Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on October 1, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
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.
The opening and closing tableau of POISON PRINCESS was so powerful, it dwarfs the rest of the book in my memory. ENDLESS KNIGHT, to it's credit, is more about the overall high than any one, single moment. Evie survives danger after danger, interwoven with the strategy necessary to survive the Arcana, and unflinchingly faces the legacy of her card without surrendering agency or control of her current choices.
But while Evie's politics grow ever more impressive, on the romance side she is undeniably a seventeen-year-old girl. Her lovelife is red hot, well intentioned, and ultimately the angst-ridden mess you'd expect from a teenager struggling under a cosmic burden. Jackson wasn't as alluring as I remembered him as his moods, his drinking, and his like-a-sore-thumb Cajun accent made him hard to fall back in love with. This works for the story, however, as Evie is growing beyond the vulnerable schoolgirl he once took under his protection, and all relationships and friendships are reexamined in this second book. Powerful and haunted, Evie may wish for her normal, human life to return, but she shoulders the responsibility of her power beautifully.
The Arcana Chronicles incorporates so many of the dynamics I loved in The Hunger Games: romance, danger, politics... this series has it all, with supernatural abilities and zombies on top. Evie must master her own abilities without losing her humanity (or becoming subject to someone else's agenda), and the battle for her identity and future trumps everything else for me. I'm not only hooked on the battle of Arcana itself, I can't wait to see who (or what) Evie grows in to.Series Titles:
- Poison Princess - 4/5