Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.
Well I'll be damned!
You're not seeing double and I didn't make one of my usual errors. I am giving ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole 2 Suped Up ratings because it was that frickin' good! I loved Poison Princess, I felt it's very original and a great genre crossing young adult novel so it's a no brainer that I'll definitely read the next book in the series. I'm not a big dystopia reader but KCole wove this amazing apocalyptic story that blew my mind. Reincarnated Tarot Arcana Cards in the middle of a war?! Very promising and KCole more than delivered! I won't bore you with the details because I'm sure you've read tons of reviews before this so I'll stick to the highlights.
It's a little over a year since the Flash and Evie & Co. are fighting for survival basically. So far they've been on the offense whether it's from Death's attacks or other Arcana Cards gunning for their heads. Despite laying on the down low, Evie's a target complete with a flashing neon sign because Death sent a broadcast to all surviving Arcanas that Evie's life is his for the taking and as most everyone dislike Death, and every Arcana would like to win this game, Evie just became the coveted boon. And a formidable boon at that. Evie is the Empress and that counts for a lot, she may have limited knowledge about the game and barely recalls her grandmother's lessons but Evie is a great strategist and even when things doesn't seem like the odds are in their favor, she still manages to tip the scales her way. The short is: Evie is an enchanting heroine and very unpredictable. Her loyalties are now conflicted meaning she might either be the world's liberator or its greatest slave master. Curiouser and curiouser.
Jack and Evie fans, look out for chapter 10. One word to describe it is STEAMY and it just kept getting steamier from that point onward. A little uncanny for a typical young adult novel but ENDLESS KNIGHT isn't your usual teeny bopper novel. All bets are off and the world after the Flash is like a throw back to the Dark Ages, very medieval in some ways with the Arcana as war lords marching to the beat of their own drums. So the rules on propriety and other socio-political etiquette is blown to bits and for Evie, Jack and their crew, it's all about carpe diem and that includes romance.
He was the Endless Knight, an immortal killer. He probably preferred being alone, lacking the need for companionship that I had.
Death has a name.
And its name is Aric. Death is easily who we consider the villain in this storyboard but the book isn't called ENDLESS KNIGHT for nothing. Here we get to know Aric a little better and we soon come to discover that his motivation goes beyond winning this game. He's got something personal against Evie and he waited a long time to come face to face with the Empress again. Death is a cunning manipulator so expect plot twists and unfathomable alliances and heartbreaking betrayal to be added in the mix. KCole also did a complete anathema by humanizing him which makes it very complicated for Jack and Evie fans, I mean just look at the cover art! It's so telling! The tension between Aric and Evie is plain as day so yes, there's the dreaded love triangle which makes me a little wary for book 3. There's nothing like a slutty heroine to turn me off but I'm hoping Evie will grow to be a clever vixen and wheedle herself out of this sticky romantic mess she just found herself in.
In closing, ENDLESS KNIGHT and The Arcana Chronicles is a genre bending novel/series so shed any preconceived notions you have about young adult novels and its juvenile characters or even the dark landscape usually associated with post apocalyptic novels. Like I said, the world after KCole's Flash is like the Dark Ages, it's lawless, bloody, gory, very medieval and at times barbaric. It's not about a pair of lovers fighting for survival in a bleak and dark time, it's simply about survival period and any chance at love is a blessing but not a requirement. And though the leads are teens, they've risen to the occasion and have and will continue to give us a fantastic and compelling survival story.
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