Sep 25 2013 9:30am

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Endless Knight (Oct. 1, 2013)

Endless Knight by Kresley ColeKresley Cole
Endless Knight (Arcana Chronicles #2)
Simon Teen / Oct. 1, 2013 / $18.99 print, $6.49 digital

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.

Kresley Cole is the queen of manipulating my emotions. It’s really for the best that we don’t date. Endless Knight wrapped me around its little finger and I fell to its every whim. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

This second book in Cole’s young adult Arcana Chronicles series picks up immediately where Poison Princess ended. Jack now knows what Evie is, and she’s just truly come into her powers. She can be lethal and they both need to come to terms with that.

The emotional journey of Endless Knight begins with Evie accepting her role as the Empress, but fighting her instincts to lure and kill in the name of the game. Sometimes she succeeds, other times she doesn’t. She learns more about the past Empresses and has to wonder how much of that is in her. She feels callous and ruthless and vicious and wants to give into it, but her love for Jack keeps her grounded.

For his part, Jack is incredibly frustrating and so perfect. He’s conflicted, but his love is always clear. When he manages to say the right things, you want to climb inside the book for the chance to steal a kiss from that Cajun. It’s even better when things get fiery with him and Evie. The sensuality here is everything we expect from the romance genre master with language appropriate for a young adult novel.

But Cole does more than give a point-A-to-point-B love story. There are other characters in the mix. Betrayals. Unlikely saviors. Secrets that absolutely gut you. The romance here isn’t a straight line, and before you know it you’ll find yourself falling for characters you once hated and questioning the motivations of your favorites. Then back again.

Endless Knight is a game-changer. Your favorite couple(s) will change throughout the book. Maybe it’ll be the same by the end, maybe not. By the end every character has changed, grown and it’s absolutely stunning.

The rapid-paced plot made it one I couldn’t put down and the romantic ups and downs tied my stomach in knots in all the right ways. It goes from poignant to hot to sad to hot to beautiful to hot to a little confused, but still hot.

Did I mention it was hot?

Learn more or pre-order a copy of Endless Knight (Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole, out October 1, 2013:

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While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
I wasn't so sure about this series when I first heard about it--but seeing your rave is making me think I should dive in. Thanks!
2. ChelseaMueller
@MFrampton - I wasn't sure about Kresley Cole going to YA, but Poison Princess won me over, and Endless Knight has the kind of black moments you'd love.
3. SWorthington
May I ask where the Digital copy is $6.49??
I can only find it for $12.99-$9.09. I will get this either way, but
It's nice to save a few $$ :-)
4. ChelseaMueller
@SWorthington -- That was the pre-order price on Amazon last week. I promise, it's worth the full price, though! Absolutely loved this book.
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