Tuesday, August 9, 2011

House of Night

House of Night is a series of vampire-based fantasy novels by American author P. C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just become a fledgling Vampyre and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  1. Marked -
    In Marked, Sixteen-year-old Zoey lives in a world where vampyres have always existed. Zoey now marked by a Tracker to become a fledgling vampyre at a school where she will be trained to become an adult vampyre, the House of Night. But Zoey is not an average fledgling because her mark is filled in and she has been chosen special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Stevie Rea, Damien, Erin, and Shaunee (the “twins”) become her bff’s. She also meets the leader of the Dark Daughters and Sons, Aphrodite, who has a power to see the future. Zoey gets invited to join the Dark Daughters and discovers she has amazing powers given from Nyx. Zoey craves for blood which is unusual for such a new fledgling. She has the affinity to summon all the elements, Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit. Neferet happens to witness everything that Zoey can do/does and announces Zoey the new leader of the Dark Daughters and Sons.
  2. Betrayed -
    Zoey imprints on Heath after drinking his blood. Zoey gets informed that Aphrodite's visions are nonexistent, but Zoey finds otherwise when she, corresponding to a vision Aphrodite had, is able to save her grandmother and several others from dying on a collapsing bridge. Zoey loses her trust in Neferet after suspicious happenings accure whenever Neferet is involved. Zoey reorganizes the Dark Daughters but Neferet takes credit for most of her new ideas at the first new Dark Daughters ritual. Zoey rescues her human boyfriend, Heath, after being captured by so-called-dead fledglings. Zoey also finds out that it was Neferet who changed the dying fledglings to what they currently are. Neferet tries to erase Zoey's memory, but while no avail.
  3. Chosen -
    Zoey has a hard time keeping up with three boyfriends and eventually decides to break up with Heath but longs for his blood. Zoey and Aphrodite team up in attempts to figure out a way to cure Stevie Rea of her strange condition of being and undead fledgling. Aphrodite is Stevie Rea’s replacement in the Dark Daughters circle for the affinity for Earth. Zoey becomes estranged from her boyfriend while having an affair with school teacher, poet, Loren Blake. Erik walks in on them and tells her besties of her sexual innuendos, they also learn that Stevie Rae is still alive. In an attempt to save Stevie Rae, Stevie Rea angrily attacks Aphrodite after seeing she replaced her in Zoey's ceremony, but as Stevie Rae drinks Aphrodite's blood, Stevie Rae Changes into a different type of vampyre and Aphrodite changes back into a human. Two teachers are murdered and the blame falls on the humans, mainly Zoeys’ stepfathers’ church and Neferet declares war.
  4. Untamed -
    Zoey reunites herself with her friends, under pressure from Aphrodite, who foresaw Zoey's death in a vision due to Zoey being isolated from her loved ones. The High Priestess of all vampyres, Shekinah, is prompted into coming to Tulsa after the murders, and takes a teaching position, as well as Zoey's ex-boyfriend Erik. With Shekinah's permission, Zoey and Aphrodite set up a volunteering contract for the House of Night with Street Cats, a local shelter for cats ran by nuns, whose tolerance for vampyres and their views on religion surprises Zoey. The nuns believe that Nyx is another version of the Virgin Mary. A new student, Stark, enrolls at the House of Night with an ability to hit any target he aims at. His body rejects the Change and he dies. Aphrodite has a vision of an ancient poem. With the help of Zoey's grandmother Sylvia Redbird, Zoey and Aphrodite learn the poem refers to Kalona and the Raven Mockers, an ancient fallen angel who poses great danger to the world, and the Tsi Sgili, a order of Cherokee demons. Sylvia lands in the hospital after a Raven Mocker attack. Nevertheless, Zoey begins her big ritual and presents Stevie Rae to the school and does so with the red fledglings as well. Neferet finally reveals her true intentions and emerges with an undead Stark at her side as he shoots Stevie Rae, making that her blood spill on the earth, and the poem about Kalona's return is complete. Neferet kills Shekinah. Neferet announces Kalona is Erebus and Zoey finds out that Neferet is Queen Tsi Sgili. Raven Mockers gain physical form while Zoey and her friends flee the scene and hide in the tunnels where they know Kalona cannot enter. Zoey vows they will fight Kalona.
  5. Hunted -
    Zoey and her friends help Stevie Rae heal - the arrow did not kill her. Aphrodite lets Stevie Rae feed on her to heal, which forms an Imprint between the red vampyre and the human. Zoey starts questioning that the red fledglings really are good and safe but is denied by Stevie Rea. Zoey and her friends try to figure out the things that just happened at the House of Night. Kalona starts getting into Zoey's dreams to seduce her. Erik and Zoey get back together. After Zoey finds out that Kramisha, a red fledgling, has prophetic powers and can write prophecies in poems, she names her the new Poet Laureate of their group. Kramisha writes a prophecy that says that Night, Humanity, Blood, Spirit and Earth will be manifested and will come together to try to banish Kalona and Neferet from the House of Night. Zoey is attacked by a Raven Mocker and gets very close to death. The elements try to heal her, but all they do is bring on the full calligraphy of the pain. Heath's blood finally heals her again, causing the two to Imprint once more, but this Imprint is even stronger than the first. Zoey's wounds do not completely heal; she is forced to go back to the House of Night with all of her friends, besides Stevie Rae, Erik, Heath and all the red fledglings. Fledglings and the vampyres to turn their backs on Nyx, which Zoey discovers while in class. Zoey successfully persuades Stark to turn back to the good side. He becomes the second red vampyre when he pledges his Warrior's Oath to Zoey and she accepts. Zoey and her friends escape from the House of Night and run way to the abbey of the Benedictine nuns. With the help of Sister Mary Angela, Stevie Rae, Aphrodite, and Grandma Redbird, plus all the red fledglings, the Benedictine nuns and her friends, Zoey banishes Neferet and Kalona from Tulsa.
  6. Tempted -
    Narrated from the views of Zoey, Stevie Rae, Aphrodite, Rephaim, Heath, and partially Stark. Zoey is initially confused over her three outstanding relationships with Heath, Erik and Stark. She dumps Erik he forms a relationship with Venus, Aphrodite's ex- roommate. As Zoey is suffering from nightmares, caused by the immortal Kalona entering her mind while she is asleep, the High Priestess sleeps with Stark, whose presence protects her from Kalona and his mind games. Darius, a Son of Erebus, plegdes to be Aphrodite's and she accepts the Oath. Meanwhile, Stevie Rae finds an injured Raven Mocker named Rephaim and helps him to safety and forms a friendly relationship. Zoey finds out that she is a reincarnation of Kalona’s true love. Stark allows Zoey to drink Heath's blood for he is consort. On their return to the House of Night, they find that another teacher is murdured. Zoey brings upon horrific destruction and the deaths of many vampyres, fledgelings and humans if she is with Kalona and the world will end as they know it, and if she chooses love and Nyx he will die and the world will be safe. It is revealed that Zoey's destiny is to face Kalona alone, meaning that only she can save the world. They fly to Venice to convince the High Council of their enemies' motives. Meanwhile, Stevie Res is injured and feeds off of Rephaim, this leads to their imprint, which shatters her imprint with Aphro. Heath takes a walk after the High Council meeting, he overhears a conversation between Kalona and Neferet, Kalona kills Heath. Because of her imprint and strong bond with Heath, Zoey's soul shatters and she passes into a coma-like state. Zoey and Heath meet in the Otherworld.
  7. Burned -
    Narrated by multiple authors. Stark must find a way to travel to the Otherworld without dying and save Zoey. If her body remains unoccupied by her spirit, it will die in a week. Aphrodite spearheads the plan to figure out how to rescue Zoey,after she is allowed to touch her body. After some research into ancient-forgotten vampyre legends and religion, the Nerd Herd finds out about the eternal struggle between Light and Darkness personified by a Black Bull and a White Bull. Neferet imprisoned Kalona's body in the realm of Darkness and sent his spirit to the Otherworld to ensure that Zoey stays trapped there. Discovered, from ancient scrolls, to travel to the Otherworld without dying they need to know more about forgotten ancient beliefs regarding the two bulls. Stevie Rae accidentally summons the white bull, which is Darkness personified. The bull tells Stevie Rae a way and as payment for giving that knowledge, the white bull extracts his payment in her pain and her blood. Rephaim saves her at the last minute by offering himself. Stevie Rae summons the black bull and saves them both at the price of always staying connected to Rephaim's humanity. Stevie Rae is able to pass on the poem to Aphrodite. According to the poem Stark, Darius and Aphrodite goes to the Isle of Women/Isle of Skye to find Sgaich, an ancient Warrior queen who can help him enter the Otherworld. Stark travels to Otherworld where he slays his Warrior self to become a Shaman and thus reach Zoey. Stark convinces Heath that he has to leave Zoey and move on so that she, in turn, can move on and save the world from Kalona and Neferet. Meanwhile, Rephaim tries to stop Stevie Rea from having sex with Dallas. After Stark talks to Heath, in return, Heath tells Zoey that they will meet again in his next life. After Zoey watches Stark take on Kalona, she is able to pull herself back together and they both return from the Otherworld safely.
  8. Awakened - Zoey and Stark reassure their connection by having sex, which, in turn, heals Zoey completely, Zoey finds out that she wields the ancient magick of the fey and can bring back old fey that serve her elements, prompting Queen Sgiach to ask her to stay on Skye indefinitely and be her successor. Aphrodite and Darius leave Skye, but Zoey and Stark decide to stay longer. Neferet returns to the House of Night. In an attempt to draw Zoey back from Skye. A close friend of Zoey’s is killed. Neferet asks Zoey for forgiveness to regain everyone's trust. Zoey accepts the fake apology, seeing through it. Rephaim is forced to fall out of the sky. Neferet then accuses him of being allied with Darkness and Stevie Rae for being allied with Rephaim, so Neferet orders the Sons of Erebus to kill both of them. Kalona interferes and faces the Sons of Erebus with Rephaim. The two fight, but Rephaim only defends himself rather than attacking the warriors. Stevie Rae asks her friends to cast a circle to stop the battle and save Rephaim. Just when Dragon Lankford tries to kill Rephaim with the help of Neferet, Nyx appears in an apparition and forgives Rephaim. He was given the choice to choose between Stevie Rae and Kalona and ends up choosing Stevie Rae. Nyx alters him permanently for this decision, so from then on; Rephaim would be a raven during the day and a human during the night. Zoey, her friends, and the red fledglings leave to start a new House of Night on their own in the tunnels, with Zoey being the "vampyre queen", Stevie Rae being the High Priestess, Aphrodite being the Prophetess, Kramisha being the Poet Laureate. Towards the end of the book, Neferet cooperates with the white bull and intends on sacrificing Sylvia Redbird, but ends up killing Zoey’s mother to create a Vessel for her as a weapon to use against Zoey. Meanwhile, in the Otherworld, Heath is given the opportunity by Nyx, to be the lost soul in this Vessel or being reborn in the real world or remaining in the Otherworld, he chooses the Vessel. This way, he can help Zoey in the modern world. Zoey has a dream where she learns of her mother's death.
  9. Destined (October 25, 2011)

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