Book Review: Kresley Cole Offers ARCANA CHRONICLES Hints and Backstory In DAY ZERO

Get big new details on the ARCANA CHRONICLES in DAY ZERO companion novel!

Kresley Cole is dishing out tons of new information about the characters of the Arcana Chronicles in Day Zero, but the new release may not be quite what you’re expecting. Originally advertised as a novella, Day Zero is more of a companion book. Or perhaps a short story collection? Either way, we think fans are going to be pretty psyched about what they find inside!

The book’s introduction offers an interesting morsel from Kresley Cole herself: This guide was created as she worked on a screenplay adaptation. With the series optioned by Warner Bros TV, you’re not only getting some extra details on secondary characters. This backstory could easily play its way into any future adaptations.

Day Zero provides a short background on the history of the Arcana before diving into the individual players. There’s a one-sheet that listed each player’s name, Arcana card details, powers, and details of the their life before the apocalyptic event known as The Flash, among other things. For some (but not all) characters, we also get a short story following their lives on the day of The Flash aka “day zero.” These vignettes provide big, previously unknown details: Who was aware of their powers and who wasn’t, who had a Chronicler or Tarasova training them for the big event, what brought them to the battle field of America originally, and who was hooking up with whom before the game even started. All of it could have huge implications on the series moving forward.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Kresley Cole is giving away all the details! There are some BIG omissions that will lead to theories and questions, particularly a redacted profile of one Major Arcana member we haven’t met yet. There’s also a full round of backstory on Evie’s ragin’ Cajun love interest Jackson Derveaux that’s sure to give you some feels and spark rumors!

If you’re the companion book type and you’re looking for something to tide you over until the release of the fourth book in the series, Arcana Rising, is out on August 15th, you’re going to love this one. It will pique your curiosity about the series and enhance your attachment to all the characters going forward for maximum anxiety and heartbreak enjoyment. So discover the prophecies, survival stories, and big beginnings in Day Zero, out now!

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Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew.
Ashes to ashes . . .
Evie Greene’s story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game—like Death, Jack, and Fortune—must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams.We all fall down.
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . .

About The Author
kresley-portrait-cardKresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

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By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.