Title: Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, Book Two)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Reviewer purchased own copy of ebook for review
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.
I love it when you are sucked into a book--another world, basically--and you don't want to emerge from your kindle in order to go to bed. To eat. To feed your kids.
Kresly Cole has done it again. Her unique Arcana Chronicles kicks ass.
It's definitely a book to be read in order, as the world can be a tad confusing. There are so many layers, players, and twists and turns, you practically have to read it twice (Ahem, I plan on doing just that myself) so as to not miss any important details.
Endless Knight starts off where The Poison Princess leaves off--on a bloody battlefield. Jack has just witnessed Evie turn into the Empress and take another life. Creatures called Bagmen are gaining on Finn, Matthew, Evie, Selena and Jack. With time running out, the small group form an alliance, their solitary goal to kill Death.
Before he kills them.
Expect to sit on the edge of your seat during high-adrenaline action scenes, so tense you're afraid to blink your eyes, least you miss something.
Expect your toes to curl as Jack seduces me...er, the reader...with his sexy Cajun accent and expressions:
"Doan you dare talk like that, bebe." He gripped my nape, a move that was at once protective and possessive. "I'm not goan to let anything happen to you, no."
"Mercy me, Evie."
"Up you go, bebe."
"I'm all in, peekon."
Expect to fall for Finn's charms, as his sense of humor takes away some of the building tension and provides some much needed comic relief:
"So three Bagmen and a slaver go into a bar..."
"You guys humming my balls, right?"
"Checking perimeters? Is that what the Louisiana kids are calling it these days? Hey, Lark, can I check your perimeter?"
And expect to confused as hell. I seriously thought I could never be swayed to feel sympathy for Death. But Cole has made me see Death in a totally different light. So who the hell do I root for now?
"I stroked your face, intending to end you. Yet you never fell ill. I can still remember how shockingly soft your skin was. How warm." He seemed to get lost in the memory. Voice gone hoarse, he said, "I shuddered to feel it against mine."
And expect a major cliffie, while totally freaking out because you have to wait another year until the next book in the Arcana Chronicles.
Kresley Cole, I loathe and love you at the same time.