Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
“Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves”
I know it’s not everyone who likes the para-normal-vampyre-genre, but personally I think it’s great! I was excited to read “Betrayed” – the second book of the series “House of Night”. After reading the first book I was amazed and looking forward to reading more about Zoey’s world and how she keeps on developing as a character. As the first book (“Marked”) is about finding your right path and your place in the world, this book (“Betrayed”) is about what happens next. Suddenly, Zoey’s mind is filled with the thoughts of guys, crushes, love and sexual attraction – and most importantly, how to deal with all of this, while figuring out where life leads you.
“Night can’t cloak your scarlet dream. Accept Desire’s call.”
We get to know Zoey and her group of friends. Each of them are funny and really supportive of their leader of the Dark Daughters. There are many characters and you can easily identify yourself with them. The characters are unique and each possesses something universal that you can see in your own group of friends. Everyone would wish for a solid group of friends like Zoey’s. She tries to change the ways of the “Dark Daughters” and adjust the rituals to being more humane (ironically, as she is being drawn further away from her human life).
There is always a dark element in the story. Humans begin to disappear and some are even killed, but who the big question is: who is killing them? It’s a question of evil vs. good and the fact that it’s not always possible to figure out if it’s all that simple. It usually isn’t!
“Remember, darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.”
As I feared there is a death of one of the characters. Of course, this influences the story, but in beautiful and thoughtful way. It sets the mind going how to deal with the loss of a friend, how to cope and finally start moving on. Step by step.
I decided that I like the “House of Night”-series. It’s easy to read, it has a nice atmosphere and as a reader, you are always excited to know more about the world, and what will happen to Zoey next. The book shows hope and Zoey gets aware of how powerful she eventually will be, which will be for the greater good. I’m definitely reading the next book!