Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
If you read my Memory Lane Monday for Poison Princess, then you know I wasn't a huge fan of it. However, despite my negativity towards the first in novel, I found myself strangely very excited for Endless Knight. Mind you, this probably had more to do with the excessive marketing (including a pretty epic book trailer) than the actual novel itself, but nonetheless I was pumped. Although I liked Endless Knight much better than the first novel, I think I've learned that I'm not as crazy as a fan of this series as many other people are.
One thing I do like about this series, and more specifically this book, was the focus on the competition going on among the Tarots/Arcana. As the Tarot Empress, Evie finds herself having to tame her desire to kill the other Arcana and instead find a way to join forces with them to defeat Death and put an end to the game forever. The idea that the Arcana are reincarnated and have lived all these lives made each of them so interesting and it made me want to find out more about their past relationships, alliances and betrayals. The deep history added real depth to the storyline.
I have to admit, my feelings towards Jackson definitely did change for the better in Endless Knight...well, at least for the first half of the novel *sigh.* I didn't find him as pushy with Evie as he was in Posion Princess and the two of them just seemed to work better together. Their physical relationship also takes a new turn (Oh, and can I say, steammmyyyy) but, because of a certain shocking revelation, I'm sure I'm not the only one that is unsure as to where these two stand going into book three. It will be interesting to see!
There's a huge, sudden focus on a love triangle in Endless Knight between Evie, Jackson and Death (Yes, you read that write...another love triangle). At first, the idea of Death and Evie together repulsed me, but the more and more we get to know Death, the less and less I despised him. He's a very tortured character, making it difficult to hate him and even more difficult not to feel at least a little sympathy for him. The sexual tension between him and Evie and the constant "letting each other in and then pushing each other out" act gives these two fire. As for whether or not I prefer Evie with Death or Jackson, I can't say I am loyal to either team.....this is a rarity for me.....I don't know what to do with myself!
"When I returned for you after the Flash and you were knocked out in your bed, I'd never seen anything like you, all soft in sleep. I stole a bec roux." A sweet kiss. "I was gone for you, even then."
Between kisses her murmured...
"What are you saying?"
He drew back, curling his finger under his chin. "That you taste like life. You are my life now."
Overall, although I liked Endless Knight more than Poison Princess, I'm still just not able to fall in love with this series. Even though the series is a pretty popular one in the YA community and the actual plot (without the romantic story lines) is intriguing, I just can't say I'm all that desperate for book three. I'm interested in seeing what's next for these characters but you won't see me counting down to the next release. What did you think about Endless Knight? Do you prefer Jackson or Death? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,