Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
FINAL DECISION: This book introduces the love triangle of the series, and I hate love triangles. At the same time, the story is getting more complex and the motivations of the characters more murky.
THE STORY: Evie has come into her powers as the Empress — who controls plants and uses poison as one of her weapons. She and the other Arcana characters are engaged in a battle to the death for immortality. Evie is determined to thwart the game by forming alliances and then not killing her allies. But before she can do that she must destroy Death who is after her. When Evie and Death meet, Evie discovers that Death might be more complicated and attractive than she expected.
OPINION: This book is about the murky and often hidden motivations of characters. Things are not simple in this world and Evie is learning that things are not black and white for any of the characters. Friends betray and enemies have justifications. Evie herself realizes that her own history is far more complicated than she imagined.
This book also introduces the love triangle between Evie, Jack and Death. It is a testament to the book that it is difficult to choose between Jack and Death both for the reader and Evie. Death is a significant character in this book as some of his history and motivations are exposed.
I felt that the characters are developing well. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but things get more complicated and Evie has more allies, more enemies and more complications in her life.
There is significant action in this book and more Arcana characters meet their ends. I believe this book was more consistent in its flow, and the reason I gave it a 4 is because I really dislike love triangles. Your mileage may vary.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book ends on a cliffhanger.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ENDLESS KNIGHT is the second book in the Arcana Chronicles series. It should be read after the first book in order to understand whati s going on.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.