“When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames…”
“Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able to pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only seven days left. Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z, but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home-but it also threatens to explode her whole world. In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems that Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether Aphrodite wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance. Three girls, playing with fire…if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned.”
It is sort of odd that Kalona did not appear till near the end of the story, even though he was released into the Otherworld at the very beginning of the novel. I was surprised how much of Stevie Rae’s storyline appeared in the story. I love Rephaim and Stevie Rae as a couple as much as the next House of Night fan, but it’s a little much considering Zoey’s the main character. Regardless, Zoey is unable to keep things very interesting in the Otherworld. I thought it was okay. Also, I’m not sure what I think about this one. I think the girl on the cover’s supposed to be Stevie Rae, but I don’t think I really imagine her as a blonde even though she is described as such.
Here’s what I’m on the fence about. The whole thing with Raven Mockers. Here is what Cherokee legends depicted them to be.
See, I’ve never really pictured Rephaim with a beak or feathers on his body. I pictured him more like this:
Since he’s his father’s favourite son, he would look more like Kalona. The other ones I picture, look more like Ravens because they are the evil ones.
“If you can’t trust your best friend with your deepest darkest secret, who can you trust?”
“Dark secrets and unspoken suspicions come between Zoey and Stevie Rae, putting their friendship-and the House of Night-at risk. After Zoey Redbird and her gang have banished Kalona and Neferet from Tusla, you’d think they’d catch a break. But with Zoey and her sexy warrior Stark both recovering from a brush with death, and the fledgelings struggling to deal with the fallout from Neferet’s reign of terror, a break is just not in the forecast. Zoey is haunted by her confusing yet elemental connection with A-ya, the ancient Cherokee maiden who was the only human able to tempt Kalona’s body and soul. How will A-ya’s pull on her affect Zoey’s ability to resist the dangerously seductive immortal? Meanwhile, Stevie Rae, with her super red-vamp powers, always thought she could handle the stuff she’s been keeping from her BFF. But the mysterious, threatening force lurking in the tunnels under the Tusla Depot is spreading. Stevie Rae won’t confide where she’s been and what she’s doing, and Zoey is beginning to wonder just how much she can trust the person she always thought would have her back. Will their choices destroy them and will darkness consume the House of Night?”
This is the sixth novel in the house of night series. Even though Kalona and Neferet are banished from Tulsa, they haven’t run off to lick their wounds, they have only just begun.
Each chapter begins with a name, Zoey is always first person and others are third person. This gives us room for more sub-plots and relief from the boredom that may loom in this novel. It was boring at certain points, otherwise, without the threat of Kalona giving the story some ump, it was good. The subplots with Stevie Rae I particularly liked. They were the best part of the story.
“What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you?”
“At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with an unexpected danger that might bring them all down. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, who looks gorgeous and has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading power, but what if it shows Zoey truths she can’t face? Meanwhile, the red fledglings have cleaned up well, but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to fix things with her super-hot ex, Erik, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms, and she is driven to save him from Neferet’s sinister infulence. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?”
This was by far the best book of the series. At first I was kind of not expecting the whole Kalona legend becoming the climax in the series, and him coming back kind of confirmed it to be the conflict. But I actually think this was a great and unique twist to the story. Also, I have yet to look up whether it was an actual Cherokee legend.
Personally I actually like Stark better at this point, even though I at first Zoey fixes things with Erik, but at a point when Heath and Erik butt heads, Erik is more possessive and controlling with Zoey.
Zoey goes through so much growth in this series, this book especially. She goes to fulfill her destiny as High Priestess in training, despite all the stress that is put on her she manages not to crumble under the pressure. She definitely fits the heroine status now.
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