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Minor Arcana by Jerry Lambert (book 2 in a series, The Dark Emeralds)
324 pages, published 2019
Minor Arcana is a sequel to Queen of Swords, a fact I was actually not aware of when I started the book. Other reviewers said it did fine as a stand alone read and I am happy to report that I found that to be true. I never felt that I was missing information because the author did well in referencing any relevant details.
The primary cast consisted of present day Georganne Blaylock and Tom Standridge, partners of a local interior design business who experienced a mysterious and traumatic event just the year prior, and Elise Fournier, the late 19th century woman/brothel mistress/Sister of Nature on the run from a dark curse (hence, The Dark Emeralds).
From the very first chapter I was immediately thrown into an action packed flashback to 1894 New Orleans. And I was hooked. The story continued to jump from past to present and back again as the narrative painted the story of the characters, dramatically culminating on the night of the biggest party of the year.
The characters’ language and mannerisms in the flashbacks matched the times, and were appropriately modified for the characters of present day. I loved the feisty southern charm, and the descriptions of the architecture were beautifully done.
Ghosts of the past, Southern socialites, a bit of mysticism, and a mysterious secret society are what made this story pop. The storyline was very strategically thought out and the ending did well in wrapping up loose ends.
‘Haunted’ is the word used to start the book, and I would certainly say this story was hauntingly beautiful. I gasped, I laughed, I felt inspired.
I give Minor Arcana 3 out of 5 stars. A star was taken away due to some much needed proofreading, but overall it was an excellent read.
If anyone has read Queen of Swords, let me know how it is!