Can love win when it is tested by the very soul of darkness?
” Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet-which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together-if he can truly walk the path of the goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
But there are new forces at work in the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precious stability. And then there’s mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more-or probably less-than human. Only Neferet know he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his dark calling. And their’s something strangely familiar about him…
Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect them all?”
Warning: Spoilers, read on if you dare.
This book, I believe is deemed to be the last in the House of Night Series. Which it is not… because the ending of the book opens up to another sequel. You know, I love Zoey as much as the next gal, but pleease. Do we really need another book? I am excited for Lenobia’s Vow though, which is coming out in January.
Anyways, onto the review. This book… kind of fell below my expectations. I mean, there were obviously some moments where I loved to read on, but going into it, I was expecting more that what was given to me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the addition of Aurox, but he will never overshadow my love for Rephaim, that’s for sure. But it just seemed that it wasn’t a fit “ending” to the series at all, where was the non-stop suspense of some of the other books in the series? It felt like there was no real threat in the book, even though Neferet is a crazy bitch. I wish they figured out truly why Erik marked that girl red and I wish he would stop being a whiny douchebag about losing his acting dream.
Overall, despite my disappointment of this book, certain parts and characters made up for it somewhat.
“Marked as a fledgling. Captured by Love. Challenged by an unrelenting evil…”
“In the early nineteenth-century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything…until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked by a vampyre on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon-a new name and a brand new fate.
Becoming a fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world. In 1830s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks… such as Anatasia, the captivating young professor of Spells and Rituals at Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling.
But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in it’s focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil while protecting Anatasia as well? Will his choices save her-or destroy them both?”
The mother daughter team has done it again for me. With beautiful sketches from the artist Kim Dower (who also did the Fledgling Handbook 101 art) it really completes the story. I really get more of an understanding of Dragon’s past and more of an understanding of Anastasia as well. It also prepares you for the newest book of the House of Night, Destined. It was good that they branched from the little bubble of Tusla. Overall an amazing story (also the lesbian High Preistess was nice nod to the LGBT community, as Damien and Jack was as well).
“At the brink of destruction, what will on desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?”
“Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tusla’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found some sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgaich to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tusla? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same- and her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark, may never be the same either.
And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?”
Oh Rephaim, why don’t you choose me instead of Stevie Rae? I’m sure she’ll be fine with Erik or something. I was thinking this was supposed to be the last novel of the House of Night, but Destined is to be released Oct. 25, so I don’t have to wait too long to get my Rephaim fix.
So this novel really showed some growth in the story, from both Stevie Rae and Zoey. Zoey learned to put her friends before her own needs and strives to not crumble under the mess that she and her friends have gotten into. This book surprised me with new twists and turns and being sexy. (And also I can’t picture how Stevie Rae kisses Rephaim when he has a bird’s head, probably a break too.
Also (spoiler: It was definitely hard to picture Neferet naked. Yuck.)
So overall this novel was pretty solid, with barely any boring parts and was satisfying. I have nothing bad to say about it except that I was frustrated with Neferet (who isn’t?).