Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published January 1st 2007)
0312360282 (ISBN13: 9780312360283)
settingTulsa, Oklahoma (United States)
Oklahoma (United States)
Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
This was the book that sort of tugged at my heart and really opened my eyes to that very first saying that we meet, that not everything that appears light is good and not everything that appears dark is bad. This book just seemed a lot more thought provoking and complex than the first and we really start to see the story unravel here within this novel. We start to see and become more aware to the fact that not everything is what it appears to be and that there is something most certainly going on behind a closed door. Heath and Zoey's relationship actually reminded me of the one in the witch in winter series. Its almost like Zoey has performed a spell on Heath that means he is completely devoted to her, in getting things right, and in being by her side at all times, but of course this was out before the witch in winter series which means they stole the idea. Heath is 100% besotted to Zoey, even more so in this novel than that in the first. He wants to be by herside in every way possible and he wants to be as close to her as he can be. Its a complicated process but I like the way that the authors actually produce the matter within this novel. its almost actually very believable in a way and format that means you are not left raising an eyebrow going huh, well that was somewhat cliche. Despite the fact that it could appear cliche, it really isn't presented all that badly.
We really get to identify with the characters a little more here within this novel and I have to admit that Stevie-rae is certainly my favorite character within the whole bunch. she just seems to have this elegance of personality to her that brings the books alive and I really feel that she has attributes that we can all connect to, or well I can certainly connect to. This of course did mean that a tear was brought to my eyes at her death, despite the fact that I know that is not the be all and end all of her, and that I will see her again in the later series, in fact not even that late on, we see her later on within the novel, she just isnt really herself thats the only difference. I like the fact that there is this huge air of mystery within this book because it leaves you wanting to read the book as fast as you can without skimming and missing bits, as well as really getting gripped into the pages that you just can not put it down. Neferet, having read the series up to number 10, means that I already know she is an evil character, but in this you really start to get the real deal of the fact that she is not as good or as sweet and caring as she makes out to be, and you can see that there is an air of jealousy to the fact that Zoey appears stronger than her, more connected to the goddess than she could ever be. you can start to see this formation of resentment and for me thats where the whole keeping your enemies closer part comes in.
I think that although it is still early days for the series in this particular novel, you can already see that there is a huge element of surprise within the novel and that you merely have to hold on to the fact that your going to get a lot out of the series if your patient and willing to really carry on with it. there are vampyres that are not vampyres, they are creatures of a whole different thing. There is a teacher that appears to be seducing a student and yet we cant all help but feel attracted to him when we read about him. after all who doesnt want a romantic poet for a boyfriend? isnt that a lot of girls dreams? and of course there is the hottest guy in the school, erik as well as the ex boyfriend, the human. its all very complex but I think that this is worked in well with the entire series. it becomes the focus of the plot without being the main focus of the plot and I feel that for a lot of authors this is something that they struggle to get the balance of, but the cast pair do it well. they make sure that everything that is meant to be provided within a good novel is done so.
I truly do love this series and its hard not to big it all up when I have read most of the series already because I already know what is to come and what to expect. but even reading back over it I can see that the series has grown up and developed into the sort of thing that I would be happy to read in ten, twenty years time. it is my childhood book and series if you like, the one that we all choose to cling onto. a book that well deserves the five star rating I am giving it because it just provides so much within its story line that I could literally just go on and on about it.