaw-dropping revelation at the end.
I didn’t know this book was so necessary or how much I needed its story until I’d finished it and then sat there with a full heart, jangled nerves, some recalled grief, and time to process it all. The Eidolon ties in so integrally with the events in The Hourglass Throne that it shouldn’t be read as a standalone. But, perhaps more essentially, it paves a way for Anna, Max, and Quinn to flourish. They won’t be doing it alone, though, not in this family. I’m particularly anxious to know how Layne Dawncreek will influence things going forward.
Inscrutable. That’s how things end, and I am unapologetically addicted.
If there was ever any doubt that the Tarot Sequence, and now its spinoff series, was about the loving connection of family, and all that entails, The Eidolon puts paid to it. Edwards keeps giving his readers such profound storylines and stripping his characters down, layer by layer, while simultaneously building them up, making them stronger, and gifting them with individuality and complexity. If you love the Tarot Sequence series, this is an absolute must-read.
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