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. [Goodreads]
As much as I really really hate the cover of the second book in The Arcana Chronicles by Cole, I absolutely love the basis of this series. If you haven’t read my review of The Poison Princess, be sure to check it out here.
With every kill, the card that kills the person gets their icon. Evie discovers that amongst this game of ‘survival of the fittest’, she has also lived through multiple deaths. A repeating of history, a repeating of the game and each time they have to kill one another. Evie is determined to end the game, but the only thing in the way of that is Death. He’s been calling to Evie. Tormenting her. Amongst trusting and making allies, she also has to find a way to destroy Death. With Matthew showing her the way, it turns out there’s a lot she still doesn’t understand about the game. And then when she meets Death, he reveals truths she can’t go ignoring.
As Evie grows to understand her powers she ultimately becomes confused in the mind. I’m not saying this in a bad way, but that with the addition of Death in her head, she struggles in what to do. How to keep Jackson safe as well as the rest of her allies. I really loved how strong Evie became in this novel. After her first kill, it almost breaks her apart because of the fact that they all have to kill one another. To end the game she needs allies to go against Death. Even when Finn and Selena are completely against her motion, she still pushes on to try to get a truce with others.
As soon as Evie and Death finally meet, Death steals the whole show. He’s the douchey male character, broody, mean, thinks he’s always in charge and can get his way, wears all black… but then has that soft inside. Even with these labels, sometimes I find it funny to think about them as people and Death is definitely one. I mean, there’s a part in the novel where he’s sitting in a chair, reading a newpaper and drinking coffee. Yeah. Death. Reading a newspaper. Death reading in general. But also drinking coffee? Bet it’s black like his soul. *round of applause* thank you thank you *bows* 😉
There’s a completely and utterly uncomfortable scene in this book when Death feels like he can do what he wants and Evie will follow through. It almost made me feel sick. And I’m glad we don’t see Evie get belittled and overpowered by the male dominance. I would also be raging if Cole wrote that Death got away with it because it would be a wrong move. Wrong move 100%.
If you think Jackson is the bad boy in the show, you’ve not read about Death. Also, yes, that is Death on the cover but I don’t picture him looking like the image above.
I’ve swiftly moved onto reading Dead of Winter and am loving it! Review for that to come soon. But for now..
I really liked it