(The Arcana Chronicles #4)

By Krelsey Cole

Published by Valkyrie Press

Pages: 280

Genres : Young Adult, Fantasy




Book Synopsis

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?


Have you ever “binge” read a series? I have done that recently for the Arcana Chronicles, and I have to say it was addictive. I usually am not a huge fan of fantasy but when finding a good plot–there is no stopping. Arcana Rising is the fourth installment of the series that pretty much plays with your mind of how complex the situation is for the leading character, Evie.

The war was not over. Is it ever? I like that you’re right back at the scene of Richter’s attack. The lingering question is what is happening with Selena and Jack (well that was for me!) as Evie has to figure out what the hell is going on with them. She also has to go on a crazy adventure to find The World, to bring her back to life and find her Granny. Well, I just felt this was a whole lot of “problems” for Evie. Not only does she have to go on a world-wind scavenger hunt but also managed to deal with friends turning into enemies. I tried to keep it all tight-knit for the plot summary because I want you guys to read this beauty! I feel it needs really good credit.

The theme of this book in the series involves “endings”. As much as you don’t want the characters to leave us, it just bounded to happen. Krelsey Cole’s definitely breaks your heart in every possible way. The grief, the anger—all could feel so authentic which I feel it’s hard for some authors to portray; however, she balanced it with romance. Cole intertwined your emotions with high and low moments throughout the story that I honestly couldn’t bear to accept. (I’m too emotional).  On the flip side, she introduces two new characters to the game. (Yay!).

The ending didn’t feel like an ending to me. I just felt that there was something bound to be happening in the future of the series. I felt the “game” of the theme was very minimal in comparison to the other books, but it was still defining. The final part of the book literally was like watching “The Red Wedding” from Game of Thrones. Mind will be dazed and confused (in a “what the hell? I need the next book now—kind of way).

Now, if you haven’t read the first books, I highly recommend them. They are just an interesting and dynamic just like this story. Evie is such an interesting character that somehow she gets you to be lost in her world–a very scary and tense one to be exact.

The Arcana Chronicles