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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 4, 2012
Zoey Redbird is safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side. Stevie Rae, the first Red High Priestess, is safe with her mate, Rephaim, by her side too. Even Aphrodite, who is not really human or vampyre, has her Guardian Warrior, Darius, always close at hand. Though they and the others reside at the Tulsa Depot, each night they bus to the Tulsa House of Night for their daily lessons. It is difficult to get an education when you must keep your guard up constantly. But since the High Council cannot see Neferet for what she really is, the false High Priestess is still a major problem. The manipulative beauty has totally allied with the white bull (or Darkness). It is Darkness in its purest, most powerful form. The white bull has also given Neferet a gift, a creature she has named Aurox.

Aurox may look like a handsome young man, but he is Neferet's secret weapon. When the gorgeous teen fights, the bull within him begins to show. Neferet tells him never to think or feel for himself - to only do as she commands - but whenever Zoey is near, Aurox cannot help but feel. There is something strange, almost familiar, about the female fledgling.

Rephaim is a former Raven Mocker. Nyx has forgiven and blessed Rephaim. During the day he is a raven, but at night Rephaim is a boy. During school hours, Rephaim does his best to keep his distance from Dragon Lankford. At the same time, Rephaim must deal with his immortal father, Kalona, who claims to want a truce with his new group of friends. Neferet is a shared enemy and Kalona would be a powerful ally, but he still could not be trusted.

Neferet brings the rogue red fledglings and their leader, Dallas, back to the Tulsa House of Night. The bad blood between Dallas and Stevie Rae will cause a lot of trouble. In addition, Neferet has hired several humans to work on the campus. This will ensure that chaos will reign.

The Twins, Shaunee and Erin, are beginning to clash. All hope that it is nothing but a bump that happens with all BFFs from time-to-time. And Nyx sends Erik out to Track and Mark his first fledgling. But the new fledgling is unlike any before!

**** FOUR STARS! P.C. and Kristin Cast are bringing the HoN series back up to par. Professor Lenobia, the Horse Mistress, takes the spotlight a few times. (Lenobia's past is revealed in the HoN Novella "Lenobia's Vow".) Readers will see more of the feisty professor in the next installment.

In a shocking twist, one of the characters die and a new fledgling, with interesting powers, joins our group in the fight against Darkness. One other major event happens at the exciting end of this installment, but to even hint at what it is or who is involved would ruin the story. Just trust me, readers will see A LOT of changes this time around and the plot is finally moving forward again.

P.C. and Kristin Cast are back! And the future for this series looks better than ever. Stellar! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on August 26, 2015
Zoey is once again off on a new mission to save the world from darkness. With the loss of Heath is still fresh in Zoey’s, she and Stark move forward in their relationship (yes a lot more sex), but can she so easily forget about Heath? The book dives deep into the whole darkness doesn't mean evil, light doesn't mean good, which Nyx told Zoey earlier in the series. Tensions build as the series builds up to the final battle between Zoey and the Queen Tsi Sgili.

Zoey loves Stark, and he loves her too. Finally there is only one boy who’s having Zoey’s heart and attention. Yet Heath is on her mind, as little details, seem to make Zoey feel his loss fresh again. That is not the loss that is haunting her. It is her mother’s as Nyx showed Zoey that she died. Zoey not wanting to believe her “dream” was true; she looked inside herself and realize that it was indeed true. Zoeey and grandmother must grieve over the loss of Zoey’s mother, who was taken by the darkness. Steive Rae wants to be there for Zoey, but her mind is more occupied by trying to keep Raphaim from death, or even worse, going back to his father. The nerd heard is falling apart as Zoey keeps losing everyone; Steive Rae puts Raphaim above all, Damien is getting over the loss of Jack, and the twins are about to face their biggest fight yet. Zoey is trying not to lose herself again, nor any of her friends.

This is probably one of the longest series I have ever read as P.C Cast and her daughter are nine books in (nine!) out of twelve. It’s so long that nothing happens between books to book, so I’m having a hard time writing theses reviews. What you could do is combing book 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 together and it’s a trilogy! In this nothing happens except Zoey deals with the death of her mother. That was the entire plot of the book. 325 pages of Zoey doing a simple spells to see how her mother die. Also the twin’s fighting? No, just plain no. We are 75% through the series you can’t bring their issues back in after the last time Zoey had a good conversation with them was in book four. This book is divided by each capture taken from a different point-of-view. Which is a habit a lot of books are taken, and this one morph into but I don’t like it. Zoey is your main character, so you should stick to Zoey’s point-of-view and her story. I’ll losing faith in this series, but I am still reading on, determined to see the major battle through.

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on May 1, 2013
Have not listened to this yet but realized this recording was abridged after I bought it :( I am sure the story is great however I will now need to find the unabridged version...
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on December 26, 2012
The only drawback of this 9th book in the series, is that i KNEW after this one, there was only 1 more left :(
i absolutely LOVE the "house of night" books.
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on February 23, 2013
havent read yet will read as soon as the previously books purchased have been read.l title house of night destined
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on March 2, 2014
These series are just amazing !!! I finished the book in just a few days !!!! I could not let it go !!!
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