Destined : A House of Night Novel

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Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow...

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more - or possibly less - than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him...

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect him - and everyone - from his own fate? Find out what's destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 147 x 213 x 30mm | 408g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312650256
  • 9780312650254
  • 82,856

Review quote

"Twilight meets Harry Potter... Zoey Redbird... is basically the most relatable vampire -- sorry, fledgling vampyre -- I've ever read about." on The House of Night series

"This amazing writing pair once again weaves together a world where rising darkness threatens and brave teens risk everything." --RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) on Destined

"As the plot lines converge later in the novel, the action becomes both intense and thoroughly entertaining....this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans." --Kirkus Reviews on Destined

"The mega-selling Cast team continues to reveal its pulse-pounding saga through the viewpoints of multiple characters, giving fresh insight into their hearts and motivations... Tragedy, sacrifice and choice are all themes that make this story gripping." --RT Book Reviews on Awakened

"The saga of the House of Night series continues to smolder in Burned...The dual story lines create double the tension and conflict in this latest installment; fast paced and packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this book is a hard one to put down." --VOYA, on Burned

"Cast and Cast pull out all the stops and take this story to shattering new heights with devastating consequences!" --RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) on Tempted

"Move over, Stephenie Meyer." --People on Hunted

"The Cast duo has done it again! These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature..." (5 stars) on Hunted

"These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly--sometimes all at once." --VOYA on Marked and Betrayed

"Cast reeled me in from paragraph one. I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting." --MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of the Undead series, on Marked
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About P C Cast

P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. With her daughter Kristin Cast, she is the author of the House of Night novels, including Awakened, Burned and Hunted. Cast was born in the Midwest, and as a girl fell in love with mythology. After high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force, then taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Cast's novels are New York Times bestsellers and have been awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma, where she is a member of the Oklahoma Writers' Hall of Fame. She splits her time between her ranch and midtown Tulsa where she has a home just down the street from the House of Night...

Kristin Cast has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She also lives in Oklahoma, where she attends college in Tulsa.
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Rating details

79,190 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 43% (33,898)
4 29% (22,672)
3 20% (15,672)
2 6% (4,855)
1 3% (2,093)

Our customer reviews

This series is like a horrific car crash: you know you should just move on, but you can't help but stop and stare. The dialogue is atrocious, the pop culture references are abundant and cliche, the formula that each book follows is predictable and repetitive and the characters are annoyingly unbelievable. But, even knowing how bad they are, they are addictive. There's lots of drama and lots of suspense and that's what keeps me reading! Unlike the its predecessors, Destined is quite tame in terms of both drama and action scenes; when I think about it, not much actually happens. Zoey still hasn't learned to control her mouth, so Neferet is able to both discredit and humiliate her when she questions that Aurox is a gift from Nyx, the re-enrollment of the evil red fledglings does nothing but cause a few nasty words to be thrown around, and the employment of humans unsettles people temporarily, but is a minor blip in everyday activities. It actually seems like Destined is mostly a set-up for the events which will take place in future books as much is left unfinished: Lenobia's obvious connection with Travis (I'm thinking he is a reincarnation of the human she fell in love with which swore her off of humans for the rest of her existence), Shaunne and Erin's un-twinning, Shaunee's comment about watching Zoey and keeping her mind open and alert, Kalona's ability to enter Stark's conscious and Zoey's belief that Heath is a part of Aurox. I won't get in to how annoying Zoey's refusal to use real curse words is (bullpoop, really?), or how overdone Stevie Ray's Oklahoman accent comes across, or how often a label (I think they're shooting for an Apple endorsement - iPhone, iPad and Mac are all mentioned) or pop culture reference is dropped (at last count, I had 21 including True Blood and Game of Thrones) because it's the same issues that came up in previous House of Night novels. What I am going to comment on is Zoey's overuse of the phrase "ah, hell" which I'm almost positive was used to end almost every chapter, the creation of some really irritating words like "ginormic" and "gihugic", the incessant bickering which had me wanting to pull out my own teeth (because it would have been less painful) and the fact that there were ELEVEN different PoVs! All things which made me want to bash my head into a wall. Repeatedly. Per House of Night formula, the entire book is creating conditions whereby Zoey and her "nerd herd" + Aphrodite must band together to perform a circle and invoke the elements. Much of the book is preparation for this invocation, and its only during the last 50 pages or so that the action really begins. And then of course there's a shocking twist and we're left with a cliffhanger segue way for the next instalment. Oh joy. Destined (well, the whole series) does not deserve three stars. But there's a part of me that knows behind all the tackiness and bad writing, there's a really good, really entertaining story; there are moments of pure brilliance which remind me of the House of Night's potential . And unfortunately, I am drawn like a moth to the flame - I will keep reading this series. Shamefully. In a dark corner, where no one can see more
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