Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew.
Ashes to ashes . . .
Evie Greene’s story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game—like Death, Jack, and Fortune—must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams.
We all fall down.
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . .
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Kresley Cole's Arcana Chronicles is one of my most favorite series ever! It's so intense and each novel has seriously gotten better than the previous one. And when I heard about Day Zero, I knew I HAD to read it! Though it does state as being 3.5 in the series, it's sort of a prequel as well. It basically gives you background information on all the Arcana players and roles. So it does include spoilers and must not be read before Poison Princess, so keep that in mind! But I won't be mentioning spoilers in this one, never fear!
We basically get to see what a good deal of the Arcana players were doing when Day 0 occurred. And let me tell you, some of these stories were scary! At least in the sense that you're watching the world come to an end and possibly watching loved one die!
For a reader like myself who reads too much and can't always remember previous books (an issue I am remedying with taking better notes for myself. Of course this doesn't help me with all the books I've come to read and still reading series wise) this is a great book to give you a refresher in some way on who's who. Although I do know some have died already, I couldn't remember who all they were. Whoops! LOL!
There are some stories that aren't included. Some from characters we've met and some from who have yet to be revealed! I found those particular ones the most interesting, ironically. Only because we staring at text that's literally been blacked out. A few words are still readable in some, which they sometimes would form an odd sentence...which may or may not be intentional. Who's to say since we're missing text!
This novella is truly one for fans of the series. And if you haven't started this amazing series yet, I don't recommend starting with this one, because there are spoilers in a sense. Goodreads says it's 3.5 in the series and I would keep that in mind, like I mentioned earlier. This was one intense read and I truly enjoyed getting glimpses of all the other characters we've come to meet and seeing what they were doing at the time of the end and watching their powers come into play. It's one wild read for sure!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars