Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 25, 2011)
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.
Once again we are back in Tulsa. It seems like so much happens in such a short time in these books. Zoey found out her mother was murdered, the gang is still grieveing over Jack's death. Dragon refuses to accept Rephaim even though Nyx has forgiven him and giving him the gift of a human body at night, but during the day he turns into a bird. stevie Ray will take what she can get though and stands stead fast at his side. Kalona however seems to be truly upset at having let Rephim go to live his life with Steve Rae. The Twins for the first time in this whole series are not acting very twin like. We learn a little about Shaunee's family and past. My opinion of Erin was cast in a very shallow, negative light. I still love Stark though, he just makes me melt.
Neferet is as evil, depraved, and creepy as ever. The real shocker for me was Aurox/Heath. I liked how they handled him, in the last book I had my doubts at how this story line would play out. Overall I enjoyed this addition to the series. I finally feel like we might be seeing character growth. Hopefully that continues into the next book. I know some people are giving up on thsi series, but I'm not read to walk away yet. I give this one 4 stars.