Review: Redeemed- P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

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House of Night #12 Redeemed - P.C and Kristin Cast

With the release of the 10th-anniversary book Loved written by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast; this week I will be reviewing Redeemed by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast the final book in the House of Night series. Now I started reading this series when I was a freshman in high school and quickly fell in love with the characters and the plot line. Book after book, I could not wait to see what would happen next to the Nerd Herd. But as the years went on, I no longer had time to read the books, and although I would still buy them, I never had a chance to read them. Then when I heard about the new series that would continue to follow Zoey and the gang a year after the series ended, I figured what better time than now to finish the series.

Ever since Zoey Redbird had been Marked in the first book of the series, her and her friends have struggled with the forces of Darkness. Some battles were small, but all of the battles prepared them for the final battle against Neferet. Being that Zoey and all of her friends were favored by their Goddess Nyx, the Nerd Herd as a whole was extremely powerful. With the High Priestess Thanatos, her Warrior Kalona, Aurox, the Tulsa Police Department, and the city of Tulsa behind them; the Nerd Herd was set to defeat Neferet one last time.

Although the previous book, Revealed, setup for this epic final battle, Redeemed spent a lot of time continuing that setup. The book had many ups and downs between Zoey and her friends trying to figure out how to defeat Neferet while dealing with the many other obstacles that were in their way.

Now let’s get onto the review:

Things I Like:

This book was very well written and was highly enjoyable. These are some of the things that I believed were excellent about the book.

  • Good character development

All of the characters in the House of Night series were thoughtfully developed and the final book was true to this planning. Each character played to the personalities that were developed in previous books. This made the characters well-rounded and relatable as I read through the book.

  • Realizing the power within

So most of this series has shown each character finding the power within themselves. This book was no different. Zoey needed to control the power of Old Magick along with her own emotions to defeat Neferet. Without figuring out how to wield Old Magick, Zoey would have been defenseless against Neferet. By realizing the power that was in her blood, Zoey was able to hatch a plan that would not only save the people she loved, but also the world.

  • Shocking death

Although I will not spoil who dies in Redeemed, I would like to mention that the death was very shocking. Throughout the books, many of the characters had lived even after catastrophic events, and for this one character that was not the case. Because of the relation to Zoey and the gang I was not expecting that this character would die (even though the death is discussed just pages before it actually happens – Prophetess Aphrodite couldn’t keep that from happening!) However, the death brought to light more of the Goddess Nyx and her love for her children and that is what made this death a pro.

  • Love conquers all

In the final scene, a true act of love is done. Without spoiling the ending, love and light are what need to be used to balance out the imbalance between light and dark caused by Neferet. This act of love was very meaningful and brought me to tears.

  • The Afterword

After the final chapter of the book, the lives of Kalona, Nyx, Zoey, and all of her friends are revisited after the final battle. This whole section successfully wraps the entire series up. This lets us see how the characters are moving on from all the bad that followed them since the beginning of the series.

Things I Don’t Like:

Not everything was perfect about the book. Below are the cons:

  • Random couple development

Halfway through the book, a random couple forms between two unexpected characters. If the characters had a relationship prior to this book maybe it would be acceptable. This was not the case. Erik had not really been present much in the last few books, and suddenly he was there. The whole thing felt out of place, and a bit awkward.

  • Unexciting final battle

The final battle started off strong, and I was hopeful that it would continue to the very end. However, after the initial excitement, it quickly dissipated. It felt rushed and I thought that I had missed something (after reading it again, I realized I did not miss anything). Suddenly the final chapter was over without much warning.

 

Overall, Redeemed was a very well written book. The characters were spot on and their developments matched each of their personalities. The plot was nicely wrapped up with all of the characters finding their true place in the world. I give Redeemed

4 star rating

4 stars!

So what do you think? Was Redeemed a good series finale? Are you excited for the new series? Write your thoughts in the comments below!

xoxo Jenn

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Review: Redeemed- P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

  1. I remember buying the first four books of this series at Target about a month before moving to Germany, figuring they would get me through until our belongings arrived (which takes two months). At the time I hadn’t been reading much at all being 5 months pregnant and having an almost 2 year old to take care of I was always exhausted. Three of those four books didn’t even come to Germany with us because I flew through them while my son and I were staying with my parents for the holidays. I didn’t end up finishing the series, and I don’t remember which book I stopped with, but I think it was the 6th or 7th, but that was because I’m bad about buying new books in series when they’re published, and those books weren’t published yet so I moved on. I may have to figure out which books I still need to read now though and finish the series, because it sounds like it was pretty good up to the end.

    1. There are so many books out there that I have not heard of as well. I agree that the more books the merrier!

    1. Thanks! It is a good series, and I just started the new series based off of it and it is just as good!

  2. I had to skim a bit – I’m starting this series soon 🙂 Nice to know the last book is still a 4 star read!

    1. This book gave me mixed feelings while I was reading it. If the character development was not strong and the afterword did not wrap everything up the way it did, my rating would have been lower.

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