Friday, February 6, 2015

Book Review: Endless Knight

Title: Endless Knight (Arcana Chronicles #2)
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Paranormal // Dystopia
Format: Physical Copy 
Source: Library

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...(goodreads) 

One word: Death
Plot: I am so happy that I decided to continue the Arcana Chronicles series. Endless Knight offers more insight to what the hell is going on as well as look into past Tarot Cards. Endless Knight took an even darker and deadlier turn. You thought blood drinking zombies were bad? Wait until you read about the cannibal colony that doesn't wait to kill their prey before they feast. The majority of this novel covers back story which makes me wonder how much bloodshed there'll be in Dead of Winter. 

Characters: If you remember from my review of Poison Princess, Jackson all but killed the novel for me. Surprisingly, I didn't find him as annoying but I do think that his and Evie's relationship is still too intense. 

Evie surprised me with her strength. In Poison Princess, her humanity was very evident but as she gains memories of her past lives, she becomes the vicious killer that all of the Arcana know her to be, all while wrestling with her conscious. I LOVE IT. 

And then we have Death. Poor misunderstood Death. I have a feeling that he is going to break my heart much like the Darkling then. Death was a fresh point of view to show Evie what the games are really like and how everything is not black and white. What I loved about all of these characters is that they live in a constant state of gray and you can never tell who is ally or foe. 

World Building: As Matthew and Death explain the games to Evie, I found that this post-apocalyptic world became clearer and clearer. Kresley Cole also has such a way with words that I was both disgusted and captivated and could not help but turn page after page. 

Short N Sweet: Endless Knight is better than Poisson Princess in every way and I cannot wait to see the Evie and co face other Arcanas. 


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