Well, I have finally done it! I’ve managed to power through the end of the House of Night series and wow, it has been a struggle. When this series begun I really enjoyed it, but the combination of the writing going downhill and being dragged out, plus myself getting older and gaining more knowledge about writing and what makes a good story, on top of the YA genre making serious leaps and bound in the past few years, this series no longer stacks up for me. Still, after so long and committing to reading so many of the books I couldn’t abandon the series halfway and felt compelled to finish it, even though I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. So, here are my thoughts on the final novella and novel!
Overall Impression: A somewhat enjoyable novella that provides some interesting back story into how vampires came to be.
Kalona’s Fall is the final House of Night novella and tells the story of Kalona, who is a fallen immortal tempted by darkness (basically an angel but he is never referred to in this way) that aids Neferet the main antagonist in the House of Night series in her quest to rule over others and gain power.
The writing in this novella is bad – but that is no surprise, because all of the writing in the House of Night novels makes me want to grab a red marker pen and scribble like a mad woman, but in Kalona’s Fall the Casts’ tendency to show rather than tell actually worked in their favour. As the novella focuses on how the Goddess Nyx, Earth, and its creatures came to be, the telling aspect actually gave the story an oddly historical/biblical feel, and at times reminded me of the story of Adam and Eve because of the matter of fact way things came into being despite it seeming incomprehensible.
I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Kalona’s Fall, because despite the one-dimensional, uninteresting and just plain cringy characters it did fill in some interesting gaps in Kalona’s history and made me feel more for his character. It really does seem that his fate was sealed to darkness when he was created to be both ‘lover’ and ‘warrior’ to the Goddess Nyx, two incredibly turbulent emotions, while his almost identical brother was fashion as ‘playmate’ and ‘friend’. Add in a bit of jealousy and a tricksy fey, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster! Getting to learn how and why the vampires in the Casts’ world were created was also a satisfying addition, even though the way they came about wasn’t particularly exciting or innovative.
Overall, Kalona’s Fall was better than I thought it would be, but that’s still not saying much with this series!
Writing Style: 1/5 // Originality: 1/5 // Entertainment: 2/5 // Character Development: 2/5 Would I recommend this book? Only fans of the House of Night series.
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Overall Impression: A lackluster, anticlimactic ending to the series that was dragged out for far too long.
Where do I even begin with the final novel in this series? I was oh so disappointed with how the story ended, which I didn’t think was possible as I was already mentally preparing myself from a car crash and my expectations were already low! You’d think Redeemed would be full of action and reasonably fast paced, but it dragged more than all the other novels combined. The story begins with Zoey’s imprisonment, an excuse for her to show she still has a moral compass – albeit a wonky one, and for the authors to pad out the pages with yet another unneeded plot point.
Meanwhile half the book consisted of Neferet strutting around a hotel where she had imprisoned some humans, constantly talking to herself about how beautiful, powerful and amazing she was and how she’d take over the world. A good amount of the story was also taken up by a new character, one of the humans Neferet had imprisoned who was an opportunist, and decided to kiss up to Neferet to prevent being killed. I understand why the Casts’ did this as it gave the readers more insight into what was happening inside the hotel as Neferet’s POV was limited, but the character was so unlikable and bland (I can’t even remember her name!) that I huffed and rolled my eyes every time I got to one of her chapters. A weirdly large amount of the novel was also dedicated to cats for seemingly no reason whatsoever…
So yeah, Redeemed was a bit all over the place, and didn’t feel like the final novel in a series. The main characters were as annoying and shallow as ever, the writing was bad and the ending fell painfully flat because it didn’t feel any different to the other novels which had the same format – Neferet strutting around, the protagonists strutting around, followed by a confrontation. The only difference this time was that it really was the end. I almost half expected the Casts to jump out and say ‘just kidding! There’s another 20 books on the way!’ NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
To be honest, I think the only thing that could have saved this series was if EVERYONE DIED.
YEAH, I SAID IT.
Writing Style: 1/5 // Originality: 1/5 // Entertainment: 1/5 // Character Development: 1/5 Would I recommend this book? Only fans of the House of Night series.
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Overall, I wish I could say I received some sort of closure from finishing this series, but I didn’t. I just felt a huge wave of relief. The House of Night series was an ‘of its time’ kind of thing, and it has long surpassed that so I wouldn’t recommend anyone pick it up or bother to follow it through to the end. There’s one thing I can thank the Casts for though, they’ve finally given me enough resolve to give up on series I am really not enjoying anymore, rather than reading them for the sake of it! Never, ever, EVER AGAIN!
Do you give up on series you’re no enjoying? Was there a certain book, series, or event that helped you realise it was okay to do this?