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Revealed: House of Night #11    by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast order for
by P. C. Cast
Order:  USA  Can
Griffin, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Revealed follows the action packed Hidden as the eleventh (penultimate) episode in the House of Night series by the mother and daughter writing team, P. C. and Kristin cast. Its main themes are empowerment through free will and of love.

The series is set in a world in which vampyres and humans coexist, though at times uneasily. Heroine Zoey Redbird, beloved of the Goddess Nyx, studies at the House of Night (a school for young vamps) in Tulsa and has an unusual affinity for all five elements. She is surrounded by a nerd herd of talented fellow students. The series villainess is High Priestess Neferet, now outed as having allied with Darkness - a recent novella, Neferet's Curse, reveals the back story that sent young Emily Wheiler down this shadowed path.

Hidden ended with a violent confrontation, in which Neferet was (at least temporarily) defeated. She fell from a great height, but as the immortal Tsi Sgili, gradually regains strength and shape. Revealed opens on a House of Night campus fair, attended by Tulsa humans - and also by Neferet in spider form. When a fledgling dies suspiciously and the town Mayor (Aphrodite's father) is murdered, a police investigation ensues and High Priestess Thanatos complies with an official request to close the campus.

Meanwhile Zoey struggles with her feelings for Aurox, triggered when he regularly manifests the soul of her beloved Heath in his speech and actions. She's also stressed by what's happening around her (after Dallas seeks revenge) and by Stark's possessive jealousy. And Aphrodite has a terrifyingly dark vision of what's ahead for Zoey that she decides to keep from her friend and High Priestess. As the plot - and Old Magick - thickens, readers are enlightened by more of Neferet's past memories.

Revealed ends on a shocking cliff-hanger for Zoey, one that will leave fans anxiously awaiting the House of Night series conclusion. How will Zoey get out of this tangled web, will Neferet finally get what she deserves, and what exactly does she deserve? We'll just have to wait to find out.

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