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Zoey and her circle are at the Redbird farm to recreate events magically, in order to find out how her mother died.  After the ritual, during which Dragon is killed, they see the truth of how her mother was killed.  Thantos, the High Priestess, is with them and finally sees Nerferat did it as she serves the Darkness now.  She lets the Vampyr High Council know the truth, so they can remove her from power.

Nerferat has sacrificed Dragons cat, Shadowfax, for a spell to break Zoey’s circle.  Setting the school’s barn on fire as a distraction, she makes her escape.  Luckily none of the horses are harmed, and the Horse Mistress recognises the new stable hand as her reincarnated true love and saves his life.  As Nerferat’s evil plans grow, the embers of House of Night must work together to d3efeat the Darkness, even trusting former enemies like Kalona.

I keep reading this series as I really like the concept of a vampire school and the interesting mythology and hope the stories will get better.  The books don’t hold my interest though, the characters don’t seem to grow and there are so many pop culture references it’s painful.  A character describing an event as humungous?  And when something bad happens the first response is to argue about whose fault it is.  You want to tell them to grow up.

Teens that are fans of this series should like this book but if you’re not a fan don’t bother reading it.

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After surviving the Underworld, Zoey and Stark take their relationship to a new level.  The bad god Kalona is sharing his soul with Stark after bonding in the Underworld. This is negatively affecting Stark but the good guys haven’t realised this yet. Stevie Rae and the group leave school to live underground after the death of one of the most likeable students.  Everyone else believes Neferet is good again, while the group know she has killed.  Heath comes back as a vessel that carries out the wishes of Neferet and tries to kill Zoey yet again.  There was also some exciting battle action.

There were way too many pop culture references and author shout outs. It seemed to dumb down the story a bit and was irritating. This plot was well thought out and tightly written though, with an ending that was not happy, but also not all that sad. It leaves you wondering where the next HON book is going.

Things get quite steamy for a few of the characters early on.  There is sexual content but it’s only slightly more graphic than the Twilight series sexual content. It just explains and hints that they have sex. The series show how friendships are made, relationships are formed and how trust is to be earned.  Ok for tweens but not worth bothering with if you’re older.

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This was the first House of Night book I read.  The series follows Zoey Redbird as he is ‘marked’ by a vampire tracker and begins to change into a vampire. She leaves her family to move into the House of Night – a boarding school for fledgling vampyres.  I really wished I had read the first six books in order to pick up character relationships easier.  As I got into the story, it became easier to figure out what was going on though.

Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. As her friends watch over her mortal body (which is now devoid of all tattoos), Zoey’s soul drifts in the Otherworld, alone except for Heath. Unless Zoey can face what has happened, pull her shattered pieces back together, and return to her body within seven days, it will be forever too late. James Stark is Zoey’s Guardian. He is the only living person who can reach her. The only way for that to happen is for his body to die so his shaman can travel to the Underworld.

Neferet sends Kalona’s soul into the underworld to permanently eliminate the threat Zoey poses.  She binds his body with darkness to keep his soul out. Unless Kalona kills Zoey or keeps her soul from returning to her body in time, his immortal soul becomes Neferet’s to control and use.

Meanwhile, Stevie Rae is dealing with her Imprint on Rephaim and her fledglings, both good and evil. Unknown to her followers, Stevie Rae has saved the life of Rephaim, the son of Kalona. Rephaim has the body of a human, black wings, the head of a raven, and the eyes of a human. He has vowed to stay with Stevie Rae until she tells him to leave. If her fledglings learn of Stevie Rae’s friendship with the Raven Mocker or that they share an Imprint, it could spell disaster.

The story kept jumping from one character’s point-of-view to the next, which made it a bit hard to follow at first. The style of talking was a little cringe making – do teens really talk like that? I really liked the unique mythology. I thought the Celtic elements blended in well with the Wiccan and Native American mythology this is definitely a YA book though.  Don’t bother to read if you’re an adult as the slang and phrasing will drive you nuts.

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Dragon’s Oath PC & Kristin Cast

Posted: September 29, 2012 in Review
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Dragon’s Oath

PC & Kristin Cast

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Reviewed by Jan

This is a short story of Dragon – how he got the name and ended up fencing instructor at the House of Night.  Its the first in a new mini-series of novellas about the House of Night.  The story explains the background of Dragon and Anastasia, their love affair, his oath to her, and his torment after her death in Awakenings.  It’s fun to see these two when they were young, and have a bit more insight into Dragon’s personality.  It makes his character more real and helps to better understand his actions at the end of Awakened.

Banished from his noble English family, Bryan Lankford is Marked on the docks and becomes a Fledgling.  He travels to America, finding that he has a talent for the sword along the way.  Bryan becomes Dragon Lankford, a Sword Master, teaching at the House of Night.  There he meets Anastasia, a Professor of Spells and History.

Becoming a Fledgling proves to be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world….  Dragon is caught up in a dark power and uses his fighting skills and brains to ward off the evil.  All the while protecting Anastasia.

Dragon’s Oath is a quick, sweet read.  It’s suitable for teens, like the rest in the House of Night series.  My favourite in the House of Night series, you need to read Awakened first.