Tempted by P.C. Cast is the sixth book in the House of Night series. It starts off slow and dull, but after about a hundred pages, the story becomes more interesting.
I think the most interesting character was Rephaim. The normal cast of characters: Zoey and Stevie Rae, both kept having repetitive thoughts about doing one thing but not wanting to do it at the same time, or explaining too much of what we already know. That is how much of the unnecessary parts passed. I didn't feel greatly attached to any of the characters. I did like that summaries of the previous books weren't included in this one, so I had to try to remember what I had read so long ago.
I was not impressed that Erik was seen as the bad guy although it was Zoey who was hurting his feelings by dealing with so many guys at the same time she was going out with him. Zoey is seen as young, and even her grandma states that she has a lot of time to choose one guy, thus it is alright to have many guys on the side.
Kalona is not dead. He still wants Zoey and he visits her in her dreams. Erik could tell by the way Kalona looked at Zoey before that he felt something for her. Erik is annoyed that she isn't giving him much attention even though they are dating. Zoey doesn't really understand why she is together with him, and feels that Erik wants to control her because he doesn't want her being so close to other guys, so she breaks up with him.
Stark had sworn himself to Zoey to be her warrior, but she is only learning what it means to have a warrior. A warrior can feel what is going on in the mind of the person they are protecting, which is good and bad at the same time.
Stevie Rae and Erik and a few others go in groups to search the premises to see if all of the Raven Mockers are gone. Stevie Rae, who is searching a section on her own, finds a live one, who calls himself Rephaim. He wants her to kill him, but she takes pity on him, for a reason she cannot understand. It was when he laughed that Rephaim, seemed so human that she could not end his life. He is terribly hurt and thinks he will never be able to fly again.
Stevie Rae feels that Zoey knows that she is hiding something. After all, Aphrodite is imprinted with Stevie Rae. Thus, Stevie Rae decides to tell Zoey about the red fledglings that she has been hiding, who have not yet chosen good over evil.
However bad hiding the Raven Mocker might have seemed to her, she will not tell of his existence. She wants to help Rephaim, so she sends him down to the tunnels to where the evil red fledglings are now residing. The good red fledglings are residing with the nuns.
Kalona shows Zoey visions of his past. He used to be Nyx's warrior, but then he started to feel more for Nyx than he should have. That was when he was banished from that realm and became the type of person he used to detest. He suggests to Zoey that it might be possible for him to change if she was with him, just like how she changed Stark, making him good, because of the possibility that Nerferet is corrupting him.
Aphrodite sees a vision that has two end results. One in which Zoey is Kalona's lover, and everyone, human and vampire, is burning in a wheat field. The other one is of Zoey saying something to Kalona that destroys him. Zoey is confused and doesn't know if she should trust Kalona, but she knows that her body wants him, because her soul used to be A-ya, a maiden that was made to love Kalona. Zoey feels as though Nyx shouldn't have banished Kalona because he started to love her. Zoey imagined that Kalona felt an immense pain for having been banished and breaking the centuries old bond of no longer being Nyx's warrior.
Zoey thinks that she can locate Kalona by the places she is seeing in her dreams. While searching online, her friend, Jack, discovers people writing about Kalona on their blogs. This leads the group to Venice. Kalona is claiming to be Erebus, and Neferet is claiming to be Nyx Incarnate. Zoey wants to speak against them.
Stevie Rae refuses to go with Zoey because she claims that the red fledglings need her. She suggests that Aphrodite fill her place in the circle. Stevie Rae wants to convince the evil red fledglings, to come join her at the House of Night, where the rest of the red fledglings are residing.
The evil red fledglings, however, detest Stevie Rae and want to kill her. They are looking forward to the return of Neferet. Just before the sun comes up, Stevie Rae comes to convince the evil ones, and they tell her that Rephaim is on top of a building and is hurt. The evil fledglings threatened him to go up there. She goes to save him, however, it's a trap and she's caged in. Rephaim attempts to save her from the sun.
Burned and damaged, the two make it into the ground. He offers her his blood, which smells odd, but she has no choice, otherwise she'll die. Her imprint is then broken with Aphrodite and a new unusual imprint is created with Rephaim.
In the end, Heath overhears Neferet and Kalona speaking privately, and is killed. This results in Zoey's soul shattering, leaving her body an empty shell. Will Zoey be able to stop the evil? Or will Aphrodite's vision become reality?
"It was a silent gray world filled with ice and gloom." (109)