These books are from a very entertaining young adult vampire series, that started with the novel, Marked I have included the covers of the first two below, but there are lots more for your reading pleasure if you are new to the series. The second title reviewed below probably would be best appreciated once you have gotten into the series a bit, that way you can get a feel for the characters.
Revealed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is
part of the ‘House of Night’ series that centers around a group of young
vampyres who have dealt with a considerable amount of upheaval that
results in some startling revelations. Just as they are trying to
recover, evil regroups and strikes a serious blow which not only results
in two unexpected deaths, but prompts humans to try to interfere with
the vampyres’ autonomy. Zoey is learning to wield her powers as High
Priestess and her friends Aphrodite and Stevie Rae are also settling
into their roles but emotions and past ties threaten to upset the
fragile equilibrium that has been established and the House of Night may
be unable to recover from the attacks which are escalating against
This new adult paranormal series is written by a
wonderfully talented mother-daughter team who have created a
fascinatingly textured universe with humans and vampyres coexisting.
The youngsters in this particular corner of the world have experienced
extreme highs and lows that mirror the history of their Goddess, and
death and betrayal has sabotaged their path but has not prevented them
from gradually beginning to mature into their roles. This was a great
blend of a recap of Neferet’s journey and the metamorphosis of the Tulsa
House of Night, even as major forces start shifting the balance of
power. Familiarity with the series is important, as each story builds
on the one before, and it was especially intriguing to learn about
Neferet’s history after reading about the history of Kalona, Erebus and
Nyx in “Kalona’s Fall”. An exciting addition to a series that blends
age-old issues such as greed, jealousy and envy, with traditional
elements of mythology in a modern twist that intrigues and entertains,
with a startling cliffhanger that makes one anxious to read more in the
Kalona's Fall, written by P.C. Cast and
Kristin Cast and illustrated by Aura Dalian, depicts the history behind
the formation of the Gods, Goddesses, and Fey, and the evolution of
events which resulted in the formation of humans and eventually, the
Nightkind. The tale of Nyx and her complicated relationship with Erebus
and Kalona is described as patterns of mistrust and betrayal set the
stage for the eons of conflict to follow.
This intriguing introduction to the mythology
that underlies the vampyre society that is part of the ‘House of Night’
series provides a fascinating perspective of some of the key characters.
The twist on certain aspects of traditional mythology and the events
that gradually unfold holds one spellbound as events build to the
inevitable conclusion that one knows is coming yet can do nothing to
prevent. It was amazing to get a sympathetic view of a tortured
individual and enlightening to see what transpired to cause this. A
great and informative addition to the series.
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I received a copy of these titles in return for an honest review.