|This was the first House of Night book I read. The series
follows Zoey Redbird as he is marked by a vampire tracker and begins to change
into a vampire. She leaves her family to move into the House of Night a boarding
school for fledgling vampyres. I really wished I had read the first six books in order to
pick up character relationships easier. As I got into the story, it became easier to
figure out what was going on though.
Zoey Redbird's soul has shattered. As her friends
watch over her mortal body (which is now devoid of all tattoos), Zoey's soul drifts in the
Otherworld, alone except for Heath. Unless Zoey can face what has happened, pull her
shattered pieces back together, and return to her body within seven days, it will be
forever too late. James Stark is Zoey's Guardian. He is the only living person who can
reach her. The only way for that to happen is for his body to die so his shaman can travel
to the Underworld.
Neferet sends Kalonas soul into the underworld to permanently eliminate the
threat Zoey poses. She binds his body with darkness to keep his soul out. Unless Kalona
kills Zoey or keeps her soul from returning to her body in time, his immortal soul becomes
Neferet's to control and use.
Meanwhile, Stevie Rae is dealing with her Imprint on Rephaim and her fledglings, both
good and evil. Unknown to her followers, Stevie Rae has saved the life of Rephaim, the son
of Kalona. Rephaim has the body of a human, black wings, the head of a raven, and the eyes
of a human. He has vowed to stay with Stevie Rae until she tells him to leave. If her
fledglings learn of Stevie Rae's friendship with the Raven Mocker or that they share an
Imprint, it could spell disaster.
The story kept jumping from one characters point-of-view to the next, which made
it a bit hard to follow at first. The style of talking was a little cringe making
do teens really talk like that? I really liked the unique mythology. I thought the Celtic
elements blended in well with the Wiccan and Native American mythology this is definitely
a YA book though. Dont bother to read if youre an adult as the slang and
phrasing will drive you nuts.