Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.
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I feel as if I've just lived through one of the greatest reading experiences of my entire life. It's hard to even pin-point one or two aspects about this book that stood out. Everything was brilliant and far beyond my wildest dreams or any hopes I had going into this.
After I read Poison Princess - my very words were as follows:
"Poison Princess is a tale that completely captured my heart and soul. Capturing me from as soon as the prologue began... it kept me tangled in a frenzied web of wanting more and more. Even as I neared the last pages of the book I never wanted it to end. I needed to (and still need to) know more and I'd gladly devour another thousand pages of Evie, Jackson and The Arcana Chronicles.
Easily the most unique concept in paranormal / Fantasy / Young Adult I have ever experienced. In fact the oxford dictionary simply doesn't contain a word amazing enough to describe how I feel about this book nor how I long for the continuation of this series."
For some time now this series has been flashing to mind often and I hoped and prayed that the sequel to Poison Princess would be released before I began losing interest. It's been exactly one year. 365 days since my review for PP was written. I didn't plan it this way and in fact I've only just realized this while putting together my review for Endless Knight - Strange hey? But that's what's happened.
So on the anniversary of my review for Poison Princess, I'm happy to be writing my review for the followup Endless Knight by Kresley Cole.
Kresley Cole not only made today a brilliant reading day for me. She also added to my initial obsession with The Arcana Chronicles series. She's delivered a gripping, unique and epic sequel to an already amazing series. Endless Knight has by far surpassed my expectations and has officially slotted comfortably into place beside Tears of Tess as they share the title of my No.1 book for 2013.
Endless Knight continues exactly from the moment Poison Princess ended. If you've read PP, you'll know where are are and what I'm referring to.
The gang have just arrived to witness Evie's powers. Jackson has finally found her. But now, he sees her for who she truly is and with that comes the fact that she's lied to him for some time now. Trust is hard. She's just committed her first real play in the game. So this is where we start and as the story progresses, the pain, suffering and turmoil impacts us trifold and continues to do so throughout the entire book. In fact, there is no moment of taking a breathe to recover. At every turn something new unfolds and the way in which this happens is done with such ease... I can't help but praise Kresley Cole for her amazing ability to bring to life a world that we couldn't even begin to fathom on our own. I envisioned every step, every moment and every page of this book. It's freaking brilliant.
Although the world we are brought into in The Arcana Chronicles is one that is set after the apocalypse (dull, dry, grey)... your imagination can not help but be brought to a full burst of life. Again... freaking brilliant.
But now... we have some new major players brought into the game. Fauna. The Devil & of course... Death. Not only do we meet them... we get to know so much more about each and every one. We also get introduced to the Hierophant, The Tower, Judgement & The World. Albeit briefly, we get to know more about them and their role in the Major Arcana.
Here's who we've met so far: (Give or take one or so)
Oh... if you didn't know - The entire series is about the Arcana Cards. Tarot cards to be more specific. There are 22 Major Cards (who are actually people) in the Tarot Deck and within this series we follow what they refer to as the 'game' to see who outlives or beats the other cards. It's somewhat similar to The Hunger Games in theory but very very different. They each have powers & weaknesses and each of these are either a positive or a negative towards another card.
So like I said, each card is a person or character within this book. But there are other non-arcana characters as well... such as Jackson. (But I'm thinking that's only for now - I foresee a revelation approaching)...
Now Jackson is a guy Evie (The Empress) met at school. So she's known him since before the 'flash'. You will need to read the first book in order to understand Endless Knight. You can get it Poison Princess here.
I've loved Jackson from day one. In fact I'm strongly Team Jackson at this point. Evie and Jackson fall in love, but of course he's confused with all this. Since it's not his life and he's considered human - it's hard for him to accept Evie at first. But he eventually does and oh it's so beautiful when he does. My heart actually sang!
“There was French kissing, and then there was Cajun French kissing. Spicier, harder, wilder.” That’s how it was with Jackson. Burning out of control. Probably just as destructive as an inferno. And I didn’t care.
He drew back and tossed me on the bed—
Now don't get to happy! We were introduced to Death (vaguely) in the first book, but in Endless Knight... he's more prominent. Since he's the Endless Knight I guess you could guess that most of the book actually includes him. Secrets are unveiled. Memories become clear and #gasp... I could not believe what I was reading! I struggled to remain faithful to Jackson once I got to know Death better. It was difficult not to fall in love with him. Evie found this hard as well...
His hunger was undisguised, yet when he dipped his head down to my body, he kissed . . . my healing arm. “My fierce Empress. I could not be prouder.” He bestowed a real smile on me, not a mocking sneer, not a grudging half-grin.
But still - I remain completely steadfast - Team Jackson!
I don't like the way in which Endless Knight Ended. This could have been prevented if the book actually never ended. I was sad when I reached the end of the line and I'm fearing that I now have to wait another year before I write my review for the third book in The Arcana Chronicles. There is no indication as to when we can expect nor is there even evidence of the third book anywhere. No cover, not a mention... nada! And I'm so bummed out about this. But at the very least, if you haven't read either of the books in the series yet, you are in for some awesome treat my friends. I can not recommend a more fantastic fantasy, dystopian, paranormal series than this one. It's Young Adult. Or at least I'll agree that Poison Princess is most definitely Young Adult. But I'll tell you that Endless Knight is contain very mild, but still, sexual content. In addition to that there is a lot of blood, gruesome and thrilling contents so I'd say this series is suitable for the mature Young Adult group. But hey, I'm 30-ish and I'm so hooked on this series I can't even think straight!
Rating: 5 Stars!
GENRE: Young Adult (Mature) Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian Romance
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