Wednesday, October 8, 2008

“Untamed” by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.
Untamed is the fourth book in the House of Night series following Chosen [2008], Betrayed [2007] and Chosen [2007]. This YA urban fantasy series should only be read in sequence as each volume builds on the back story and events of the previous installments. As a result there is likely to be spoilers below if you have not read the earlier books.

Untamed is much more of a transitional story then the previous books. Zoey deals with the consequences and aftermath leftover from the last book and there are quite a few of them – Loren’s betrayal and death, the break up with Eric, the broken Imprint link with Heath, Aphrodite’s conversion to humanity, Stevie Rae’s undead rebirth as a red-marked vampire, and the loss of trust from her circle of friends.

New characters are also introduced including a new transfer student named Stark, with an amazing ability as an archer. He is fated to have profound impact on future events and Zoey’s inner circle. The arrival of the High Priestess of all the vampires at the House of Night thwarts some of Neferet’s plans and advances others. Could she be an ally?

Aphrodite continues to experience her visions despite being human proving she is still favoured by Nyx. A new vision warns of the emergence of a terrible evil with dire consequences not just for the House of Night and the vampires but for humanity as well. The source of evil is connected to Zoey’s native American heritage so her grandmother becomes entwined in the situation. The clock is ticking as Zoey and her friends seek to understand all of the ramifications of this new threat. Is Neferet involved and how are the red-marked vampires connected? How can they change the course of the vision and prevent a catastrophe?

All of these events culminate in an explosive ending that I would not have predicted, but will lead to an amazing next volume. The Cast’s it seems have decided to escalate life at the House of Night from minor action and intrigue to a major good versus evil conflict. A daring but welcome step. You won’t be disappointed with Untamed.

Read excerpt from Chapter One.

A new website has been created for the House of Night series with some interesting features. You can now make a photo of yourself with customized Vampire Marks.For example, what if Angelina Jolie was a vampire? Visit the website and make a vampire or fledgling of yourself.

Watch one of several book trailers featuring the principal characters created for Untamed.


  1. I went and got "Marked" and I marked Tigger too lol. Breeni Books is giving away extra entries into her contests if you do it. The picture I used wasn't my best though lol.

  2. Definitely a neat idea that will probably get a gadzillion hits. No one wants to see my ugly mug - hence Angelina.

  3. I really like reading all your reviews. I'm trying to read more scifi and fantasy books to get ideas for my own writing and notice the trends. When making a decision whether or not to read a book your reviews really help. Thanks!

    PS: I liked Untamed a lot. I was a little disspointed with Zoey's choices in Chosen, but Untamed brought back into her world and back on her side. I can't wait for the next book. It seems that the Casts like to set to take a book or two to set up the major conflicts. Which I don't mind, because in the end I know they won't dissapoint.

  4. Thanks for the kind words Grace. And good luck with the writing. I do believe the next House of Night book will surprise everyone.

  5. moongrl♥stark carsgrlJune 4, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    i have a question, the website wont let me get marked. and i want to realy bad.


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