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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!