Hidden: House of Night
P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Griffin, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
as the tenth in the popular YA
House of Night
series by the mother and daughter writing team, P. C. and Kristin cast. Though a paranormal series, the books' main themes are the powers of free will and of love.
eries heroine Zoey Redbird started as a
(in a world where vampires are generally benign) studying at the House of Night (a school for young vamps) in Tulsa. Zoey is beloved of the Goddess Nyx and has an affinity for all five elements. Over time she has grown to lead and depend on a
of talented fellow students. Development of
relationships - and their engaging, ongoing banter - creates the series appeal, as much as the good vs. evil battle they continually fight.
heir main enemy has been High Priestess Neferet. In
, she was outed as having allied with Darkness, and Thanatos was sent to investigate by the Vampyre High Council. Now, as
opens, Thanatos is the new High Priestess and Neferet continues to attempt to use Aurox (whom she created, and controls by blood sacrifice) to eliminate the good guys. But why do he and Zoey feel such a pull towards each other? Zoey (now paired with Guardian Warrior Stark) suspects that Heath has come back to her as Aurox, but is reluctant to share this with her inner circle.
oey's BFF Stevie Rae is now with Rephaim, a son of Kalona (who has won Nyx's forgiveness after a long time on the dark side). Lenobia's romance with a human progresses, along with revelation of her back story. The nerd herd learn how useful Shaylin's
can be. And Zoe's Cherokee grandmother, Sylvia Redbird, aids Aurox and offers him hope of redemption. Which is just as well as the villainess of the piece is about to unleash Aurox against someone close to Zoe. Will she and her team be able to save either of them? Read for yourself to find out.
t's hard to track the dizzying relationship shifts - not to mention characters' moves across the line dividing good and evil - in this series. But it continues to offer solid entertainment - and with action in spades this time round. Series fans will revel in
and be looking for more when they close the last page.
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