When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames....
Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird's soul has shattered. With everything she's ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever,... read more
Zoey's soul has shattered and has gone to the Otherworld due to Kalona killing Zoey's human Consort, Heath. For Zoey to get her shattered soul complete again, Stark must find a way to travel to the Otherworld without dying and save his High Priestess. The narrative mode is told from multiple... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Zoey's soul has shattered and has gone to the Otherworld due to Kalona killing Zoey's human Consort, Heath. For Zoey to get her shattered soul complete again, Stark must find a way to travel to the Otherworld without dying and save his High Priestess. The narrative mode is told from multiple points of view in third-person limited (including Stark's, Kalona's, Aphrodite's, Heath's, Rephaim's, and Stevie Rae's) and first-person narrative in Zoey's point of view, as in previous books.
Zoey is stuck in the Otherworld. If her body remains unoccupied by her spirit, it will die in a week. Her friends desperately try to find a way to save her. Aphrodite, at first only for appearances at the Vampire High Council, acts as Nyx's Prophetess and finds that she can force a vision by touching Zoey's body. She discovers that Zoey's spirit is gone from her body, and she spearheads the plan to figure out how to rescue Zoey's, the sister she never had. After some research into ancient-forgotten vampyre legends and religion, the Nerd Herd finds out about the eternal struggle between Light and Darkness personified by a Black Bull and a White Bull respectively. Stevie Rae and Rephaim together figure out that Neferet has imprisoned Kalona's body in this realm using Darkness and sent his spirit to the Otherworld to ensure that Zoey does not put the shattered pieces of her soul together and stays trapped in the Otherworld.
Zoey's friends discover, from ancient scrolls, that to travel to the Otherworld without dying they need to know more about forgotten ancient beliefs regarding the two bulls. Stevie Rae accidentally summons the White Bull, which is basically Darkness personified, to find a way for Stark, Zoey's sworn Warrior who is frantic to save her, to enter the Otherworld. The white bull tells Stevie Rae a poem about how it's possible. As payment for giving that knowledge, the white bull extracts his payment in her pain and her blood. Rephaim saves her at the last minute by offering himself. Stevie Rae summons the Black Bull and saves them both at the price of always staying connected to Rephaim's humanity. Since she survives, Stevie Rae is able to pass on the poem with the way to the Otherworld to Aphrodite.
Stark is overjoyed to find a way to help Zoey, and according to the poem goes to the Isle of Women also known as the Isle of Skye to find Sgaich, an ancient Warrior queen who can help him enter the Otherworld. Stark, Darius and Aphrodite travel to the Isle and observe the ancient warrior ways. With their guidance, Stark undertakes a perilous journey to the Otherworld where he slays his Warrior self to become a Shaman and thus reach Zoey. Stark convinces Heath that he has to leave Zoey and move on so that she, in turn, can move on and save the world from Kalona and Neferet.
Meanwhile, Stevie Rae is having huge problems of her own. She is trying to hide the existence of Rephaim from the red fledglings, and at the same time she seems to be developing feelings for him. Stevie Rae struggles with being Bonded to Rephaim and tries to gets Dallas to have sex with her to break the bond. However, Rephaim feels what is happening and tries to stop her from abandoning him. Finding out that Stevie Rae has been keeping Rephaim a secret infuriates Dallas, and he lets Darkness come into him and becomes the third Red Vampyre, though he is evil and not good, like Stark and Stevie Rae. He nearly kills both Stevie Rae and Rephaim using his affinity for Electricity, but they escape.
In the Otherworld, Heath moves on and tells a devastated Zoey that they will meet again in his next life. Stark approaches her in the Otherworld and can't explain to Zoey how she must bring her soul back together. But Stark's journey has taught him of being a Guardian, which is more than simply a Warrior. He accepts that his role is to protect Zoey from anything, even if it means he dies or she doesn't love him. Stark engages Kalona in a dangerous fight. When Zoey sees this she realizes that she needs to pull herself together, and she pulls the pieces of her shattered soul back together. Before she can intervene, Kalona manages to kill Stark. Zoey attacks Kalona and manages to overpower him. She demands that he pay up the life debt he owes her for killing her Consort by bringing Stark back to life. When Kalona refuses, Nyx intervenes causing Kalona to share a part of his immortality with Stark and bring him back to life. Nyx banishes Kalona's body AND spirit from the Otherworld. Zoey fully accepts Stark as her Guardian and lets him drink from her so he could heal, the elements fill her again and all her tattoos come back.
Rephaim and Stevie Rae are together and finally seem to be starting a relationship when they feel Kalona and Zoey come back into this realm. Rephaim says that his heart has never mattered enough, and Stevie Rae says that he should come back to her when his heart is as important to him as it is to her.
At the end of the story, Zoey comes back from the other world before Stark and then brings his soul back to his body in the real world, and Zoey tells Stark that it's all over. She hears Nyx laugh and say that "No daughter, it's only just begun."
“Here's a newsflash... Zoey isn't dead. And believe me I know dead. I've been there, done that, and got the frickin' tee-shirt.”Stevie Rae
“No Zoey." Heath sounded pissed. "It's not okay here. Not for you." "Well maybe that's cause I'm not dead. Yet.”Heath and Zoey
“Please, dork. It's in the 101 Handbook because it's meant to scare the crap out of retarded third formers, like you, so that hot young fledglings stay away from sexy Sons of Erebus Warriors. The stupid thing was probably written by some dried-up old hag of a High Priestess who hadn't had sex in, like, a hundred years. Literally. Stark needs to follow Zoey to the Otherworld, kick Kalona's spirit's ass, and then bring her back here.”Aphrodite
“"I'm not stupid, stupid," Aphrodite said. "Leave this whole thing in my extremely capable and well-manicured hands. I'll call you later with an update. Bye!”Aphrodite
“The cows can do that? How? Cows can't even talk.""Bulls, double retard. Stay with me. I'm not just talking about animals, but the rawness of power that surrounds them. The bulls represent power.”Stevie Rae & Aphrodite
“Barbies, herd of nerd? Seriously? You're supposed to be saving Z, remember?”Aphrodite
“Eww," Jack said, and then giggled. "Yeah, and a Paris Hilton doll that had an optional brain."Aphrodite raised her brow at him. "Don't go all crazy. There are some things even Paris Hilton can't buy.”Jack & Aphrodite
“No, daughter, it's not all over. It's just beginning...”Nyx to Zoey
“I'm a girl who's somehow been bound to the humanity of a guy who is a beast.”Stevie Rae
“James Stark, from here on out I accept you as my Guardian, and I also accept all that goes with it.Then I will serve you with my honor and my life, forever Zoey. My Ace, mo bann ri, my queen.”Zoey & Stark
“I didn't say I was ignoring it, Gay Boy. I said I didn't give a shit about it" p.g 77”Aphrodite
“What's an ass hat? "Eric.”Aprhodite and Zoey(I think)
“As Stevie Rae would have said, Kalona was as wrong as manboobs.”Zoey
“How about I say bite me? Is that nice enough?”Aphrodite to Stevie Rae
“Are you not from the country? How is it that you don't know what a bull is?”Aphrodite to Stevie Rae
“I am here because she is here, and she belongs to me.”Rephaim
“I do not want to live in a world without her.”Rephaim
“Sweet weeping puppies, Dallas! You nearly scared me spitless.”Stevie Rae
“Would you do that talking thing you do while you bandage it?" "Just exactly what talkin' thing do you mean?" "You talk. A lot. So go ahead and do it. It'll give me something more annoying to think about than the pain.”Rephaim & Stevie Rae
“You're such a dork. There is no such thing as a Spider-Man. He is a made-up comic-book-bullshit character,”Aphrodite
“Oh, for crap's sake. You're not almost dying again, are you? It's seriously inconvenient when you do that.”Aphrodite
“Do you think my mouth gets me into trouble?" "Of course I do." "Okay, look, I'm not kidding." "Neither am I." "Why? Because I say what I mean?" "No, my beauty, because you do use your words like a dagger, and a drawn dagger often causes trouble.”Aphrodite & Darius
“Good luck with kicking an immortal's ass, dude.”Heath
“You remember you two are linked together, right?" "Not anymore we're not, he broke that link when he broke Heath's neck.”Stark & Zoey
“Hey, I know what I want you to do." "Tell me. If I can do it, I will." "I want you to bite me." "Now you ask me? When my body's totally messed up. Great.”Zoey & Stark
“People who ignore history end up repeating it.”Damien Maslin
“Think again. I'm a prophetess of Nyx. Remember her? Nyx - as in your Goddess who is the boss of you. I do not need to be some guy's refrigerator to have the right to go before the High Council. Nyx herself gave me the right. Now move the hell out of my way!”Aphrodite to Erce
I’ve been there, done that, and got the frickin’ T-shirt.”Highlighted by 159 Kindle customers
“People who ignore history end up repeating it,”Highlighted by 121 Kindle customers
“Yeah, ’cause we think you’re like Rachel on Glee,” Shaunee said. “Super annoying, but she has to be in the show ’cause sometimes she comes up with good stuff and kinda sorta saves the day.”Highlighted by 110 Kindle customers
And, as Stevie Rae would have said, Kalona was as wrong as manboobs.Highlighted by 98 Kindle customers
The Red One steps into the Light girded loins for her part in the apocalyptic fight.Highlighted by 85 Kindle customers
Ally with him; pay with your heart though trust cannot be given unless the Darkness you part. See with the soul and not your eyes because to dance with beasts you must penetrate their disguise.Highlighted by 84 Kindle customers
A double-edged sword One side destroys One releases I am your Gordian knot Will you release or destroy me? Follow truth and you shall: Find me on water Purify me through fire Trapped by earth nevermore Air will whisper to you What spirit already knows: That even shattered anything is possible If you believe Then we shall both be free.Highlighted by 63 Kindle customers
No, daughter, it’s not all over. It’s just beginning . . .Highlighted by 57 Kindle customers
anything is possible If you believe Then we shall both be freeHighlighted by 45 Kindle customers
Kalona’s song sounds sweet As we slaughter with cold heatHighlighted by 40 Kindle customers
Series Title Page
Chapter 1 - Kalona
Chapter 2 - Rephaim
Chapter 3 - Stevie Rae
Chapter 4 - Aphrodite
Chapter 5 - Zoey
Chapter 6 - Stevie Rae / Stevie Rae / Stevie Rae / Stevie Rae
Chapter 7 - Stevie Rae
Chapter 8 - Aphrodite
Chapter 9 - Stark / Stark
Chapter 10 - Stark / Zoey
Chapter 11 - Stevie Rae
Chapter 12 - Stevie Rae
Chapter 13 - Rephaim
Chapter 14 - Stevie Rae
Chapter 15 - Stark / Stark
Chapter 16 - Zoey / Stevie Rae
Chapter 17 - Stevie Rae / Stevie Rae / Stevie Rae
Chapter 18 - Rephaim
Chapter 19 - Stark
Chapter 20 - Stark / Stark
Chapter 21 - Stevie Rae / Stevie Rae
Chapter 22 - Stevie Rae
Chapter 23 - Rephaim / Rephaim
Chapter 24 - Stark
Chapter 25 - Aphrodite
Chapter 26 - Stark
Chapter 27 - Heath
Chapter 28 - Kalona / Stark
Chapter 29 - Zoey
Chapter 30 - Zoey
Chapter 31 - Stevie Rae / Zoey
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