>> Monday, May 4, 2009
By the end of the previous book Chosen, Zoeys’ poor decisions changed her life dramatically. She finds out that Loren was only interested in her because he was helping Neferet with her evil plan to isolate her from her boyfriends and her friends. Well it worked she now has no boyfriends and Aphrodite is her only friend. Neferet is planning to awaken an evil creature that will take out humans and vampires alike.
Zoey is still under a lot of stress but with the boyfriend problem out of the way and the world to save, but she starts using her powers for the good of others. She works with Aphrodite, who is now human but still having visions, to uncover Neferets evil plan.
Zoey’s grandmother helps them decipher a legend from one of Aphrodite’s vision. Then strange creatures in the night keep attacking Zoey and eventually land her Grandmother in the hospital. Zoey has faith in a nun that she has met to protect her grandmother.
Stevie Rae is learning to control her new form and teaching the new fledglings under her power. Stevie Rae and her new vampires have more traditional vampire strengths and weaknesses and a powerful craving for blood.
Aphrodite actually helps Zoey gain her friends trust back by explaining why she couldn’t tell them what was happening. Her friends are still a bit weary of what is going on but much more understanding. Now Zoey, Aphrodite, Stevie Ray and the rest of the gang are going to try to stop Neferet from starting a war with the humans. This is just a taste of all the excitement in this book.
One of the things I really liked in this book is that they finally stopped bashing all religious people. I didn’t mention it in previous reviews because I had already read all of the available books and knew I could mention it here. They had the People of Faith as fanatics and it seemed that they considered all people with faith in the Christian God as such. I tried to think about what it would have been like to grow up with religious fanatics. I grew up in a conservative home but nothing like what is described in this book. Zoey had to deal with this when her step-father came into the picture, so I can see why she hated him and developed a distaste for Christian beliefs.
I also enjoyed a book where her love interests weren’t top priority and she still has potential to fix things with Erik. He is now a vampire and one of her teachers. Erik is still hurting and missing Zoey. What I enjoyed most is seeing Zoey grow up and learn to seek the source of her power for guidance.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read the House of Night series. I had no complaints about this book and find it very easy to give it 5 stars.