What the cards foretell may be real, after all
1793: Having escaped the Reign of Terror, Emilie Maigny took refuge in England, trying to come to grips with the life and loss she left behind. When her brother, Sinjon, returns, a terrifying evil swoops down upon her. Nightmares plague her now, providing strange clues...but to what?
Scottish-born Linton Morrison spent his entire life in luxury, whiling away the hours in intense study of the tarot and the cards' hidden meanings, but until he met the lovely Emilie Maigny, he would never have guessed how important his study might be - to his life and Emilie's survival when terrible evil strikes.
A Cypher is all Emilie needs, but what is it? Is Linton the key? He may charm her heart - and he may be her only salvation.
First, this book stands alone just fine. I didn't read the first one and don't feel like there was any parts that were confusing. Book one might enhance it, but it didn't feel necessary.
Strangely this relates to the last book I read: Sandcastle Empire. The plots were very different, but the aspect of falling from high status was a theme in both. I feel that this book addressed it a lot better and that was refreshing. Where Emilie came from and her current status is constantly on her mind, and I think this would be true in both stories.
The romance didn't interest me, but it seemed to follow a classic triangle formula. Emilie had to choose between the "right" choice and the one she actually loved. Normally love triangles really irritate me, but this one was fine since she wasn't waffling about her feelings, just trying to figure out if she could somehow be with one she really wanted instead of who she should be with.
The horror is of the lurking type. Always in the background and not coming to the fore until the final act. I wish it was more present throughout. There were vast stretches of the story that only dealt with the mundane horror of losing status and not the supernatural horror that they ultimately have to battle. I did like the small horrors that showed up from time to time, but I would have liked to see more of them.
Despite the shortcomings it was a fun read.
Lady of the Tarot is a unique mixture of suspense and gothic with a touch of paranormal. Emilie and her family flee from France to the safety of her grandmother’s estate in London, England. The relief is short lived though because Emilie’s brother Sinjon is acting strange and then there’s her attraction to aristocrat Linton, who wants to forge his own destiny.
This story is definitely interesting and different from what I usually read. I enjoyed the audiobook even though at times the story seemed to lose its way. I loved the interaction between Emilie and her grandmother the most, followed by Linton.
Narrator Christina Marie Morris added value to this story with her wide array of character voices and she’s the reason this audiobook rates 4 stars.
This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!
Another suspenseful story by Juli D. Revezzo! Enchanting, and sweet with a hint of darkness.
What made the experience of listening to Lady of the Tarot the most enjoyable?
The audio version brings a fun color to this story with the french and british accents interspersed throughout.
Although the protagonist, Emilie, escapes the Reign of Terror, she enters another kind of dark world that requires cautious navigating.
A love triangle and tarot readings certainly creates action and adventure for Emilie.