Book Blurb: In Destined,the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa’s House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what is destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.
Our Thoughts: As evidenced by our declaration that October is House of Night month, Jehara and I are pretty big fans of this series. So it’s probably a given that we were fully prepared to like Destined, the latest installment in Zoey Redbird’s story. We hate to disappoint, so we won’t. We really, really liked it. In the interest of providing you our complete thoughts, Jehara and I spoke on the telephone for a couple of hours this afternoon in preparation for this joint review. It was difficult talking to one of my best friends for so long, but this is just the kind of thing we like to do for you, our readers. You’re welcome.
Destined saw a lot of character growth and development as Zoey and Stevie Ray grew ever more comfortable in their leadership roles, Rephaim adjusted to humanity, and (MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT) the twins un-twinned. PC and Kristin Cast just do an amazing job creating interesting and compelling character dynamics while directing the story into surprising directions. Sure it’s an epic battle between good and evil, but it also manages to cover acceptance, forgiveness and redemption without being coy or trite about it. The Casts’ have a lot of respect for their audience and it shows in their story-telling. Best of all, the ending of Destined is a true game-changer as Neferet’s secrets are revealed and two key characters enter the fray.
Bottom Line: A fantastic installment that is making us truly anxious for the next one.