Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: October 1st, 2013
“In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.
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.”
Jumping into Endless Knight is like coming home, Kresley Cole seamlessly sets you back into the world of the Arcana and all of the amazing characters we've fallen in love with. (*cough* Jackson! *cough*) The moment I flipped open the first page and read Evie's wonderful and sarcastic thoughts I knew I would love Endless Knight just as much as I loved Poison Princess (which is a lot if you haven't read my review). No second book syndrome here, Endless Knight is full of thrills, chills and... uh, cannibals? Yikes!
Oh Evie. Is it weird that I might love her more than Jackson? Yeah, I don't think so either! She's such a freaking badass (I mean, obviously she'd have to be to keep up with her Cajun bodyguard), and she doesn't take crap from anyone. She's really come into her powers in Endless Knight and it's so cool to see her go all out Red Witch from time to time. But, Empress or not, Evie is just Evie. She's strong and reliable and quick witted. She has all of this pent up violence in her, stored away over several lifetimes, but she refuses to let the past change who she is in the present. She doesn't go with the flow like the other Arcana. No, Evie wants to change the game before the game changes her. And all I have to say about that is bravo! Evie's not evil, she's not entirely sweet either, but she's definitely a rebel.
Jackson!!!! Sob. Sob. Nah, Jackson is still sexy and a total badass in Endless Knight, no worries there. But, I won't lie, I wish Jackson had been a little more present throughout (because I wish Jackson was present all the time), but I understand why Cole had to do what she did to poor ole' Jack. Like I said though, he's still a total badass and would do anything for Evie which is just awwww! Whew, if I was Death I'd definitely have some second thoughts before I got between the Cajun and his fille. I can only imagine the agony coming after that cliffhanger!
Speaking of Death, I have to be honest with myself here and say I... (deep breaths, deep breaths) I really like him. There, I said it! Now, this in no way, shape or form means I'm switching teams, but Death sort of grows on you. He's a condescending jackass to Evie (which she handles spectacularly, I might add. I'd have had words with him many times because of his overuse of the word creature, and they wouldn't have been pleasant ones), but he's not evil and he's so confused and the poor boy can't even touch anyone without killing them. Give him a break! Of course he's going to be a little socially awkward. The amount of pity I felt for Death surprised me. Except, you know, when he was being totally scummy to Evie.
I don't usually go for love triangles (and even if I do I'm usually solidly Team First-Guy-To-Call-Dibs), but for some reason this triangle is totally breaking me. Both boys have so much... potential. I can't see how it can work out for either of them, but I want it to so badly! Kresley, I'm trusting you with my heart here. Please be gentle with my boys! (But especially Jackson. Sob!)
There are so many new additions to the cast in Endless Knight. At this point we've met most of the Arcana. Evie really gets to know the Arcana she's been traveling with so far and then she gets up close and personal with Death's allies and some not so friendly weirdos who happen to be Arcana as well, which leads to lots of fighting and near death experiences for our heroes.
Endless Knight has a lot more action than Poison Princess did. All of the cards are getting into the swing of the game and realizing that, if they want to survive, they're going to have to kill to do it. In order to win alliances must be forged and that was possibly my favorite part about this book. It's like Survivor with all of the truces and double crossing! And the way all of their strengths and weaknesses sort of make a little checks and balances system for the alliances is so cool. Then, on top of everything else, there's the bagmen to worry about, and the militia and cannibals and even the earth itself. It's a non-stop roller coaster ride that will most definitely leave you as it left me: gasping for air and wishing for the third book!
Poison Princess was an incredible start to the series, but Endless Knight pulls out all the stops to keep The Arcana Chronicles going strong. If you haven't already, check this series out. It's like a supernatural smack down, with zombies! And a super hot Cajun boy with a crossbow and a bad attitude. (<— Please try not to drool all over your book, or worse, your electronic devices, while reading about Jackson Deveaux.)
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