Endless Knight Book Review *Kresley Cole*
Synopsis: 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.
The Poison Princess, the first book in Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles ended on a cliffhanger. Let me get this out of the way- The cliffhanger in Endless Knight is more intense, jaw dropping and a doozy of a doozy cliffhanger that may have readers in shock and perhaps anger at Kresley. But this event really turns this story on its ear. The world and the writing is unlike anything I’ve read by Kresley. Endless Knight has a very different tone and way with words and dialogue that may make readers scratching their heads, wondering where Kresley is taking the heroine, Evie. What Evie goes through is very intense, and at times heartbreaking because she is truly alone in this dangerous world where survival is barely living because if the zombies don’t get you, the cannibals will or the weather and lack of food and water may do you in.
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.
This was my reaction upon reading the last page:
Well played, Ms. Cole *Shakes fist*. I look forward to the next installment. (October 1st, Simon and Schuster)
Final Grade: B+