Endless Knight by Kresley ColeEndless Knight by Kresley Cole

Endless Knight

byKresley Cole

Hardcover | October 1, 2013

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In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

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…
Before becoming a writer, Kresley Cole was a world-ranked athlete and coach. Her first novel, The Captain of All Pleasures, was published in 2003. She writes paranormal and historical romance novels including the MacCarrick Brothers trilogy and the Immortals after Dark series. She has won several awards including the 2007 RITA Award fo...
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Title:Endless KnightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442436670

ISBN - 13:9781442436671

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Intense and Shocking And the plot thickens, to an insane degree! I definitely liked the second book way more than the first, for multiple reasons that I'll get to in a minute, even though at times it still drove me crazy. The story was complex and engaging, full of action and twists I didn't see coming. I really liked how we were introduced to more, powerful cards and saw more of this truly terrifying world. Characters were really good, and while I'm still struggling to enjoy Jack as a character, admittedly his temperament and attitude seemed to have improved. Mostly. Evie is still a great lead character and I loved following her journey. But my favourite by far was Death. He was a big surprise and I loved everything we learned about him. Such a tragic character! I wasn't a huge fan of the ending and what it will mean for the characters, but I do want to see what some of the remaining cards are capable of and want to see how Evie will grow as a character. Plus I want to know more about Death! The series is getting a lot better so I look forward to seeing what the ominously titled third book will hold!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked the plot and the characters. Overall pretty good second book.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Which side to choose!? This series has a Hunger Games feel. And it's just about impossible to decide if you are on Team Jack or Team Death. I still couldn't pick! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2nd in Arcana Major Series. Within thus series I greatly enjoyed number 1 and I was actually nicely surprised that I enjoyed the second one as much as I did! This is definitely a series to watch out for! - Thanks
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leave the Cajun to the Lovers..... Screw jack he's s lying prick anyways.... run away and live happily ever after with beautiful death...
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endless knight Love all Kresley Cole's books and this doesn't disappoint!!!
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible So much suspense and twists. And such a great development of the characters.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved it more than the first, can't wait till the next one. I love everything Kreisler cole writes!!!!!
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read One of those books you can't put down.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome r Next book Pls!!
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com O_0 ... ......... What a freaking ending!!!! You know what I did when I finished this book? I stared at it angrily. Why? Because this book left me in torment. Much like Death is in torment. Much like Jack is in torment. Like Evie....like everyone in this books is in torment! My torment? I have to wait (only Kresley Cole) knows how long for the next one...and that makes me angry. This book was amazing. The first one was amazing, so of course it would be. I'll admit I had my doubts. You see in the first book I fell in love with a Cajun. I fell in love hard! And I thought how? How could this be replicated? How could I possible love the second book as much as the first? Just how? I now firmly pull my foot from my mouth, because Endless Knight is how. It blew my mind. Here I was thinking one way about a character and the story, and the world gets turned upside down. I don't know if I can explain it to you without ruining, but I will say this: Death. He is vicious and so much else. Heavy on the friggin’ else. I am actually and utterly confused. I have no clue what lies in Evie's future. I have no clue what choices she should make and when I try and ponder her predicament I feel like I need to see a shrink cause I have no clue how I would continue this story and I have no clue how Kresley Cole will. All I know is I'm craving a Cajun and the third novel in this series STAT! Good: Jack- Because he’s Jack. Evie- Because she is so complicated and torn Death-Because he’s Death, and so very-much like Jack. Which is something I realized this very second. Matthew- He is confusing. All the Arcana- Because they are all awesome in their own way. Bad: The fact that the book came to an end. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall this book was mind-blowing. It has left me with a reading high and I can’t wait for the next in the series! Kresley Cole has left me dumbfounded and not sure what to think aside from knowing that I want more.Although its somewhat hard to keep track of all the Arcana’s and their present and past selves I was still able to keep up with the book and never really had to re-read anything. Actually Kresley Cole was nice enough to include a written list about a quarter way through with every persons name and their card making it easy for me to refer back to. I am absolutely emerged in this dystopian world where the cards pasts reflect their future and affect their lives. I want to make a call that Jack is going to be the card that doesn’t know they are a card until they kill an Arcana, but that seems a little too easy, so I’ll just keep it in my back pocket for now and come back to it later. The kind of fantasy that Kresley Cole is use to writing is sometimes out of my comfort zone, but this series makes me want to break that comfort zone time and time again as long as i get to spend some time with Evie, Death, and especially..Jack.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reader Excellent read. Original idea in the supernatural realm of reading options
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reader Excellent read. Original idea in the supernatural realm of reading options
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALOT better then the first one! It was better then the first book in more ways then one. I really liked the way the characters were described. I liked how you still were getting to know them and how they were described. I also find that when you get to some of the other books in a series, other characters become more background and are part of the story less. It was horrifying and amazing at the same time. It was less confusing with who was talking and what and this one was defiantly alot better then the first one. The plot was a little slow then it was a little fast. There was a lot of time skipping but in a way, it was made up for when they reviewed what had happened in the last few days they skipped. It wasn't just "Days passed without a word from blank" The events in the plot were surprising and really brought out my emotions and opinions of the book and how I was feeling. It really sucks you in. Can't wait to read the next one! :D
Date published: 2013-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love I'm so disappointed I have to wait for the next book.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endless knight Jack, Aric, Jack, Aric. How do you choose. Fantastic story.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frustration... lol Great books, but the way they end is maddening !!!
Date published: 2013-10-02

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Endless Knight 1 DAY 246 A.F. REQUIEM, TENNESSEE FOOTHILLS OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS This is what I truly am. . . . Jackson stumbled back from me, making the sign of the cross. Just as I once predicted. With that one gesture, he has broken my heart utterly. —And yet I could not be prouder, Empress— seductive Death whispered in my mind. I heard him so clearly; he must be close. I had nothing left to lose, no reason to live in fear of him. Watch your six, Reaper, I’m on the hunt. A rasping chuckle. —Your Death awaits.— I started laughing, and I couldn’t stop. Jackson paled even more. I hoped he would desert me now and take the other three with him, out of my reach. Because otherwise, the Empress might just kill them all— Moisture tracked down my face. A tear? Rain. As Jackson and I stared at each other, drops began to fall between us. My laughter died when I saw him clutching my hair ribbon so tightly that his battered knuckles were white—as if by holding on to it, he could hold on to the sweet girl he thought he’d known. She was gone, replaced by the Empress, still tensed to fight, standing in a puddle of the Alchemist’s remains. As my reddened hair streamed over my cheeks, I felt my face twisting into an expression I’d never made before. One of menace. I was half-surprised Jackson hadn’t drawn on me, but his deadly crossbow was still slung over his shoulder. Along with the ominous drizzle, fog began rolling into this ghost town, obscuring everything, but I spied movement out of the corner of my eye. I dragged my gaze away from Jackson to the rest of our ragtag group, three other Arcana like myself. Selena, Matthew, and Finn. It was Selena I focused on. She’d removed her bow from her back and was now slipping an arrow from her thigh quiver. I raised my brows with surprise. I supposed the Archer had finally gotten tired of waiting to kill us. When she nocked that arrow, the whirling thorn tornado above me tightened. The little vine by my face straightened in her direction, a viper poised to strike. “So that’s how it’s going to be, Archer?” My voice was raw from screaming in pain. I sounded like a movie villainess. I felt like one too. There’s a heat in battle—just as Matthew had told me. “Do we do this now?” Exhaustion was setting in as my body regenerated. Though the Alchemist’s acid grenades had eaten away part of my clothes—and skin—I still had some fight left in me. But for how long? “Whoa, ladies, what’s going down here?” Finn asked in his SoCal surfer accent. “Selena, why in the hell are you drawing on Evie?” Matthew murmured, “The Moon rises. The Moon sets.” Selena ignored both boys. “I don’t want to hurt you, Evie,” she said, even as she aimed at me. Her flawless skin glowed, tinged with red like a hunter’s moon. Her long hair streamed around her face, silvery blond, the color of moonlight. “But I will protect myself until you rein this back in.” “I’ve remembered what we’re meant to do, Selena.” Kill each other. “Give me one reason why I shouldn’t end you right now.” I waved to the two huge oaks I’d revived earlier. Behind her, the ground rumbled as their roots snaked closer, readying to drag her into the earth. My soldiers awaiting my order. It would be a horrific way to go. “You need me,” she said. “You and I—along with some other cards—will ally to kill Death. He’s too strong for any one of us to take out alone. We work together until we defeat him. Then all bets are off.” “And if I say no?” She drew back on her bowstring. The glyphs winding along my skin burned brighter with aggression. “Shoot me, Selena. I want you to. I’ll just regenerate, and I’ll bury you.” Big talk, considering I was weakening by the second. My soldiers as well. Selena chanced a glance over her shoulder. “We don’t have time for this right now! Bagmen are coming, more than I’ve ever seen together.” No night after the apocalypse was complete without those bloodthirsty zombies. “But J.D.”—she jerked her chin at Jackson—“and I only have a few arrows between us. We had to steal a jeep from that militia to get here. Let’s just say they didn’t give it up easily.” I could hear the Bagmen’s bloodcurdling wails somewhere out in the night. Like counting seconds between a lightning strike and thunder, I figured they were some distance away. But it also sounded like tons of them. “On top of that, other cards have been on our trail for a day,” Selena continued. “By now they know you offed an Arcana—the Alchemist’s death will draw them here. Soon.” Jackson gazed back and forth between me and Selena. Fifteen minutes ago, he’d thought we were two somewhat normal girls—or as normal as we could be A.F., after the Flash. Now we were talking about killing each other, killing a card named Death. While a thorn tornado swirled above us. Not to mention that Jackson had seen the Alchemist’s remains, and knew I’d ripped a teenager to pieces. Selena eased up a fraction on her bowstring. “We need to call a truce for the night and get as far away as possible.” “A truce—there we go, good idea!” Finn said. “Let’s get on the road and talk this out. Evie, tell me you have my truck.” “Out of gas.” “Shit. Ours, too. Looks like we’re on foot.” No reaction from Jackson. He looked both stunned and whipped with fatigue. Eyes bloodshot. Stubble covering his rugged jaw. The heat of battle was ebbing; I no longer had to stifle the overwhelming urge to annihilate the other Arcana. Maybe it had flared hotter because I’d denied my Empress nature for so long. Selena would be an idiot to take me out while Death lived. Was an alliance possible? I needed time to think about everything, to consider my options. “Truce,” I agreed. “For tonight.” She popped her arrow off the string, sliding it into her quiver with one fluid movement. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Such a show-off. Without that threat, I began reining in my powers. As my claws morphed into regular pink nails, I directed my tornado of thorns to drop to the street. The barbs plummeted like a swarm of bees dying in unison. On my left forearm, a skin glyph of three thorns shimmered from gold to green before dimming. I pressed a farewell kiss to the caressing vine. When its length seeped into the skin of my right arm as if submerging underwater, a winding vine glyph glowed, then faded. My red, leaf-strewn hair lightened back to blond. I knew my eyes were changing from green to my normal blue. Jackson, ever watchful, studied my movements, my reactions. Warily, as he might a wild animal. I didn’t blame him. I would be losing my mind to see this stuff for the first time. And actually, I had lost my mind when I’d first seen these things through Matthew’s visions. Tonight Jackson had learned the world wasn’t at all what he’d thought it was. Right now, he looked like he wanted to be anywhere but here. But if he feared me—or us—then why hadn’t he left? I was about to ask him when a wave of dizziness and chills hit me, regeneration sapping the last of my strength. The drops of rain were sparse but enough to dampen my hair and uncovered skin. As I limped to go find my jacket, I wondered if I would have time to harvest the life out of the oaks. I could sink my claws into their bark and suck them dry, like mainlining energy. But it took time. One bad thing about using trees as weapons? After the Flash, I had to load them with my own life force, my blood. Another bad thing? You couldn’t take them with you. The others followed me inside, skirting the puddle of remains. Not really “inside,” I thought, gazing at the surreal scene. Though the house was split in two, its exterior walls and roof collapsed, parts of the parlor were untouched. Doilies clung to tables. The fire lingered in the standing hearth. This house was like me. We’d started out the day one way, and now we were both damaged beyond repair. But a part of me remains the same. I hope. Jackson’s gaze flickered over the dribbled burn marks on the floor. Acid had eaten away areas in the same scatter-patter array that marked my blistered legs. The wood was pocked around two perfect footprints, like twin islands. When he looked at my healing skin, I knew he was putting together what had happened to me here. Surely he’d understand why I’d had to do what I did. My eyes fell on Arthur’s recorder, still sitting atop an end table, now dotted with raindrops. A tape of my life’s story lay within. It’d clicked off just before he’d threatened to carve up my face with a scalpel. . . . Matthew crossed to me, grinning down at me from his towering height, big brown eyes so trusting. “I missed Evie. The Empress is my friend.” The flare of aggression I’d felt while in full Empress mode had faded almost to nothing. Had I really believed that I might harm the others? I was ashamed of my thoughts. Of course I’d never hurt Matthew. Which meant I’d never play this game. He raised his ruddy face to the sky, catching drizzle. We’d gone eight months without rain; Matthew had predicted all bad things would come with it. One threat at a time. “We need to find shelter, sweetheart. Preferably one with a standing roof and no body parts scattered around.” Wincing at the pain in my legs, I asked, “Do I have enough time to drain energy from the oaks?” Just as Matthew answered, “No,” Finn yelled, “Bagmen!”

Editorial Reviews

"A juicy cliff-hanger ending will amp up their appetites for further tarot-based adventures."