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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Novella Review: Neferet's Curse




Note: If you haven't read the House of Night series, at least up to book 4, than proceed with caution as this review may spoil an important plot detail of those first few books.


Release Date
: February 19, 2013
Authors: P.C. and Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Length: 146 pages

The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. Her father, a powerful bank president, is at the center of an important social hub for the booming young city, and he needs Emily to do everything her mother would have – to be a good hostess and make sure the mansion runs smoothly.

As Emily uneasily tries to replace her mother, she also longs for more… for love and a life of her own. When a handsome young man notices her at one of her father’s parties, it seems that her hopes may finally be coming true. Until her father forbids her to see him – or any other man – and starts revealing a darkly violent side that even he can’t understand.

At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.

From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins in NEFERET'S CURSE...

Review:

Protagonist: First off, it's weird that our protagonist just so happens to be the antagonist for the main series, however, Emily, the girl who Neferet was while she was human, isn't evil at all. It's the tragedy of her life and the people in it that sway her innocence. While in the beginning she's sweet, she begins to realize that the world and time period isn't right for a girl like her, who so quickly had to become a woman. She doesn't want to be owned by a man, especially her father who, in his drunken state, looks at her with a fire in his eyes. It is this life and these people that mold and shape her into the strong, albeit evil, woman she becomes.

Romance: Knowing Neferet from the main series I wouldn't imagine that there would be a love interest for her in this novella however I was proven wrong. In order to be free of her father Emily begins to draw the attention of Arthur Simpton, a boy she fancies, and sees him as her way out. However, though Arthur's intentions are pure, at his root he's still not right for Emily. His ideology is warped by the era he was raised in and doesn't see Emily for the intelligent and capable person she is. He sees her as a pretty thing that still needs to be shown the right way to view certain things.

World-Building: Other than getting to learn the origins of the vicious and ruthless Neferet there isn't all that much world-building to the series. However the world these authors write is so vivid and beautiful that it's almost as if I really do see the places being described. The characters are realistic though not to a fault and their interactions seem normal for the time period. I loved this glimpse into the past rolled up into a novella for one of my favorite series.

Predictability: Seeing as how I knew the gist of how this novella would play out from reading the main series I was surprised by the smaller and more insignificant details surrounding the larger events. I felt that though I knew what was coming it was like I was waiting for it to happen the whole time and so the "when" of it became the real unpredictability of this novella and not the who, what, and how. I loved how these events were paced and was even grateful for where certain moments fell.

Ending: I have to say that the ending was probably the biggest surprise of all. But again it's not the "what" of it, but more of the fact that so much happened in the last chapter. It sent a message about revenge and how it could affect the rest of your life. It was a strong ending and lent much to the character of Neferet and her transition from human to vampyre. I can't say the ending was a happy one as we all, hopefully, know what happens in the main series and where this character goes, but it did help me learn to understand the character a bit better.

Rating:



This was an amazing novella that gave me a new perspective on a great and terrible villain. It's a novella that shows that evil isn't born it's made and sometimes it's made from the people who deserve it the least. I have to say I really felt for Emily/Neferet's character through most of the book and am sad to know what she turned into.

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