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Review: ‘Arcana Rising’ by Kresley Cole

Review: ‘Arcana Rising’ by Kresley Cole

Arcana Rising

by Kresley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #4
Published by Valkyrie Press on August 15th 2016
Pages: 280
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.
When the battle is done . . . The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind--but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.
And all hope is lost . . . With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter's reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.
Vengeance becomes everything.To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future--and her chilling past--will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter's ashes, stronger than ever before?

My Review

Arcana Rising is the fourth book in the Arcana Chronicles, and it picks up from that crazy cliffhanger in Dead of Winter. Forewarning though there’s even a crazier cliffhanger at the end of Arcana Rising. Darn you, Kresley!!!

No spoilers here, but I will say this poor Evie. That cliffhanger in the third book was rough, and the minute I started listing to Arcana Rising, I knew Evie was going to have a hard time in the fourth book.

Readers who are Team Aric will enjoy Arcana Rising. I know I did. I lost interest with Jack during the second book thanks to Aric. Aric proves, even more, why I adore him over Jack in this book. Although, I was sad to know what happened at the end of the third book with Jack. Readers will be surprised at what happens though in the fourth book. Don’t worry, some things will come to light in this book, but Kresley still keeps us readers in suspense.

I enjoyed getting to know some other major Arcana in the fourth book. Two of them are scary though and one I cannot figure out. Is he a villain or is he good?! There was quite a bit of action in this book and not much of that love triangle that drove me bonkers in Dead of Winter.

Evie finally realizes that not only are the major Arcana to worry about, but there are minor ones too. She learns a lot more about the game thanks to Aric retrieving her grandmother. I don’t think I liked her character that much though, but she played a significant role in Evie getting to know her powers.

There’s also the case of what the Emperor is up to, especially what he did at the end of the third book. He’s one scary character also. I learned quite a bit about him in ‘Day Zero,’ which is a companion guide that I recommend everyone read before reading Arcana Rising.

Overall, I give this book 5 stars because it kept me on the edge of my seat. It doesn’t help with that cliffhanger though.

Emma Galvin is one narrator I could listen to daily tell stories because she brings the story and characters to life. I do not think after listening to Emma narrate the Arcana Chronicles that I could read the books now. I instead Emma tell the story with all of her accents for the characters. I just realized too that I have to wait for the next book since the fifth book in the series is not in audio version yet. Ahhhhh!! I’ll wait though because it’s worth it, in the end, to listen to the story. It also makes work go back faster when you are listening to a great narrator tell a fantastic story, such as Kresley’s Arcana Chronicles. I will always love Kresley’s books!!!!


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