Review: ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2) ENDLESS KNIGHT
Kresley Cole
336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LIKED


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.

ENDLESS KNIGHT, the follow-up to Kresley Cole’s electrifying debut, POISON PRINCESS, isn’t a book you’ll want to miss.

With a writing style reminiscent of Richelle Mead, Kresley Cole’s latest is full of danger and oozing with emotion, enough to make you worry for every character’s safety, not just the protagonist’s.

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t find it as thrilling as I did POISON PRINCESS. It could be because I don’t remember POISON PRINCESS as much, but I found the developments in the relationship between Jackson and Evie way too rushed.

But I loved Death. Out of context, that sentence would be… odd, but trust me, in ENDLESS KNIGHT, Death is to die for (see what I did there?). The whole evil rooted in pain thing was well-played and broke my heart, making me side with Death, rather than Evie. My only disappointment? The fact that they portrayed Death with a rather… ugly model on the cover.

In POISON PRINCESS, we spent the majority of the book with the events before – the apocalypse, the suffering because of it, the zombies. In ENDLESS KNIGHT, Evie and the others embrace who they are. I’m not familiar with Tarot cards, but the inevitable fate looming over their heads raised the stakes and made the entire book all the more unpredictable.

The fleshed out characters are most noteworthy about Cole’s Arcana Chronicles. I loved them in POISON PRINCESS and I loved them in the sequel. I didn’t find their modern-day slang very amusing. I didn’t even understand some of them. And the pointless curse words were annoying – especially when Evie falls on her a** pretty much every few pages.

All in all, ENDLESS KNIGHT was a worthy sequel for POISON PRINCESS. Sure, I didn’t love it as much as I hoped, but it was good. Really good.

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November 23, 2013