The Dark Calling - Kresley Cole

New intrigues, adventures, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

In a world teetering on the edge . . .

When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .

Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons.

A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?

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This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real places are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and events are products of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

© 2018 by Kresley Cole

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Table of Contents

THE DARK CALLING

About the Arcana Chronicles

Also in the Arcana Chronicles

The Field of Battle

The Major Arcana

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Author’s Note

About Kresley Cole

Also in the Arcana Chronicles

Poison Princess

Endless Knight

Dead of Winter

Day Zero

Arcana Rising

THE FIELD OF BATTLE

During the Flash, a cataclysmic flare, the surface of the earth was scorched to ash, and bodies of water evaporated. Virtually all plant life was killed, most animals as well. The majority of humans perished, with women hardest hit. After months of total drought, rain began at last—then fell constantly, until the first flurries of snow. The sun has ceased to rise, leaving the world in endless night. Plague spreads. Famine is sweeping the land.

OBSTACLES

Militias unify, consolidating power. Slavers and cannibals hunt for new victims. All are bent on capturing females. The Bagmen (Baggers)—contagious zombies created by the Flash—roam the wastelands (the Ash), wailing for blood.

FOES

The Arcana. In every dark age, twenty-two players with supernatural powers are destined to fight in a life-or-death game. The winner will live as an immortal until the next game, when the fallen reincarnate. Our stories are depicted on the Major Arcana cards of a Tarot deck. I’m the Empress; we play again now. Death, my enemy through the ages, is now my staunchest ally. In our sights: Richter, the Emperor Card, who massacred an army, murdering my friend Selena and possibly Jack, my first love.

ARSENAL

Knowledge of the game will help me survive it. My grandmother was a Tarasova, a wisewoman of the Tarot. Before she died, she helped me to better understand my Empress powers: regenerative healing, the ability to control anything that roots or blooms, thorn tornadoes, and poison.

Though Death trains me, my powers have been muted by some unknown force, right when I’ll need them most. Can I, along with my alliance of killers—rogues, witches, and warriors—defend against Richter’s fiery wrath?

— The Major Arcana —

0. The Fool, Gamekeeper of Old (Matthew)

I. The Magician, Master of Illusions (Finneas)

II. The Priestess, Ruler of the Deep