Tarot: The Magician
After discovering an ancient tarot deck, Kassandra Troy's life takes a thrilling and frightening turn. She triggers The Magician card and releases the mysterious and captivating Luke Rykell.
Luke has a dark secret. He wants the magical deck for himself. To save herself and her friends, Kassandra is forced to journey into the Tarot cards. But can she find a way out of the deck unscathed or will the darkness which follows her destroy them all?
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Tarot Excerpt 3
Nothing was different here. This school was just as shallow and two-faced as Seattle. Tears rose up, stinging and hot. Her hands dove into the purse. There had to be something. The house key? Nope. Too dull. Needle. Kassandra snorted. Why would she have that in her purse? Wait. Maybe if there was a paperclip at the bottom somewhere.
At home, things would be simple. Reach into the purple Doc Martens and retrieve the rolled up sock with the straight razor hidden inside. She glanced down. Although the netting of the fishnet gloves almost completely covered her arm, the white scars underneath always seemed to glow. There was no way for Kassandra to escape them.
Something sharp poked her thumb. Groping around, she located the pushpin left over from art class last year, and pulled it out. Along with it came the gold patterned deck, scattering all over the floor. One card faced up, half buried under the pile.
Tugging it free, Kassandra saw an image of two gold coins and a half naked woman—legs tastefully crossed and curled hair covering the breasts. A heap of clothes lay on the ground. Then the illustration faded. The girl. The coins. Everything. Only the border remained and the words at the bottom: two of coins.
What the heck! This was no trick of her imagination. Flipping the card over showed the same gold star pattern. Then turning it back... Still blank.
The hall outside was desolate. The bell had rung, but tardy took second place to vanishing pictures. Maybe Dad’s head didn’t move. But the illustration fading away was no joke.
Kassandra rounded the corner and heard cackling erupt from one of the classrooms. The door flew open and Lindsay stood there, eyes wide with shock. Something looked odd about the girl’s clothes. One of the shirt sleeves had vanished and patches dotted her jeans as through gobbled up by giant denim-eating moths.
Lindsay turned and glared at Kassandra as students crowded the door to gawk. The teacher tried to maintain control, but even he couldn’t avoid ogling.
Lindsay stormed past, clipping Kassandra’s shoulder in the process. Something drifted to the floor. It looked like a pink napkin or a scarf. Leaning down, she saw the other shirt sleeve. The fabric on the ground began to unravel like a mob of wriggling worms. In moments, nothing remained but pink thread.
Kassandra flipped through the Tarot deck until finding the two of coins. It was still blank, but the illustration had shown a woman losing her clothes. Did the cards do something to Lindsay?
A glance down the hall showed scraps of denim and more pink thread trailing along the linoleum.
Or maybe Kassandra triggered something.
This was one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” kind of book. Looking at the cover I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised by the book.
I liked this fast paced book full of action and heartbreak and its characters.
I liked that this book touches sensitive subjects like suicide, cutting and bullying and more.
I liked Kassandra and that she is very observant but sometimes it took her a while to catch on to things, which seemed kind of odd. But I also like that she was flawed and not perfect and had to fight her battles. I really liked her Aunt Jo and wish there would have been more of her. The same goes for Gabriel. Luke was your typical cunning villain.
There were only a few minor things I disliked…. For one that she had all those “nicknames” for people , like Mrs. Beehive,browless one or book girl, after at least a week she should have known their names at least a few. That kind of bothered me .Also the ending, it could have been more closed I guess. There was a bit to much left open unless there are plans for another one. At least that was my thought on that.
Overall I liked the book much more than I thought I would and give it 3 ½ ★
Tim Kane grew up in Southern California watching Toho movies and reading H.G. Wells. He has not lost faith in the sanity of the world. He studied writing as the University of California San Diego and has amused readers with many short stories. His first published book, The Changing Vampire of Film and Television, analyzes the past seventy years of vampires. He lives and teaches in Chula Vista, California, with his spectacular wife, daughter, and a dog that stands upside down. He enjoys traveling to the dark places of his mind and bringing back souvenirs. He hopes you have enjoyed this brief tour of his life.
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