Series: House of Night
Author: P.C. Cast
Release Date: 10.25.11
Number of Pages: 325
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Breathing hard, Aurox stood there over the bodies of his vanquished enemies. He turned to Neferet. "Very good," she said in her emotionless voice. "Let us leave this place before the authorities descend." Aurox followed her. He walked heavily, his hooves gouging furrows in the dirty alley. Weak. He felt weak. And more. There was something else. "What is it?" She snapped at him when he hesitated before entering the car again. "I do not know. I feel--" She laughed. "You don't feel at all. You're obviously overthinking this." "Yes, Priestess." Aurox got in the car and let the world speed past him. I do not think. I do not feel. I am a weapon. Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet -- which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together -- if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow. But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more -- or possibly less -- than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him . . . Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect them all? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.
The House of Night series is the definition of a guilty pleasure -- something you shouldn't like but do anyway. Let's face it -- the series has been going on for WAAAAAAAY too long. It could've -- and should've -- stopped at four. But it didn't. And some of us, like me, are still here, hanging on and enjoying the ride. For instance, it's obvious, and I mean really obvious, when the authors are inserting other people's works into their stories. For example (on page 63 of Destined):
"Actually, they're the Sookie Stackhouse books by a cool human author named Charlaine Harris."
I couldn't have caught it better had it been strapped to a bus and had it ran me over. Also, the books are edited very poorly: page 14 rolls around, andalready Damien's name is spelled wrong. (Damian. Pfft.) On page 91, it says Damien is a forth former. I'm pretty sure the editor is a monkey.
One thing I notice about Destined is that, once again, the maturity level has been bumped down a notch. When TEMPTED rolled around and the Twins and Damien backed away from the forefront, Zoey, Stark, Kalona and Neferet became the main peeps and the immaturity came to an all-time low. Now, though, those aforementioned backburner characters came back into play and it's all silly and fun.
My head is still reeling after that amazing climax.
After the addictive disaster that was Awakened, this book proved to be another solid entry in the House of Night series. In this book, Damien and the Twins have returned to the forefront with Zoey after their much-suffered break. Due to this, the book reminds me of the earlier entries in the series, like Betrayed. The book mostly reminds me of Tempted, though, because the beginning parts of the book were all setup to the explosive climax like they were in that book. However, like they were in Tempted and Awakened, the events and the climax didn't seem contrived or rushed; in fact, they seemed exactly the opposite.
Neferet is even more bad than she was in the last book. She's using her freaky Darkness powers to inflict evil on the House of Night. It's really exciting to watch and to wonder what she'll do next.
I also like how this one is longer than AWAKENED was . . . PC was slacking when she wrote AWAKENED. Not this time around, babeh!