Authors: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Length: 320 pages
In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.
The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 160 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the final installment of the series, Zoey and her friends face the ultimate battle with evil which will determine the fate of the world, both human and vampyre.
Protagonist: Zoey Redbird needs to prepare for her final battle against the "bat-shit crazy" ex-High Priestess Neferet. However, it's hard to prepare for battle when you're in jail on charges of murder. Even though she didn't kill the two men in the park, she believes that she did and that belief has let her to feel the full force of her guilt. It will take a lot to pull Zoey back from from the edge of her depression. I know I'm in the minority when I say that I like Zoey as a character and narrator, but I really do, minus the previous book, and this book just shows how much growth and development she's had over the series. While the first few Zoey chapters were a bit annoying, it was really just getting rid of the remnants of the the previous installment's terrible Zoey to introduce the strong and newly level-headed Zoey.
Characters: Ever since the sixth book in this series the authors have begun to show more than just Zoey's point of view, which while I was never as opposed to Zoey as I think a lot of people are, it was a welcome change because it showed a different side of the story. In this book not only do we see these characters develop, or in Neferet's case stew in their own Darkness. What I love about these characters is that while their chapters are in third person, it's easy to see the differences in the narration that make the chapter or section wholly original to that specific character.
Romance: So shockingly, this book doesn't deal too much with Zoey's romantic life, in fact early on in the book she promises that she will avoid all relationship drama as it pertains to her and will instead focus on defeating Neferet. This causes a big shift in the book as while there is a small amount of romance spread throughout the characters in the Nerd Herd, it doesn't take precedent in the story. Though there is one scene that romance practically saturates in the best way possible, and I won't say who it involves.
World-Building: Since this is the final book in a twelve book series I didn't expect it to have as much world-building as it did. There was still a lot left to figure out and to go through before the end of the book and thus the end of this series. While it's not a ton of world-building the slightly larger than small amount there is really helped with this book's pacing. The world-building worked to help tie-up loose ends and bring about a really amazing final installment.
Predictability: So going into this book I didn't know what to expect, I mean, sure I could pull a few guesses from the title and synopsis, but not enough for any sort of substantial prediction. As the story unfolds there is a bit of foreshadowing but it was doled out very slowly so that it was hard to predict certain things way before they actually came to fruition which led for a great mix of prediction and surprises that pulled me into the story and held me there til the very end.
Ending: Speaking of the end, well I got my one wish, there was a phenomenal last battle with Neferet and while it didn't go quite as I had hoped in terms of her demise, it was well worth the wait and made for an exciting and brilliant final confrontation. After the battle though there is an epilogue, one that wraps up two distinct stories in a beautiful and wonderful way. As you may, or may not, know I am a HUGE fan of epilogues and this one wraps up the story and the world and the words at the end will leave some readers sighing with relief and many laughing, they are: THE END. REALLY.
So this series is long, really long, but honsetly, if you split the story into to 3 story arcs, 4 books each, they really don't take too long and I can truthfully say that the end of the series alone is worth long wait.