January 19, 2015

Review: Endless Knight

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, book 2) by Kresley Cole


Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Endless Knight (2)

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling 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...


***If you have not read the first book, there might be spoilers. Oh, and if in general you're not good at predicting books.****

Holy. Freaking. Book Gods! Ahhhhhhhhh! Wow. Wow-wow. Wow! Excuse me while I take a shower, then poor my wine and light a smoke. Bookness, that was sooooooo good. Part of me always new that if there was an author who could make a freaking EPIC love triangle it would be Cole. Gosh, my body is still going crazy. Not to mention my mind. I . . . just . . . oh. *fans-self* Just bless you Cole. Bless you.

Now, I'll stop babbling. Well, hopefully.

Jack squeezed my hand and gazed down at me. “A, moi, Evangeline.”
I promised him: “Always.” ― Jack & Evie

The power of Cole is amazing in The Arcana Chronicles. Just dumbfounds me. It might be a Young Adult, but the only thing that classifies it as Young Adult is the fact that the characters and Arcana players are in that age category. Everything else is all adult baby! The grit and horror of the world of the Arcana, the gore, deaths, dialogue, and mindsets. Oh, and the sex. Prrrrrrrr. What's better is that while I might be getting a bit tired of the “Cole Formula” with her Immortals After Dark series, everything in Arcana is great. Especially now that answers are trickling in. Hmmmm, what a world!

“The first priest I find, I'm goan to marry you. I'm all in, peekon.” ― Jackson

Cole has brought everything I love about her IAD series here, and made it—FREAKING AWESOME! The whole lies and misunderstandings between the lovers is so frustratingly perfect. Oh. My! Everything I wanted to happen between Jackson—the book world's most hottest Cajun—and Evie did. But of course everything gets thrown out of whack! Rooting for Jackson and waiting for Cole to make her move and introduce Death was sheer torture. Oh, and just like I knew she would Cole has made me fall at the feet of the amazing Death. While things about him fall into classic alpha man—a la Cole style. It amazes me how much I love both Jackson and Death. At this point I'm still firmly on team Jackson. Though between the two I'd tell Evie to walk and woman out, she's amazing. Empress don't need to simper!

“I desired you before, but I never loved you until this life.” ― Death

Because the problem is that the huge betrayal that Death is punishing Evie for. Kind of seemed really stupid. The fact is the past Empresses have been raised to be ruthless and only look out for number one. Each time she dies she's reborn again without the memories of her past lives and into the arms of waiting people wanting to make her ruthless and viscous. Why should she be accountable for those sins? Why should Evie even being thinking about her love in terms of “penance” for Death? That's messed up, even for a Cole book.

“Force?” Unmoved, he led me towards his bedroom. “I'm not forcing you to do anything. Just as you can't force me to save your lover's life. We each make sacrifices to get what we want.” ― Death

The betrayals from all sides of the love triangle of Death, Jackson, and Evie are there. Cole is queen of making dramatic and damaging drama between fated characters. What I love is that despite everything Evie holds on. What's better is that I can see all sides and as Evie states, “I was learning that nothing was black and white.” These are my favorite types of worlds and love stories. You know it people, I'm a gray area girl. It's so magical to feel this way about a love triangle. See people, this is what I've been blabbering about nonstop: the ultimate power of a good love triangle!

“My relationship with Jackson had felt fated. Whatever I had with Aric felt . . . endless.” ― Evie

So I've been going on and on about the romance. To be honest it's a huge factor here. What needs to be mentioned are the other characters and getting to know them. The black and white, to those fabulous gray areas. The bad guys are chilling in true Cole fashion, and the good guys aren't always white knights. The game of the Arcana is epic and I have a feeling that Mathew—AKA this series' Nyx—is playing to officially end the game. Oh, and I am so excited to see this play out. Amazing world with scary ass deaths lurking behind every turn. The battles and action, strategy and seduction! Mathew's repeated words of “taking out the bad cards”. This is just the start of the Arcana battle, with a “secret” Arcana and the possibility of more minor players. Loving both love interests and not feeling 100% about who will end up with Evie? Absolute perfection. Oh, and that cliffhanger! Ah! Thank goodness I waited for book three two come out before diving into the beautiful terror of Endless Knight.

(Oh, wow. I'm still shaking from my book high! Bless you Cole. Bless you.)

Sexual Content: Sex. Hmm-mm. Plenty of flirting, temptation, and dark themes. It reads like one of her IAD books. At this point you’ll know if you like Cole or not.

5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Poison Princess (1)
Endless Knight (2)
Dead of Winter (3)
Untitled (4)
Poison Princess (1)
Endless Knight (2)
Dead of Winter (3)
Untitled (4)
Poison Princess (1)
Endless Knight (2)
Dead of Winter (3)
Untitled (4)

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