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…
OOOOMG! Kresley Cole's Endless Knight was a one-day read because it was that freaking awesome!! Okay, now I admit to being a bit confused by the end of Poison Princess, but thankfully things get explained to the extent that I can understand what the freak is going on! And needless to say it's some higher being or fate or some such thing wreaking havoc on earth...again.
Evie along with other teenagers--for it seems only teenagers play these roles for whatever reason--are reincarnates of the major Arcana from the Tarot deck. So there's twenty-two of these peeps. And every now and then--really not sure what this time constraint is--there's an apocalypse of some sort, some major devastating event and these twenty-two people go against one another. Killing one another. Whoever is the last to stand gains immortality...until the next battle in however many years begins. And now Evie is apart of this "game".
We pick up right where we left off and I loved that! Even though I just read the last one last week, it's still a great thing to see because you know you haven't missed anything! Evie has come into her powers and killed one of the other major Arcana people while trying to defend herself. She freaks out her new friends and even Jackson, but they have to keep moving forward to find Evie's grandmother for that's what Evie promised her mother. And she wants Jackson to keep his promise and get her there, even though he's become cold towards her in the aftermath of everything.
But their trip is still fraught with dangers and perils and even possible death. The other Arcana are looking to take Evie out, Death included. Death has been speaking to Evie and it seems they have a past connection, one Evie isn't sure of but he keeps pestering her, making life even more difficult. But Jackson is there to help keep the voices at bay. We also meet Lark, another Arcana incarnate. She joins them on their quest, seeing it's safer during these times to stick with a group you can trust. And for the most part Evie and her group trust her and she trusts them.
But then the shit hits the fan and all hell breaks loose when Evie is taken by Death! Not that she dies, but Death kidnaps her. Then so begins a lot more learning for Evie as she learns things about herself and the course of events that put Death and her together. And it's all pretty shocking!
I so wasn't prepared for Death and we do learn his real name, but I'll leave that out for now! He consistently tells Evie that he'll kill her eventually. After all, only one can win this game. And he's won it the past three times, and I believe there's only ever been three games. So that's saying something! I can't get into too many details as to why I found Death to be an intriguing character, because I might get too close to spoilers. But let's just say that I found him to be an intriguing character! ;)
There's still romance in this one! Oh boy is there! Jackson breaks my heart again and again, but I still love that Cajun boy! And I practically swoon over the cover with Death and Evie on the front! He kind of reminds me of James Marsters as Spike, but James had more defining cheekbones. Death is still pretty hot though!
Things really heat up plot wise too! I still can't be sure where this story is heading, but I mean that in a good way. I like an unclear course. It just makes way for lots of surprises. But I feel I have a better handle on what's going on now with all the Arcana players and I am grateful for that! Things make sense now!
I don't know what else to say about this one since I don't want to mistype and add spoilers. But I definitely enjoyed this one a LOT! There were times I felt like I wasn't reading a YA novel because Evie and her new friends have already experienced so MUCH...so much of everything, that I am amazed at how these teens are surviving in this harsh environment!
And oh boy that ending! It pretty much leaves us in the thick of action just like last time. So there's a lull in the moment, but you know there are still more big things to come and I am dying to see where Evie's journey will take us to the very end! I truly wished that Endless Knight truly was endless, cliched as it is, but I didn't want it to end for anything! And now sadly I am left waiting, as always, for the next read!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars