Series: House of Night #12
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal -> Vampires
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Goodreads Synopsis: In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.
The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 160 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the final installment of the series, Zoey and her friends face the ultimate battle with evil which will determine the fate of the world, both human and vampyre.
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, set up 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 to 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.
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.
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…
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!
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