Here is the summary from Goodreads: At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet's evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side -- but she's far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all. With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together -- but that's proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night's former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limit. To top it off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind. She saw something when she looked at Aurox through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Is it possible that Heath has come back in a different form? Is that why Zoey's so intrigued by Aurox, when it's so obvious that he's dangerous? And who would believe her if she told them? Zoey knows that following her instinct about Aurox might be just what they need to defeat evil . . . but if she's wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her. With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it's too late?
What I Liked: 1) It seemed like there was finally something different going on in this one. With Zoey and her friends, they've finally been able to convince some of the adult vampyres that Neferet is not the innocent and loyal High Priestess they think she is, so it seems the little band of fledglings is finally going to get some help. 2) They, meaning Zoey and her friends, seemed to have matured some. It's probably hard not to mature when you are dealing with everything that they are having to go through. But that has been one of my chief complaints as I've read these books, their lack of maturity, and it finally seems as if their actions and they way they talk matches their age. 3) The fissure in her circle. Okay, I don't like that something has come between some of their friendships, but I like the new dimension that it's brought to the book. For so long it was these five in Zoey's inner circle, and then there were a few outliers, but when one of these main five begins to question what they are doing, it gives them a new dynamic, and forces them to reach out to others who are loyal to their cause. 4) Setting. For the first time I felt that we were solidly back at the House of Night in Tulsa. This is where the story began, and I'm hoping where we will see it end. I can't help but feeling we are nearing the end of the journey, and I'm hoping that it will end at HON once at for all.
What I Didn't Like: The biggest complaint I have now is that there seems to be no concept of the passage of time. In real time, it's been 5 years. In the book, I have no idea. Has it been one year? Two, three? Stevie Rae is a full vampyre now, no longer a fledgling. And I thought that Zoey and Stevie Rae were the same age. Erin and Shaunee were a year older, yet they are both still fledglings. At some point they should Change - from fledgling to vampyre. I have a bit of an obsession with time in my life, so not understanding how time passes in a book drives me a little batty.
Overall Thoughts: The Mother/Daughter team of P.C. and Kristin Cast seem to have been pulled out of their slump with this newest addition to their House of Night series. The characters are finally showing some growth, and the dynamics have been changing, giving the whole plot a new dimension. I'm glad I've stuck with it this long, and can't wait to see where we end up next!
My Rating: 4 candy corns