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High school student Zoey Redbird lives in a world that has vampyres. She was marked by a vampire tracker by her school locker one day. When marked the person begins to change into a vampyre. If the marked person’s body rejects the change the person will usually die within a year.
Zoey’s parents try keep her at home and get a church to help her. Zoey visits her Cherokee grandmother who brings her to the House of Night four year boarding school for fledgling vampyres.
She is assigned a roommate and attends classes to learn how to become an adult vampire. They attend worship services to the goddess Nyx who instills them with strength and power. They practice getting used to drinking blood. They use a pentagram symbol during their services that is used in conjunction with the five elements – air, fire, earth, water and spirit.
Zoey has a nemesis called Aphrodite. Zoey becomes the high priestess of a student group called the Dark Daughters and Sons.
There is jealousy, rivalry, sex, competition for attention, and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships among the students. Zoey is able to make friends. There is an unsolved mystery at the end of this novel involving recently dead students.
According to Zoey’s adult vampyre adult mentor Neferet vampyres can choose to be humane. Vampyres are not stereotypically thought of as evil in this world although there can be good and bad in every group. Zoey is considered to be on the “good” side.
It is interesting to see how the students struggle to achieve the change into becoming vampryes and what will happen next.
I would recommend this series to teens 16 and older due to its mature nature.
Markedis the first in the House of Night series which include: 2. Betrayed (2007) 3.Chosen (2008) 4.Untamed (2008) 5. Hunted (2009) 6. Tempted (2009) 7. Burned (2010) 8. Awakened (2011) 9. Destined (2011) 10. Hidden (2012) 11. Revealed (2013) and Redeemed (2014).