In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa’s House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side – and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through... read more
In Destined, the ninth installment of the House of Night series, the book is told from no less than 11 points of view, respectively Zoey, Stevie Rae, Rephaim, Kalona, Stark, Aurox, Neferet, Shaunee, Lenobia, Dragon, and Erik. At the start of the book, Zoey is confused about the vision she had... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In Destined, the ninth installment of the House of Night series, the book is told from no less than 11 points of view, respectively Zoey, Stevie Rae, Rephaim, Kalona, Stark, Aurox, Neferet, Shaunee, Lenobia, Dragon, and Erik. At the start of the book, Zoey is confused about the vision she had of her mother’s death and wonders what it means. During the night, she notices Darkness surrounding a sleeping Stark and uses her Spirit element to banish it. Zoey is filled with a sense of foreboding.
Aurox is proving to be an effective weapon for Neferet who has passed him off as a gift from Nyx. Despite the White bulls warning that the vessel is imperfect due to the imperfect sacrifice, Neferet remains oblivious to Heath’s soul which has been inserted into the vessel by Nyx.
Zoey and her friends return to school where she blindsides Neferet by initiating a Skype meeting with Duantia, the leader of the High Council. She gives her version of the events in Awakened and puts Neferet in the uncomfortable position of having to accept Rephaim at the House of Night. Next, she asks for a second House of Night under the Tulsa depot, but although Stevie Rae is accepted as the High Priestess of all the red fledglings by the Council, Duantia doesn't give a full answer regarding the request.
Having been freed by Kalona along with the gift of human from as a result of Nyx’s forgiveness, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally together. However, Rephaim’s shape shifting from a boy to a raven during daylight hours means that he still has to battle with the darkness as a result of his father’s legacy, threatens to tear them apart. Rephaim is determined to fit in with Stevie Rae’s friends and adapt to the lessons taught at the House of Night.
Rephaim takes refuge in the garden to avoid the fencing class headed by the hostile Dragon Lankford and is surprised when he is visited by three of his Raven Mocker brothers who have been sent by Kalona. Kalona has taken Rephaim’s loss quite hard as he, unlike his brothers, was the closest to human. He lives in hope that Rephaim will reconsider and return to him and urges him to spy on the House of Night for him. The brothers are stunned to see Rephaim in human form as a result of Nyx’s forgiveness. Their meeting is interrupted by Aurox who kills one of them and proceeds to attack Rephaim. Stevie Rae using her earth element incapacitates Aurox, but not before she along with Rephaim and Zoey, witness him half-shift into a bull. Neferet appears and diffuses the situation but Zoey is unnerved by Aurox although she is unable to explain why.
Erik hears the commotion, but falls under the Tracker compulsion before he can actually intervene. He finds Shaylin, a blind girl. Having Marked her, Eric is stunned when she reveals a red Mark instead of the traditional blue and blames himself for slipping up. Shaylin recovers her eyesight and gains her first gift, the very rare True Sight, which allows a person to 'see' others in colors. Confused, Erik decides to take her to Stevie Rae. At the school, Zoey receives a visit from her grandmother, who confirms Linda's death and leaves for a seven-day period of mourning. Zoey runs off to mourn and Aurox finds her. He offers her a Kleenex, just like Heath used to. At the bus, Erik presents them with the girl. Neferet appears and Shaylin pretends to faint, later telling them she had the general color of dead fish eyes.
Kalona is shocked to learn that Rephaim has become human as a result of Nyx’s forgiveness and feels bitter that Nyx didn’t forgive him when he asked her in the Otherworld.
To stir things up and invoke chaos, Neferet has hired humans to begin working at the House of Night. Lenobia finds herself drawn to the horse whisperer Travis, who reminds her of her past – something which Neferet has already foreseen.
The next day at school, Rephaim feels the call of his father and calls Zoey to stand witness to the meeting. Kalona appears on the wall and offers them a truce against Neferet, which Zoey reluctantly accepts. As the discussion takes place during her first class, with Neferet, she skips it altogether. When she returns to the school building for her second period she finds out that the Council has sent Thanatos, a vampyre Priestess with an affinity for Death, to report on the situation at the House of Night, much to Neferet's displeasure. As Thanatos too can see the threads of Darkness, Zoey finds her sympathetic and eventually reveals her concerns about Neferet and her mother's death. Thanatos offers to perform a reveal ritual at the place of Linda's death on the fifth day of mourning.
Back at the depot, Zoey and her friends sit down to discuss the events. Rephaim finds unexpected support in Shaunee, who empathizes with him because of her father, but this leads to a break between the Twins, as Erin doesn't understand why Shaunee feels so strongly about this. Two more prophecies, one from Kramisha and one from Aphrodite, warn of Rephaim's death at the reveal ritual, probably at the hand of Dragon, so Thanatos asks him to remain at the House of Night. However, Dragon’s instinct tells him that something is wrong and he feels duty bound to go to the ritual regardless.
While wondering in the tunnels, Shaunee spots Kalona, waiting for his son. Shaunee gives him her iPhone so that he can contact him until she can get him another phone. Later Kalona follows Rephaim and witnesses him changing from a human into a raven. This enrages him as he thinks Nyx is still punishing Rephaim rather than understanding that this is Rephaim’s chance to atone for the wrong he did as a Raven Mocker.
Neferet finds out about the reveal ritual and sends Aurox to intervene. When Aurox arrives at the scene of Linda’s murder, he realises that Darkness and Neferet were responsible and emphasising with Zoey does nothing to prevent the ritual. Neferet realises that something is wrong and sacrifices a mystery feline to force Aurox to do her bidding.
When Aurox charges out in full bull form during the ritual, Dragon (who has been secretly watching him) attempts to prevent him from attacking Rephaim and breaking the circle. Dragon is mortally wounded as a result. Rephaim is also injured but Thanatos urges the group not to break the circle as that’s what darkness wants.
During the ritual, Zoey and her grandmother discover the real circumstances of Linda's murder but death demands payment in return for the revealing spell and refuses to let the group leave. As Aurox prepares to impale Rephaim with his horns, Dragon steps in front of Rephaim and is gored through his chest. With his final breath he tells the group that, “If only death can release you, then my death releases you.” Dragon's death closes up the ritual. The effects of Neferet’s spell wear off and Aurox is horrified when he sees Dragon’s battered body. He tells Zoey he chose a different future. With Nyx’s help as well as the Seer’s Stone, Zoey realises that Heath is Aurox and is shocked to her core. She prevents Darius and Stark from killing him and Aurox runs off into the night.
The group is saddened by Dragon’s death and it seems that Rephaim they are about to lose Rephaim too. Kalona arrives on the scene - having been called by Stevie Rae - and he tearfully expresses regret, asking Nyx not to kill Rephaim for his own mistakes. A tear drop falls on the gash on Rephaim’s head which closes the wound and Rephaim regains consciousness. Thanatos then proceeds to Dragon and guides him to the Otherworld. A gateway is opened and everybody can see him happily reunited with Anastasia. Thanatos decides to become the new High Priestess of the Tulsa House of Night. Much to everybody's surprise, Kalona pledges himself as Thanatos's Warrior.
As they leave the scene, Zoey and her friends see a vision of Nyx, who reminds them that the fight will continue.
“I'd rather not hide." "I'd rather not have you dead." "I'd rather sleep."”Rephaim, Stevie Ray, Aphrodite
“They're havin' a bunch of guy fun, which means they're hittin' each other with wooden swords and shootin' arrows at things while they yell alot.”Stevie Ray
“Howdy, ma'am I'm the new stable manager. I'd 'preciate it if you could point me to the man in charge." "Uh-oh" "John Wayne just totally fucked up." "I am Lenobia. I am the woman in charge of these stables and your new boss.”
“"Don't encourage him. He's been holding fledgling court all day. The girls want to date him. The boys want to be him. He's making my head hurt." "So you like him a little?”Lenobia & Zoey
“What does the pea green and the watery stuff say about me?" "What do you think it says?" "Why are you answering my question with a question?" "Hey, you just answered my question with a question." "I asked you first." Does it really matter?" "Yes."”Erik and Shaylin
“"Over more than one hundred years the one consistent thing I have found is that there really is no normal when it comes to women."”Dragon to Aurox
“"Yeah, it was all psycho-windy, but tellin' you that would be like tryin' to tell white about rice." "What in the for-shit's-sake is that supposed to mean?" "It means, Hateful, that Damien already knows it was windy today 'cause his affinity is wind. Just like rice is white. I don't even know what was hard about that analogy." "Just. Don't. Speak."”Stevie Rae and Aphrodite
“I do accept your oath, Kalona, and I will hold it as binding.”
“Poker face? Sorry, I only know how to play Candyland.”Highlighted by 87 Kindle customers
I think evil’s greatest threat comes from its own pride and arrogance and greed.Highlighted by 85 Kindle customers
“There are worse things than death. Being trapped by your fear of it is one of those things.”Highlighted by 82 Kindle customers
Darkness does not always equate to evil Light does not always bring good.”Highlighted by 76 Kindle customers
“He’s right. I was with him the whole time. It’s okay. Well, as okay as it can be when He Who Cannot Be Named is involved,” I whispered. “Oh for shit’s sake. This isn’t Hogwarts,” Aphrodite said. “Wish it was,” Erin said.Highlighted by 64 Kindle customers
“But, like I said before, you’re gonna come through all of this just fine and not crazy because you’re smart and strong and beautiful and basically covered with awesomesauce.”Highlighted by 63 Kindle customers
“You don’t have to be jealous. Ever. Because you’re not just covered with awesomesauce. You’re what awesomesauce is made of.”Highlighted by 62 Kindle customers
“You can borrow my two-carat diamond stud earrings,” Aphrodite said. I stopped and looked back at her. “Huh?” She shrugged. “That’s as close to a declaration of love as you’re gonna get from me.”Highlighted by 49 Kindle customers
Shaunee was digging in her purse like she’d misplaced a tube of one of MAC’s seasonal lipsticks that you buy and fall in love with AND THEN THEY DISCONTINUE IT BECAUSE THEY REALLY HATE US AND WANT US TO BE CRAZY.Highlighted by 46 Kindle customers
The question of what we are can only be answered by ourselves. We each decide what we are by the life choices we make. How we were made, who are parents are, where we are from, the color of our skin, who we choose to love, all those things do not define us. Our actions define us, and will keep defining us until even after death.”Highlighted by 43 Kindle customers
Series Title Page
Prologue - Zoey
Chapter 1 - Aurox / Aurox
Chapter 2 - Zoey
Chapter 3 - Kalona / Rephaim
Chapter 4 - Zoey
Chapter 5 - Rephaim / Zoey
Chapter 6 - Erik
Chapter 7 - Zoey
Chapter 8 - Zoey / Aurox
Chapter 9 - Zoey
Chapter 10 - Kalona / Rephaim / Stevie Rae
Chapter 11 - Lenobia
Chapter 12 - Aurox
Chapter 13 - Stark / Zoey
Chapter 14 - Zoey
Chapter 15 - Zoey
Chapter 16 - Zoey / Kalona
Chapter 17 - Shaunee
Chapter 18 - Zoey / Aurox
Chapter 19 - Zoey
Chapter 20 - Lenobia
Chapter 21 - Neferet / Zoey
Chapter 22 - Zoey / Shaunee
Chapter 23 - Zoey
Chapter 24 - Neferet / Rephaim / Kalona
Chapter 25 - Zoey / Neferet
Chapter 26 - Dragon / Zoey
Chapter 27 - Aurox / Dragon / Zoey
Chapter 28 - Neferet / Zoey / Aurox / Zoey
Chapter 29 - Kalona / Zoey
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