Audiobook Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Posted October 31, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Young Adult / 54 Comments

Audiobook Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2
Published by Simon and Schuster
Published on: October 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs & 55 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

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.

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Going into POISON PRINCESS I couldn’t help thinking Young Adult—this is going to suck, but Kresley Cole’s writing quickly won me over to Evie’s side, and then Emma Galvin sealed the deal with her mesmerizing narration. And now, here I am, completely committed to this series, and putting my stamp of approval on book 2. The characters show a level of maturity that I never expected from this genre, and there was even a sex scene in this installment. Yes folks, don’t let these teenagers fool you, this is grown up YA at its best. The author does such an amazing job of making readers dislike Death that when the love triangle began to develop I was convinced that nothing could sway me from Team Deveaux. Well, now I’m eating crow because Aric was so skillfully fleshed out that the Cajun is just a distant memory. Jackson who?

For a girl that doesn’t want to play the game, Evie sure is racking up Arcana symbols! I love how far she’s come from that scared young woman refusing to accept her new, albeit harsh reality, to the ring leader of an unlikely alliance of Arcana. Greene shows mercy when the situation calls for it, and still believes that more than one power card can survive the coming battle, but when he friends’ lives are on the line, she doesn’t hesitate to do what must be done. I enjoyed witnessing the Empress embrace her powers in ENDLESS KNIGHT; her abilities may be the complete opposite of Death’s, however life can, and does annihilate just as easily. Evie continues to surprise me at every turn from how she deals with the teeth (carnivores), to certain characters’ two-facedness, to Aric’s unexpected past. The Red Queen is no pushover!

Coles’ dystopian world-building marched forward in this installment with the Hierophant, Devil, Tower, Strength, Judgment, and World cards. I liked learning more about their tableaux, calls, and powers as well as the characters that they represent. I also developed a soft spot for Scarface, Cyclops, and Maneater—Lark’s wolves. The plot line was uncomplicated: escape Death, and when that fails, survive him. I enjoyed the showdown leading up to Evie’s capture, and her time with Aric was enlightening to say the least. I was happy that Jackson was finally clued in to the game and ecstatic when he and Evie found a brief respite in each other’s arms. But of course, just when Greene decides to trust him his deception comes to light.

This novel took so many turns that I did not see coming, and oddly enough, I found myself rooting for the bad guy! Like most other readers, love triangles are the bane of my existence, but the one in ENDLESS KNIGHT is so far removed from what is typical of this trope that I wasn’t the least bit upset by it when it eventually surfaced. I’d mentioned in my review of book 1 that Emma Galvin’s narration carried that installment, so I was relieved to see her flying solo this time around. I’m not knocking Keith Nobbs’ delivery, but I prefer to give credit where it’s due. Galvin excels at bringing THE ARCANA CHRONICLES’ dark tone to life while still doing the youthful characters justice with a YA authenticity that so many performers in this genre lack.

ENDLESS KNIGHT concluded with one heck of a cliffhanger, but that’s a recipe for success as far as pre-orders of DEAD OF WINTER go because you can bet I’ll be glued to my earbuds come hell or high water on January 6th, 2015.

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54 responses to “Audiobook Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

  1. Can’t wait to read this Carmel!!! I really enjoyed the first book and look forward to seeing how Evie progresses in this one:) Glad the love triangle didn’t turn out to be of the typical YA variety, that makes me feel much better!

  2. LOL Carmel! I almost always find myself rooting for the bad guy, I guess is that thing about bad boys. I don’t really like triangles, but for some reason I’m more tolerant of them in YA reads. I expect a lot more from an adult heroine, and that’s knowing what she wants.
    Kresley Cole is just an awesome writer…Wait until you listen to her adult series, that’s another magical team (author/narrator)no to be missed!
    Fabulous review!
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    • I go into a YA title expecting there to be a love triangle, and I am more tolerable of them because they are a trope of this genre, but that doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. LOL Yes, yes, Melanie has been on my case to start IAD. On it!

  3. Woohoo! I’m thrilled to see your stamp of approval on this series, Carmel. It’s one that I’ve had my eye on and if you like it, I know I will. 🙂 I’ve only read one of Cole’s IAD so I’m not really familiar with her writing style. But for whatever reason, this YA intrigued me. Now I just have to find time to pull it off my shelf! 🙂 Happy Friday!
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    • Admittedly, I was shocked by how much I liked these, however that’s not exactly a bad thing. Two installments are more manageable than her other series which is why I made ’em my starting point, but I’ve exhausted my options, and must switch to her adult now. Hehe!

  4. Girl, so many people told me to read this series that I will have to. We even had plans for a read-a-long but sadly we couldn’t manage it. Anyhow I’m so happy that the sequel was this good and that it develops ideas from the first book. Great review 🙂
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    • Then you should listen to them, they are telling the truth! I wouldn’t have the patience for a read-a-long mind you, I’d get annoyed at having to wait for everyone to catch-up.

    • I haven’t read her adult books, but they were recommended to me by a number of bloggers, as were these, so my expectations were high, and Cole rocked it!

  5. I couldn’t agree more with your review, this book is AMAZING. Actually, it was one of my favorite audiobooks of 2013. Now, I’m counting the days left to get my hands on Dead of Winter… Only a little bit over two months.

    • There are zombies, however this is NOT a zombie book, if that helps. The Arcana angle was awesome, and Death—*swoons*—you need to read these to really understand.

  6. Maybe I should have listened instead of read book 1. I liked it enough that I’m curious as to how things go in book 2 so I’m glad to hear that you loved it. I think I’m going to give book one a try on audio and then grab book 2 because honestly even though the characters kind of drove me crazy in book 1 the story was awesome. Thanks for making the decision to continue the series for me. Your review did the trick. 🙂
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    • The narrator can sometimes make a HUGE different, and I think Galvin really did the trick for this series. The first installment was a bit of a struggle in the beginning, however this one was smooth sailing. Loved it!

  7. Amber Elise  

    I’m not even mad that there is a love triangle in this one, I LOVE baddies! 🙂 I’ma be honest Carmel, I didn’t like Jackson that much in Poison Princess so I’m curious to see where Kresley takes this one!

    And the third cover is soo different, it’s throwing me off!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    • Yeah, they switched the covers, the first two got new ones too, but I prefer the original versions which is why I featured them in my review. I hate when they do that! Forget Jackson, Death is where it’s at!

  8. I gave up on this series – I didn’t even finish first book, but the thing is that my reading preferences when it comes to fantasy,dystopian and paranormal novels have changed. I don’t like when the main focus is completely on love story or when the faith of the world depends on would a boy and a girl end up together.

    If there’s no plot twist like that, I might give it second chance.

    Great review, Carmel.
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    • Hmm… I strongly suspect that the fate of the Arcana universe might be dependent on who Evie ends up with, so perhaps this series isn’t for you. I don’t read dystopians, so I was ok with that aspect.

    • I loved the first novel (once we got past the high school stuff), but I ADORED this installment. Death is such a phenomenal character; Evie has a difficult decision on her hands!

  9. Character growth, awwww yeah! Completely necessary for any quality series, imo. Of course you loved the wolves, Carmel! Shocker. 😉 Sometimes I can deal with love triangles (as long as they’re not too drawn out), but it’s definitely the best when you start to root for the “bad guy.” And it’s even better when the bad guy is maybe not so bad as you thought…
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  10. This series continues to be pushed on me by one of my bloggy friends and after reading your review I’m more than convinced that I need to read these BUT, I will only do so once the last book comes out, cause horrible cliffhanger means I need to have the last book ready to dive into in right away!
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