Dead of Winter
Book 3, The Arcana Chronicles
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Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.
Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first?
Best One Yet!
So we have fully entered the realm of the love triangle, which I normally hate. But, this one is different. There's a respect that grows between all parties (even Evie) that makes this seem less like childish indecision or the desire to pit two people against each other. Much of that is Evie's history and attitude. The Empress wants Death - Evie wants Jack. But since the Empress is Evie, well, she's got a decision to make. And....just so you know.....she does. But I'm not telling and I never would have guessed at how it all turned out!!!
Leading up to this, we get a really good look at some new-ish Arcana. We've briefly met a couple of them, but we get to see what makes them tick, and we get to see them as people instead of just powerful cards. Relationships are formed, trust made and broken. And we finally get to really meet The Lovers.
My favorite bad guy(s) so far. The Lovers seem extremely powerful and just as crazy. But it's through the journey to defeat them that Jack and Death come to an agreement and respect for each other. A very exciting addition to the story with one hell of a cliffhanger!!! Oh my goodness, it nearly killed me.
When did this story become Twilight FanFic??
Am I the only one that saw the near identical story line between Eclipse and this? Exchange Bella/Edward/Jacob with Cole's characters and it's distractingly similar. And the ending?? Didn't this already happen in the last book?? Disappointed.
Kresley is the most genius writer in history (along with Tolkien of course)! I have obsessed over every book I've read of hers. The Immortals After Dark series is my all time favorite and The Arcana Chronicles is right there. As an adult, I'm embarrassed to admit how in love I am with Death! This was the best in the series so far. I finished it in a day and could immediately have reread it. I hate love triangles, because I get invested in all the characters and want each to have their happy ending. Even though this one ended on a low point, I have high hopes for the next.
- Level: Grades 9 and Above
- Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
- Published: Jan 06, 2015
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Seller: SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, The Arcana Chronicles