Many books in my book queue are waiting to be read, and a common theme among is that they’re all part of a series, trilogy or saga. Each Sunday, I’ll share a book from a series. You can read along with me, or add the books to your own reading list. This week, I’ll be reviewing “Hunted” the fifth book in the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast.
I feel like the whole “House of Night” series was building up to an epic battle with Kalona, an evil, immortal fallen angel. But “Hunted” was an anticlimactic part of my week.
After Kalona is reincarnated at the end of “Untamed,” Zoey and her friends flee to some underground tunnels. Kalona is afraid of being underground because that’s where he was trapped before Neferet freed him with Stevie Rae’s blood. |
Unfortunately Zoey and her friends head back to school. There’s a rule in P.C. and Kristin Cast’s books where, if a vampyre fledgling is away from the House of Night for too long, they start to reject their transition into vampyre life and could eventually die.
The stretch of time Zoey and her friends are back at school is also pretty dull. They conspire to escape again. Or banish Kalona. Their objectives shift from chapter to chapter, so it’s difficult to figure out what the characters actually want.
One of the interesting things about the characters in the Casts’ novels is they change from good to evil from book to book. In the third book, Stevie Rae loses her humanity and has to get it back, almost turning evil. After she turns into a red vampyre, she still has a hint of evil in her.
Aphrodite and Erik also turn out to be kind of shady. Aphrodite doesn’t want to be a good guy, but she’s drawn to Darius, one of the Sons of Erebus (a faction of vampyre warriors). She grows to appreciate Zoey and her friends and her personality has been gradually softening as the series progresses. There’s still some tension between Aphrodite and the rest of the characters, so as a reader, I can’t trust her.
Erik, after turning into a vampyre, wants to be Zoey’s one and only boyfriend, but Heath comes back into Zoey’s life. Erik accepts it, claiming he’s in love with Zoey, but he shows flashes of jealously when Zoey does something on her own. I was rooting for Erik, but as it turns out, he’s kind of a jerk.
Another character, a new student named Stark, has a bigger role as well. He’s an archer with incredible, unnatural aim. He’s in cahoots with Neferet and Kalona throughout the book, but turns good toward the end. He and Zoey have an unusual connection, which will probably be revealed in the next book.
At this point in the series, P.C. and Kristin Cast’s world becomes increasingly complex. There are so many rules to being a vampyre in Oklahoma, where the story takes place. A funny way the authors explain the rules to their world, is Zoey will say something like, “Oh, I almost forgot this thing that I read in my Vampyre Sociology book, but I just remembered that…” It’s kind of a cheap way to explain something to readers, but it works.
The story ends well enough, with Kalona being banished but not killed, leaving room for yet another part in the series, “Tempted,” which I’ll be reviewing next week!
My movie-jeering partner-in-crime, Dan, is encouraging me to read the “Song of Fire and Ice” series next. He reviewed “A Clash of Kings” here, and another coworker, Bethany, talks about the series here.