House of Night is a series that has been with me for years. I started it in middle school, around the time I began reading YA. House of Night carries a special part of my heart because of its creative world building, high school drama, and relatable characters.
Earlier this year, I reread the series from Marked to Redeemed. Thus, it was easy for me to jump back into this unique world. For me, diving into Loved, Lost, and Forgotten was like catching up with an old friend I haven’t seen in months or years yet it feels like no time has passed.
Thank you for Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour for the newest installment of the House of Night universe! Check out my review below as well as some of my favorite quotes and a fan-made playlist.
Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
I received an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all.
In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Langford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work–and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power?
Meanwhile, Zoey is desperate to help rid the Other World of Neferet once and for all, and not knowing what’s going on over there is eating away at her. But, as the Nerd Herd warns, it’s far too dangerous to call on Old Magick time and again. As a distraction, she throws herself into her work and attempts to bring the humans and vampyres of Tulsa closer together with the first human-vampyre swim meet in history! It’s too bad that something always seems to go wrong whenever the stakes are high.
What happens when worlds clash and powers that should be left alone are awakened? Can Other Kevin and his world heal from the wounds Neferet continues to inflict? Can Old Magick ever truly be harnessed and used for good? Or will Darkness extinguish Light and leave our heroes broken, hopeless, and as forgotten as Kalona of the Silver Wings? Don’t miss this second to last volume in the House of Night Other World saga!
Trigger Warnings: (mention of) rape, (mention of) abuse, violence, grief, death, blood
Disclaimer: Minor spoilers for House of Night 1-12 and House of Night Other World 1-2.
Forgotten is a story of redemption, revenge, grief, new beginnings, second chances, and love, always love. With four interwoven arcs relevant to the overarching fight between Light and Darkness, Forgotten brings together the best of House of Night and the Other World.
When I started reading Forgotten, I was confused to find the focus of the story back on Kalona– or rather, Other Kalona. Kalona’s arc is one of my favorites in the series and I felt it ended perfectly. In Forgotten, however, P.C. Cast explores what would happen if Kalona of the Silver Wings did not fall. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint, nor do I want to spoil the surprise.
Meanwhile, back in modern day Other World, we pick up right after Other Neferet escaped Zoey and Other Kevin’s coup. We follow her on her journey to gain back control, except this time, Other Neferet is interested in immortality not just power. Other Neferet is interesting in a way that we did not see Neferet outside of Neferet’s Curse. In Forgotten, Cast lets us see the insecure part of Other Neferet, the scorned child, the lonely adult. Make no mistake about it, she murdered, blasphemed, manipulated, and terrorized thousands of people. She is evil. But Other Neferet is a fascinating villain because of how multi-dimensional she is. I especially enjoyed seeing Neferet interacting with a character I didn’t expect to make a comback. (Their scenes were some of my favorites!)
In the Other World. we pick up shortly after the death of Aphrodite, who once again gave her humanity to allow Red Vampyres in the Other Earth a second chance to choose Light. In the wake of the tragedy of the Bedlam football game on New Years eve, Other Kevin is helping High Priestess Anastasia at the Other House of Night. While Anastasia is focused on keeping a low profile on Zoey’s reappearance and helping the red vampyres adjust, Kevin is caught up in the loss of his love. Cast explores love, grief, and healing in a way that is both comforting as well as thought-provoking. While many people in the Other House of Night were thankful for a truce, there are less humane vampyres who want to keep on fighting. Seeing each character’s core shine through, even when their environment and situation was different, was at times disturbing. Other Dallas and Loren Blake is still as despicable as they were in Zoey’s world.
Back in the House of Night, Zoey’s friends are working on rebuilding the restaurant, starting a swimming team, and integrating the Other red Vampyres into society. This arc fell short compared to everything else going on in part because it was less dramatic. The majority of the story, as of now, is centered around Other Neferet. Thus, it makes sense that there is a lot less going on Zoey’s world. Frankly, the Nerd Herd deserves a vacation after all they have been through. Yet we know that won’t happen until the next book– hopefully!
In all, there is a lot to love about the House of Night (and Other World). The books are short enough to read easily. Yet they cover complex topics. It discusses diversity, sexuality, redemption, addiction, dysfunctional families, different types of love, morality, and so much more. With a fully fleshed out cast, two worlds, and an intricate magic system, this is a book you do not want to miss.
- What if Kalona of the Silver Wings had never Fallen?
- If something didn’t change soon, Kalona’s anger would, indeed, eventually destroy everything of Light within him, including his ability to love.
- Joy isn’t easy or inherent. It is a choice, and not always an easy one– not at first.
- I vow not to allow anger to win.
- My world will always succor you, strengthen you, and return you to yourself.
- You had to be open to his influence, which is not an easy thing for a warrior.
- She only allowed others to see what she wished them to see.
- I won’t be long, as I too have little patience.
- I am not his anything. I am my own person– controlled by my own will. Heartless or not, I will never belong to anyone except myself.
- [She] would always adapt–and more. She didn’t simply survive. [She] flourished.
- We court power.
- Something untamed as yet unnamed.
- If you allow it– if you open yourself to it– you will love again.
- There is no shame in showing your tears.
- Strength without honest emotion is toxic– to yourself, and eventually it makes you toxic to others.
- With the strength of a tidal wave… and the force of an explosion.
PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.
Kristin Cast is a #1 NY Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal.
When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her French Bulldogs (Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier), and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on handstands, gardening, and taking her new puppy (Baloo) to puppy classes.
Blackstone Publishing is kind enough to provide an awesome giveaway for this blog tour. Click here to enter to win (1) of (2) House of Night Other World bundles: a copy of Loved, Lost and Forgotten by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast and some swag (US Only). This giveaway starts October 23 and ends November 6.