Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
Also in this series: Poison Princess
Also by this author: Poison Princess, The Professional, The Master
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.
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.
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.
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...
*There are slight spoilers considering this is the second book in the series so reader beware!
“Come, touch, but you’ll pay a price.”
Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the floor. Endless Knight is one hell of a game changer. I didn’t have any expectations when I went into this book besides just wanting to learn more about the Arcana and how the “game” worked. This series is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Not only is the mythology of all the players fascinating, but I ended up doing something I have only done in books twice before. Changed teams. Don’t get me wrong, I actually feel more for Jack in this book then the previous. He was less of a jerk and more of a redemptive kind of hero, but he pales in comparison to Death.
“The boy called Death is so full of…life.”
If you remember from Poison Princess, Evie had one of the players, Death, chirping in her ear, threatening her, typically being a pain in the ass. At first I was just under the assumption that he was the villain of the story, but I was SO wrong. Death has an agenda of his own that changes everything I thought about this series. After learning more about him, his story, and his endless history with Evie, my feelings did a complete 180. Death is kind of sad and misunderstood and so different from Jack. I know most people aren’t a fan of love triangles, but I happen to enjoy them very much, especially when each potential couple has so much potential. I literally have no idea which way Evie will go.
“My relationship with Jackson had felt fated. Whatever I had with Aric felt…endless.”
I honestly can’t get more into detail without spoiling this book but it was damn near perfect. I am still so impressed by Ms. Cole’s ability to weave a story with this much mythology and detail and manage to keep it from becoming too much or lacking in areas. The characters have continued to evolve and I love seeing Evie tap into her Arcana powers. She’s powerful and seductive but still tries to keep her humanity. Dead of Winter is one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and it cannot come soon enough.