Endless Knight by Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles #2)
Book received from author (Huge thank you!!!)
Reviewed by: Middle
The Sisters Say:
Enthralling, Seductive and Heart-wrenching, A series that I wish coud be
In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can't remember—but Death can't forget.
There are so many words that I could use to describe the
magnitude of Kresley Cole’s new series. I could go one and on with the, as Evie says, “SAT
words.” But instead, let me put it
simply. This is a beautiful story of how
love and hate collide, how truth and deception walk hand in hand, and how the
past always comes around again.
When I first read Poison Princess last year, I just knew
that this was going to be an amazing series; and I am so glad that KC’s second
book didn’t fall into the sequel slump.
Trust me on this one, this installment is even more amazing than the
first. There is action in every chapter,
betrayal around every turn, and romance that will squeeze your heart and warm
Endless Knight starts right where Poison Princess lets off,
and right away we see how Jackson reacts to Evie becoming the Empress. I just love how KC is able to capture the
emotion in this scene.
“This is what I truly
Jackson stumbled back from me, making the sign of the
cross. Just as I once predicted.
With that one gesture, he has broken my heart utterly.” PG 1
I can just feel the pain as the boy she loves stumbles back
in fear. This was such a perfect
beginning to the book. The rain is
pelting down, and we know that with the rain comes the darkness, just as
Matthew predicted. And be ready, because
with the darkness comes anger, fear, betrayal, and blood.
I just love KC’s characters.
So many books have minor characters that are completely flat, but KC
manages to breathe life into each of them.
Good or evil, I feel like I know them; and that just shows you how
amazing of a writer she is. While I
really do like many of her characters, one of my favorites remains Matthew, the
Fool. I love how his jibber-jabber is
both nonsensical and cathartic at once.
He says so many things that are poetic and disturbing, and if you are
like me, you spend much of the book trying to decode each of his messages. Then when it comes clear, Wham! It’s like you finally found the missing
puzzle piece that has been troubling you.
But then, you discover that another one has gone missing. I want to go back and re-read this just to
hear Matthew’s not so random advice.
There is so much action in this book that you will NEVER get
bored. Page after page is filled with
either blood and terror, love and romance, or mystery and deceit. I was so wrapped up in the book that when it
ended, I wanted to tear my heart out because I needed more! I am dying knowing that I have to wait
another year for the next installment.
One of the best parts of this book is the increase in the amount
of romance. I am a romance buff, so when
all the kissing started, you can bet I was fully focused!!!! Minor Spoiler (though not really because the
blurb talks of Death’s seduction): There
is a sort of love triangle in this book, but I really loved how it was
done. We see Jack and Evie’s
relationship grow, and there are points where you really can see how much Jack
cares for her. But Jack isn’t the sole
focus in this book, now we have Death.
Death and Evie share a past (again, not a spoiler as its in
the blurb), and let me just tell you—I love the bad guys. I love the passion that drives them, whether
it be from lust, anger, hatred, or whatever.
It’s always so potent, and that just makes their relationships all the
more volatile. This is extremely true
when it comes to Death and Evie, and I really loved getting to see glimpses
into their past. Furthermore, you really
get to see Death’s true self, and I have to admit, I’m kind of glad I liked him
(even with the death threats and what not).
Kresley Cole has a forever fan in me. This book is nothing short of amazing, and I
highly recommend it to EVERYONE!!!
Seriously, go buy this series now because it is a must read. KC has created the most unique
post-apocalyptic world I have ever seen or read about, and I love the idea of
people being Tarot Cards. It’s so
utterly distinctive, and there is just so much symbolism and mystery
surrounding each of the Arcana. Her
world is bloody and beautiful, and if I were to be plunged head first into an
apocalyptic fight to the death, I would certainly want a few of her characters
by my side.
There are some more mature romance scenes in this book.
Said by Death to Evie:
“Your death is mine, which means your life is mine.” PG 114
Said by Matthew to Evie:
“You are the card that Death covets.”
I’m up. Matthew, give
me some good news.
--The snow hasn’t come yet.—“ PG 210
And Finally…a few theories I would love to discuss!!! Let me know if you agree/disagree or if you
have your own theories you want to share!!
(There are SPOILERS contained in these theories, so do not read further
if you have not read EK!)
It is mentioned that there are 2 Arcana immune to Evie’s
poison. We find out one is the Ogre, but
what if the other one is Death?? They
both have water on their cards, and Evie is immune to Death’s touch—it only
makes sense, he would be immune to hers.
It is also mentioned that there is an Arcana that will not
be activated until he/she kills another Arcana.
What if that’s Jack, and that is why he is drawn to them and Evie?