- Series: The Arcana Chronicles (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442436670
- ISBN-13: 978-1442436671
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles) Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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Death and the Empress have tangled in many past games (or lives), but this time Death is determined not to succumb to her charms, while Evie can’t forget her hopes of building a game-ending alliance and her love for a mortal man. Most of the book focuses on Evie’s action-packed attempts to find a way out of the life-and-death arcana game, but it transitions suddenly and without warning into a spicy romance novel for the last third, and the sudden turn of the plot may thwart readers looking for more of one thing or the other. Fans of Poison Princess (2012), however, will still dig it, and a juicy cliff-hanger ending will amp up their appetites for further tarot-based adventures. Grades 9-12. --Cindy Welch
PRAISE FOR POISON PRINCESS
“An electrifying mix of page-turning, post-apocalyptic adventure and sizzling romance. The Arcana Chronicles will blow you away!” (P.C. Cast)
“The prose crackles with energy and interest, the content is on target in terms of current demand, and this could be the next Twilight.” (Booklist)
“My brain is near exploding with how crazy good this story was… An exceptionally well written plot that will have you turning pages and sticking up a ‘do not disturb’ sign. You won’t want to be interrupted. Especially when Jackson has his smexi Cajun mojo in full swing.” (novelsontherun.blogspot.com)
“Holy Mother of YA Goodness…did Kresley Cole write a book! I’m still getting the chills thinking about this ‘Poison Princess!’… Jack Deveaux, [is] a swoon-worthy character if ever there was one.” (parajunkee.com)
“Kresley Cole knows how to capture an audience because I was gone from page one.” (mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com)
"A juicy cliff-hanger ending will amp up their appetites for further tarot-based adventures." (Booklist)
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Evie is a much stronger person after the events in The Poison Princess. She has come into her powers of manipulating plant life, and has a motley crew of others like her. Her off again, on again love interest, Jack is the only normal human of the bunch and he still frustrates Evie because he's hot and cold toward her. Not that they have any time to work out their problems or time for romance because they're being stalked. This time around the hungry hoard of mindless zombies that roam the land are still a nuisance but it's the cannibals, the humans who want fresh meat they have to keep their eye on. There's also Death and his supernatural minions charting Evie's every move. Death has special plans for Evie. She has this connection to him, and those reasons are revealed in strange dreams. All she wants is to find a safe place and hopefully locate her grandmother, as well as try for some sort of future with Jack.
Things go terribly wrong for Evie and her crew. They're kidnapped by cannibals who'll eat the boys and keep the girls for their own sick pleasures (and may still eat them). But Evie is saved by Death and taken to his fortress for his own purpose. Death hates Evie and wants to kill her, but only on his terms. Evie finally figures out why Death is so full of rage against her, and it's not just because there can only be one victor in this game. She and Death have a past (Evie has a few past lives, while Death is centuries old). These enemies have a bond, and it's nothing like Evie has with Jack. Evie has to decide if she'll allow Death to court her , or stay true to Jack. But Death is seductive and powerful and won't rest until Evie succumbs to him so he can rule the word.
Endless Knight is one trippy book. The cannibal element is bigger this time around, and I won't be eating lasagna for a while (you'll understand this when you read). Kresley has written a more gruesome, electric, sexual and very X-Men like plot with tones of Stephen King's The Stand and Cormac Mccarthy's The Road, much like in The Poison Princess, but on a more disturbing level. That feeling you had while you read or watched The Road is the same as you read Endless Knight. The Poison Princess was more along the lines of a young adult post-apocalyptic tale, but Endless Knight is more horror with a mystical element. It's also a game changer, and Death is the main catalyst who changes the rules. Death speaks in riddles and a ye olde type of language that at times had me confused. I had to re-read what he was saying. I would say this was on purpose but it got to the point where I wanted him to silently brood rather than open his mouth. The way Evie gets him to silently brood gives the book some lighthearted moments that leads to a few sexual charged interactions between the two (poor Jack).
The last thirty pages is a big big shock, like an uber "OMGWTF is Kresley doing?" shock, but you'll be invested and anxious to read the next installment.
Well played, Ms. Cole *Shakes fist*.
That being said, let's get to the book. If I could give a book more than five stars, this book would get so many it's not even funny. I was told Endless Knight was better than Poison Princess and let me tell you, I was NOT lied to. This book absolutely blew me away in every sense of the word. I couldn't put this book down; while I was at work, I was sneaking a chapter here and a chapter there even though I knew I had work to do. I couldn't help it, I needed to know what happened next but then it just kept happening over and over again; the need to know more. It's been awhile since I've felt this strongly about a book or at least, it feels like it has. I've enjoyed a lot of the books I've read recently but nothing like this. Not even close.
Endless Knight picks up exactly, and I mean exactly where Poison Princess left off. No crash course refresher here. It's all about getting back to the nitty gritty and finding out more. Jack, oh Jack, he is so sexy and it broke my heart seeing him look at Evie the way he did. It broke her heart, too. She loves him, there's no denying that but there's also no denying the fact that she's changed, whether she wanted to or not. The end of Poison Princess just shows us how much.
I absolutely love Finn and Matthew; Finn is so much fun - I want to be friends with him. He would be so much fun to be around, he's such a jokester and always seems to have a good time. I mean, who doesn't want to surround themselves with someone like that? Matthew, though crazy is actually very humorous, as well though I think it's unintentional it still works. There's Selena, whose a tough pill to swallow but she really comes around in this book. The supporting characters really shine in this book, at least in my eyes. I don't want to say they steal the show because they don't, that job belongs to Death but we'll get to him momentarily. Lark is a new character we're introduced to and she's one that I've kind of been on an emotional roller coaster with. Do I hate her or do I like her - at times I really can't tell.
Death, oh Death I how I love thee though I really shouldn't. I'm sorry, Cajun, but my heart has been stolen by Death himself. Oh my holy hottness - there are no words to describe how I feel about Death. Seriously. I hated him because he's Death and he's trying to come between Evie and Jack and oh heck no, that's not happening. Not on my watch. Turns out, the battery must've died because that's exactly what happened. He squeezed his cute little, toned behind (I'm imagining he has a very nice bum indeed) right there in front of Jack, in my eyes. You know what's scarier though? Not only getting the reader (me) to fall for him but also Evie. Yes, you read this correctly. Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to one of the hottest love triangles in YA today. I kid you not. If you do not come out of this book with some crazy ass feelings about both guys then I need to ask if something is seriously wrong with you. Or should I be asking myself if I am the one with the problem because I actually think I like Death more than Jack. Shocking, I know but I do not lie.
You know a good book never lacks a healthy amount of action, betrayal, drama, tension, kissing-oh god was there ever some hot kissing-death, destruction and insane amount of feelings. The feels that I am feeling after finishing - I cannot stop thinking about this book and I am dying knowing I have to wait for the next book! Seriously, if you've read Poison Princess I want to know why you haven't gone out and gotten Endless Knight already? You need to get this book now and drop everything else you're reading. I loved it so much that I want to read it again. I won't because I have other books to read but the temptation is there. Maybe I'll re-read the last 25% of the book again! THAT ENDING-oh, that ending . . .
Reviewed by Jessica @ Step Into Fiction