Zoey needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampyres doesn’t feature breaks on its curriculum—even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he’s sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa’s tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure—but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She’s not exactly keen to meet up, but if Zoey doesn’t go to Kalona he’ll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what’s necessary, or everything that’s important to her will be destroyed.
My Thoughts (May Contain Spoilers)
I was very pleased with this book. In the past 4 books for the House of Night series, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast spend a lot of time explaining everyone and everything. By the sixth book, we know where everyone goes to school, we know the characters, we know Kalona and what he’s done, so there’s no need to get into it again.
However, more than half of the book was spent with the House of Night kids plotting what to do with Kalona and then … nothing happened! I expected some kind of battle between Zoey and Kalona and Neferet, but instead, a character was killed off and the Casts left us hanging until the next book, Burning, comes out.
I was surprised to see what happened between Stevie Rae and Rephaim. I was torn between whether or not it was her humanity that wanted to save him, or whether or not there’s still evil in her bones, which is why she didn’t want to kill him. The imprint was unexpected, but I’m curious to see what will happen in the next book between the two.
One thing that is really getting to me is the word usage … we’ve heard “bullpoopie” enough and the phrase “ah, hell” was used more times than necessary. If there will be other swearing in the book, it seems childish to have words like “bullpoopie” seem to be taken seriously. Maybe it’s just me.
In the end, we were left hanging with multiple story lines and nothing really happened in the book. It was a good, quick read, but it would have been nice to have at least one resolution.