Review: Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

October 28, 2013 Book Review 11 ★★★★

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Endless KnightEndless Knight by Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 1st 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
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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.

Shocking Secrets

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.

Unexpected Allies

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.

Gut-Wrenching Treachery

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.

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After thoroughly enjoying Poison Princess last year,  I was highly anticipating this sequel's release! Poison Princess took such an exciting turn at the end with tarot cards and a paranormal feel that and I couldn't wait to see how that storyline would roll over into the next installment. And let me tell you, the action picks up right where we left off.

The action, the action, the action! I was hoping the author would deliver with the promise of excitement as we learn more about a deadly game involving characters and their gifts that correlate with tarot cards, and she totally hit the mark there! We are thrown right into the world we left off in, everyone learning the truth and running for their lives from zombie-like Bagmen, cannibals and other deadly card players. No one knows who exactly to trust and I must say this remains to be my favorite aspect of the whole series. There are a few scenes that really made it hard to put this book down. Everything else aside, I've never read anything like this. So many interesting new characters with awesome and sometimes scary talents, and we finally get to meet Death!

Oh Death, how do I even wrap my head around him. We see a completely other side to him this time around, like maybe he isn't such the bad guy we wanted and hoped he would be. And I say hoped because the dreaded love triangle is introduced here, which I sort of assumed from the cover. I still don't know what to think about it, to be honest. Do I hate it, do I like it? But it is so hard not to feel something between Evie and Death when his presence is so prevalent and Jack's is severely lacking. Unsuspecting revelations make this all the much harder. And poor Jack, my feelings for him were unclear last time and I believe the same can be said for this book. He has moments of swoon but other times he comes off as just a horny teen with one thing on his mind.

Evie is pretty kick-ass this time around. Annoying sometimes still, but seriously kick-ass. I do enjoy some of her one-liners though. She's become so strong and fearless, and I love that about her character growth. She is pitted against some pretty scary characters and she holds her own. And she is willing to do anything to protect her friends.

There is a whole list of players we have yet to meet and I'm so hoping we get that chance next time around. I have no idea where this will go but I'm excited to find out!

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About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances.

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures–ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie–that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material.

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water. You can learn more about Kresley at www.kresleycole.com.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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11 Responses to “Review: Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole”

  1. Liviania

    I need to read this one! I have been curious about how the love triangle would play out . . . I’m not looking forward to it, but it’s nice to know it’s not horrible.
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  2. Joyousreads

    I haven’t read this one yet but there seems to be a mix of reviews leaning more toward PASS than READ NOW. You seemed to enjoy it though so I’ll probably give this one a go.

    Great review, Sara!
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  3. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I’ve been waiting for this review!
    I’m still looking forward to this even though I knew there would be a love triangle. I complain how love triangles are good guy vs. bad guy but this one seems like it’s bad guy vs. badder guy. Me likes!
    I gotta say, not a big fan of this cover…
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  4. Aman

    It’s surprising that I’m such a hardcore fangirl of Cole’s adult PNR series yet I’m not even the slightest bit interested in this one. I think it’s the post apocalyptic thing, I’ve read so many of them this year and it feels like I’m done with that genre. Atleast for now. I’ll keep this one in mind when in mood. Thanks for sharing you review, Sara :)
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  5. starryeyedjen

    For me, Evie is annoying ALL the time. :( And I have never really liked Jack’s character. So, I’m not really enjoying this series all that much. I do like the tarot aspect, but I’m having a hard time staying interested. I’d hoped Death would save the story for me, but he’s too hell-bent on vengeance, though I do like him as a love interest much more than Jack.
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