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House of Night, #9

I remember how I felt when I first discovered the House of Night series. I was a fan of P.C. Cast’s fantasy Goddess series and was excited to see her trying her hand, with her daughter, at young adult. I loved the first couple of books and looked forward to each book as it came out. That hasn’t been the case with subsequent volumes. When Destined arrived in the mail, I was optimistic that the series would finally live up to its potential. Sadly, I was disappointed in Destined. There are a few characters that, I feel, have grown and changed during the course of this series. Unfortunately, Zoey would not fall into that category. She is the heroine, the most powerful fledgling, the youngest High Priestess but I don’t feel it when I read her thoughts and feelings. She still comes across as the young girl who was first Marked. In my opinion, there would have to be some change; some maturity would have to occur after all the things that have happened to her over the course of the series. I had a hard time making myself finish this book. Events have moved so slowly in each book; there is no sense of urgency, no feeling that the fate of the world is really at stake. I will say that when I got to the final couple of chapters, I was reminded of why I liked this series in the beginning. There are several twists that managed to surprise me. Even so, there are moments in reading where you realize that a series is no longer the right fit for you. It might take you a book or two, but you come to accept the fact that it is time to quit. I want to look back at this series with fondness instead of disappointment. So, with no small amount of sadness, it is time to say, farewell, House of Night.

Book Blurb for Destined

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 Counsel 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 in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

*This book is available as an audio book.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 3.00