Paperback, 290 pages
Published 2011 by Atom
1905654855 (ISBN13: 9781905654857)
settingIsle of Skye, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States)
Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa'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 sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn't it? Why should she return to Tulsa? 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?
In the pulse-pounding eighth House of Night Novel by PC Cast and Kristin Cast, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl's heart?
So where did we last leave off, aghhh yes, heath was killed by kalona, which was witnessed by Zoey which shattered her heart. In order to save her and bring her back to the land of the living Stark had to die, to help guide her on the right path. In the process of doing so Kalona killed him, but sacrificed a part of his soul to bring stark back to life. All ended well, apart from the fact that Kalona had failed his task which meant that Neferet was not a very happy bunny and he became bound to her because he failed the task, or had he? There are all sorts of twists and turns here within this book that really just seems to change the whole aspect and concept of the novel, and of how we start to see the characters. Of course we are glad to see that zoey is back in one piece because without her no one is really sure of what is going on. She is the anchor of the group, she keeps them in place and in line. She helps them become the circle that they are, but thats gotten a little harder in this book because Zoey has found a place where she doesnt have to deal with any of the problems or complications, where she can relax and fully chill out without worrying, but that doesnt mean the trouble stops.
Neferat has a price to pay for what she asked for darkness, and little cute and sweet innocent Jack is the debt that she is going to pay. I remember crying the first time I read that part because he really was the sweetest and innocent character of the novel, the one who tried to make sure that no one fell out with another, but that everyone got along and worked around the awkward plans that were there. However, he was the only one who could not be turned by darkness, and who would refuse to stray from the godesses path and as a result he is the debt that has to be paid. the death was just so striking and so real that it really touched my heart because the authors made me feel like I actually knew him and was good friends with him, they made me imagine the whole scene in my head and that of course tugged at my heart. It was a sad thing but it was the thing that pulled back zoey to where she belonged even if the move back was reluctant because that meant facing the drama again.
Zoey has to go back, because as usual neferet is making herself appear normal, sane and friendly. she is making herself seem like the innocent character and she is deffo up to something, even if the high council can not see it. I love the way that the authors have just filled the pages with this essence of mystery that even when you have already read it and already know what is occuring, you still feel like its a fresh read for you. Its vibrant and just comes across real, especially the battle scene that comes along later, where stevie rae is finally forced to share the last of her secrets, rephiam. I have grown to like the raven mocker in this novel and I think you can begin to understand that sometimes the way that we are brought up with the facts that we are taught and the lessons we are shown, are the things that are the hardest to stray away from. I think raphiem represents a small part of all of us, in that we all have a dark side to us that really is just confused and lost, but we can find that special someone who can help us to find the right path to become the person that we are.
I really loved the way that the scene at the house of night ended because it showed that no matter how much your friends may dislike the idea, a true friend always sticks with you, never strays from your side and will always see the truth of the matter within your eyes. I just felt that it made the reader reflect upon there own friendships and relationships that they have, how strong are they, is there things we should be doing that we are not. It just really captured my heart and made me look at everything. But the overall ending of the book was sad. A character who was prominent in the first book but not so much of the rest, dies. Linda, zoeys mum dies. Of course this did leave me with a few questions, because the reason that linda dies is that she left the cheating step moron and went back to sylvia redbirds house. She happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and became neferets and the white bulls victim. However in the first book, zoey mentions siblings, what on earth has happened to them? Surely she would not have left the kids with the step moron, and why do we never ever hear of them again. its almost like the siblings died without us even knowing. Its just a question that generally sticks and stays on your mind, especially when your refreshing yourself with the series, because they do not reappear at all.
However, it is still a good book, and it is still worthy of a five star rating because it just has so much element and depth to it that leaves you wanting more, wanting to read on and to see what occurs next, and to have you really engaging with the characters. its a powerful novel and the authors are amazing. these are books that will always be with me, even when I am old and grey