Kresley Cole has given the fans of her ARCANA CHRONICLES series a gift. That gift is Day Zero. The book reads like a compendium, a guide to the major players in the Arcana Chronicles series and is quite compelling. Cole pairs tactical knowledge of all the Arcana with a look into Day Zero from each characters perspectives.

In Day Zero, each character has it’s own section. Cole goes into details about their name, their title, what their powers are, special skills, their weapons, tableau, icon, arcane characteristics, what they were doing before the flash. Cole goes into detail about some and brushes over other, for a very intense look at each of the characters.

If you want more Arcana Chronicles, before the release of Arcana Rising on the 15th — this is a special gift just for you. The diabolical thing that Cole does with this is — she includes Jack. He’s not named as a card, but he is in this book — which was frustrating and amazing at the same time. I liked seeing Day 0 from his perspective.

She also hints that Jack “might” be a card and there is even a “redacted” card The Hanged Man – that the Fool would not allow to be released, which is who she hints at “might” be Jack. Which if you’ve read Kresley Cole before – don’t be fooled. Har har. She’s got something else in her bag.


Overall, this was for fans and only fans of the series will really get into it. I suggest reading the Arcana Chronicles before reading this. There will be ton of spoilers in this. Don’t do this one first, you won’t get anything out of reading it first, only a bit of confusion.

Thank you for this tid bit, Kresley! Love it.


I received this book for free from Provided by Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day Review: Day Zero by Kresley Cole

Day Zero by Kresley Cole

Series: The Arcana Chronicles, #3.5
Published by Valkyrie Press on August 1st 2016
ISBN: 0997215127
Pages: 180
Source: Provided by Publicist
Also in this series: Poison Princess, Endless Knight, Poison Princess
Also by this author: Deep Kiss of Winter, Poison Princess, Shadow's Claim
5 Stars

Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestseller 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. . . .


  1. Amanda @ Vivalabooks

    I loved the first two books in this series, but I need to read the third one! I wasn’t thinking about picking this up, but I’m definitely interesting! It’s so cool how she goes in depth in all the characters!

  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Yay!! I have this in my review pile to read shortly! Cannot wait to! Though I hope my memory of the series will hold up! LOL! Nice little review!