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October 14, 2013

Review of Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

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

add to goodreadsEndless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole
Publication Date:  October 1, 2013
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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MaryAnn NewIf you haven’t read book 1, The Poison Princess, I really discourage you from reading anything in this review as it will spoil much of book 1.

O.M.G.!  This book!  I thought that book one in this series was amazing, but Endless Knight, book 2 in The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole blew my mind!  Not only was continuation of the story completely addicting, but my heart was torn between two utterly drool worthy guys!  Death vs. Jack… Flip flop went my heart, over and over again!

Picking up from where The Poison Princess left off, Endless Knight opens up revealing the aftermath of the battle between Evie (aka – The Empress) and a seriously demented Aracana – The Hermit.  After witnessing the return of “The Red Witch” in this grizzly showdown in book one, we see the aftershock that such power and destruction will leave in its wake, specifically through the eyes of a non-Aracana (aka one delicious Jack Deveaux).

Dealing with an inner battle after seeing the truth about his “girlfriend”, Jack is on the fence as to whether or not he can or should trust Evie and the little group of Arcanas surrounding him.  And it’s through this inner turmoil that my heart cried out for poor Evie!  It’s not her fault that her part in this messed up game was chosen for her… And try as she might to prove to Jack that she’s still the same person, Jack sees a supernatural being that can destroy anyone and everything in its path.

As this crew of Arcanas make their way to find Evie’s grandmother, more obstacles get in the way of their main objective.  Not only do they need to go through parts riddled with zombies and insane cannibals, but there are other Arcana’s gunning for Evie now that she has killed and earned another mark, which would mean by killing Evie, they in turn, would get 2 marks.

And although Evie has decided that she does not want a part of this deadly game of kill or be killed all for a chance at immortality, the Arcana out there believe that she is up to her old ways, and cannot be trusted.

But the biggest obstacle in Evie’s way is Death.  With his ongoing obsession with her, Death will stop at nothing to capture The Empress (Evie) and claim her death for himself.  And when that meeting presents itself, Evie is thrown by the mixture of emotions she feels for this ultimate bad boy.  With dark secrets revealed, all that Evie believed gets thrown out of whack, and an unexpected alliance will determine her fate and the fate of those she holds dear.

Seriously you guys.  If you haven’t started this series, Do.Not.Hesitate!  Sheer brilliance is what this is.  I dove right in after the opening sentence, and it felt as though I had never left.  You know how when you start the next book in a series, and it takes a while to get back into the swing of things?  Characters needing to be reintroduced, plot slightly forgotten and needed to be re-explained… None of that required.  It was very easy to get back into the story and pick the story back up.

Although the story is one that I absolutely adore to pieces, the characters themselves are ones that really stick out in your mind.  With the “trust or not to trust” factor ebbed into your subconscious, I found myself questioning even the littlest of actions and words to decipher whether or not the intentions were sincere.  I loved that about this book!  Always on your toes.  And with the introduction of new characters, they are ones that you won’t forge also.  Author, Kresley Cole, has this way of giving her characters a breath of life that makes them all too real.  And don’t even get me started on the Death and Jack.

My heart alone was for Jack, until Death reveals some jaw dropping news.  His demeanor and words and smirks and eyebrow lifts…all of that combined created this character that I wanted all for myself.  As the story went on, he grew on me…and I didn’t’ want to shake him off.

I recommend Endless Knight to fans of book 1 in this series.  If you’re looking for a read that is unique, unforgettable and totally addicting, start this series and dive right into book 2.  You will fall head over heels in lust…and for which boy, I’ll leave that up to you… I am in dire need to the next book ASAP!  Argh the wait will be torture!

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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. She has also written five award-winning historical romances. 

Since her first novel was released in 2003, Kresley has published nineteen books with Simon & Schuster and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia. 

Cole’s trademark action, sensuality, and humor are exemplified in her popular Immortals After Dark Series, which revolves around the Lore, a secret stratum of hundreds of immortal creatures–ranging from Vampires to Lykae, Furies to Shifters, and Fey to Valkyrie–that each have their strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Though they secretly live among humans, they constantly war among themselves, which gives her a lot of material. 

In 2007, Kresley won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water. You can learn more about Kresley atwww.kresleycole.com.

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7 Comments

  1. Tina B
    10/14/2013

    Fantastic review, MaryAnn!!
    I completely agree with you! I despised Death until things were revealed. Now, I don’t know what to make of him or Jack.
    I am going to go crazy with these cliffhangers that she keeps leaving for us. Lol.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks Tina! I’m totally torn between Death and Jack. Right now though…I’m Team Death lol

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    Tina B Reply:

    I think I am with you on that one. While I understand both of them for doing what they have done, at least Death has always been up-front.
    I’m surprised with my self about that also because I usually prefer dark hair and dark eyes. Lol

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  2. I can not wait to read this novel it sounds like it is an amazing sequel! I definitely can’t wait to read more about Death =D

    Emily @ Falling For YA

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  3. Sophia Rose
    10/14/2013

    Oh I am so glad that this one met and exceeded expectations. I can’t wait for my turn to read it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Joyousreads
    10/17/2013

    I haven’t read this series yet so I didn’t read too much of your review. One thing that stood out though – besides how much you loved it – is the mention of a possible love triangle? Eeep! Say it ain’t so!
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  5. ashlee
    11/9/2013

    Couldn’t wait for the next installment- such a great book and totally agree with your review. Death all the way imo.2014 cant get here fast enough! It was heartwrenching to know it would be another year to find out what is next. I love the tableaux and call outs when they get close to another. Kresley owns.

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