ENDLESS KNIGHT – Book Two of the Arcana Chronicles
By: Kresley Cole
Since I read quite a few books for authors who exchange a free copy of their book for an honest review, I do not buy a lot of books anymore. However, when one catches my interest I can’t stop myself from buying it. I purchased POISON PRINCESS for only $4.99 which was the special cover price. How could I possibly resist an interesting book at such a great price? Anyway, as it turns out, that was a terrific marketing strategy by the publisher since I have now purchased books two and three in the series.
ENDLESS KNIGHT begins at the exact moment that the first book ended. Evie has just killed a budding serial killer who also happened to be one of the Arcana. He was “The Hermit.”
Jackson arrived on the scene just in time to witness the full majesty and horror of her powers. Jack, being raised Catholic, crosses himself and Evie is horrified to realize that he sees her as evil. Her fear that she is a monster seems to have been confirmed by Jackson’s reaction.
Evie, Matthew, Selena and Finn are all Arcana. They had been keeping their powers secret from Jackson throughout their travels. Now, however, their secrets have been revealed. Since he had witnessed Evie’s powers, they decide to disclose everything to him. Evie believes that he will now abandon her and that it would be safer for him if they parted ways forever.
Evie had left the others after she saw Jackson kissing Selena and Finn admits that it had been him kissing Selena and that he had used illusion to make himself look like Jack.
The group agrees to a truce and reunite. However, Death is stalking them and he is determined that Evie will be his.
Magic, romance, supernatural powers, telepathy, love, hate, lust, friendship and betrayal all take place in this novel. There is never a lack of action in ENDLESS KNIGHT.
The question is: Can good triumph over evil? And, who is good? Who is evil? Sometimes it is not easy to tell the difference.
Most often the first book in a series is the best book and the sequels pale in comparison. This is NOT the case with ‘Endless Knight’. This book is actually better than ‘Poison Princess’.
The author does a terrific job of delving into Death’s psyche. He may not say much about his past or ever talk about his feelings, but Evie is able to discern quite a bit of information from his body language and from the way he lives as well as by the objects he chooses to surround himself with.
The author also does a truly admirable job of proving that just because someone acts and speaks a certain way, it does not mean that he/she is necessarily irredeemable. Who would have thought that the reader would come to empathize with Death? Well done Kresley Cole.
I do not want to give away too much of the story with my review, but I will say that this is one action packed and surprising novel.
It is full of everything bad that could come about in a post-apocalyptic world. There are zombie-like creatures called Bagmen who crave any form of moisture, including blood. There are cults, cannibals, evil militias with hidden agendas and the fate of this messed-up world rests on the shoulders of 22 teenagers who each represent a card in the Tarot Arcana.
Each teen has powers and flaws associated with the tarot card they represent. The major players are Evie (The Empress), Aric (Death), Matthew (The Fool who is anything but), Selena (The Moon) and Finn (The Magician).
The game is being played whether the teenagers want to be part of it or not. Only one can win and be the victor who claims the prize of immortality. The only way to win is to be the last Arcana left alive and everyone wants to survive. Alliances are formed, but how can they trust each other when they know that only one can be the ultimate Arcana?
Tense, exciting and wickedly pulse-pounding, ENDLESS KNIGHT is an excellent read with a nail-biting cliff-hanger ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Happily, the third book in this series has just been released. I am excited to start reading DEAD OF WINTER.
I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
To find out more about this author, visit her website at http://www.kresleycole.com
To find out more about this series, visit http://www.TheArcanaChronicles.com