Published: October 17, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal
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.
However, in Destined, P.C. & Kristin Cast really shake things up and the story almost reads like the original few books. The characters are bold-voiced and really make the plot work for them. That said, the plot in this book is outstanding. The beginning starts out a little bit slow but when it picks up - it really takes off!
Darkness has an ever present role in the novel and Neferet is out to sabotage the fledglings more than normal, as well as bring chaos to the professors by introducing humans to the school. She has spun her web of Darkness around herself, her Consort, and is slowly spinning it around those at the school who are on the side of good...and with each page the story unveils something new about who really is on the side of light and dark.
Zoey is dealt a harsh blow in this book; however, she doesn't seem as angsty or whiny, which was refreshing. The side story involving the triangle of Rephaim/Stevie Rae/Kalona was absolutely riveting. The Casts also introduce us to a new Priestess who really shed new light on the atmosphere of the House of Night.
There were so many shocking twists and turns in this book that I absolutely cannot wait for the next one! The ending was a total cliffhanger that left me gasping because in a million years, I never could have seen that coming. This may possibly be my favorite House of Night book yet!!