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A vampire series written by the mother and daughter team of P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Main character Zoey Redbird is just an ordinary Native American girl, living in an extraordinary world where vampyres (as spelled in the series) are a fact of life, when she is Chosen and begins to Change into a vampyre herself. Once she starts the Change (a biological process that happens in certain people as they go through puberty) she begins attending vampyre academy The House Of Night, where she finds new friends, romance, and some typical high school situations... and gradually uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that threatens everything she values in her newfound life.

''The Fledgling Handbook 101'' (an in-universe textbook mentioned frequently within the series) was published on the 26th of October 2010. Prequels about various characters have also been released.

The twelfth book ''Redeemed'' was released on October 14th, 2014, thus ending the series.


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# ''Marked''
# ''Betrayed''
# ''Chosen''
# ''Untamed''
# ''Hunted''
# ''Tempted''
# ''Burned''
# ''Awakened''
# ''Destined''
# ''Hidden''
# ''Revealed''
# ''Redeemed''

As of 2017, P.C. and Kristin Cast have announced a new novel set in the House of Night universe. Whether this is a new spinoff series or a direct continuation of the main series is yet to be seen.

* ''Loved''

!!The House of Night contains examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] to a degree. They're tunnels left over from Prohibition. Still a little too roomy, though.
* AbusiveParents: Aphrodite's parents are manipulative and emotionally distant, and only care about her when she gives them some kind of political power.
** In Neferet's Curse, Emily Wheiler, [[spoiler: who later becomes Neferet]] suffers sexual abuse at the hands of her own father.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Professor Lankford, Lenobia, and Neferet have their own prequel novellas. Kalona is slated to have one as well.
* AliensInCardiff: While vampyres exist all over the world, most of the action takes place in a House of Night in... Tulsa, Oklahoma. A comment by Aphrodite's parents, in ''Betrayed'', claims that, to them, going to the school in Tulsa was more notable and prestigious than going to a "no-name House of Night" in Europe. In fact, [[spoiler:Neferet's backstory in ''Redeemed'' details her rise to power in Tulsa and the existence of Old Magick there]].
* AllGhoulsSchool: The House Of Night teaches its "vampyres" how to behave in society.
* ALoadOfBull: In ''Burned'', an ancient mythos of Darkness and Light being represented by telepathic bulls is introduced.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * AllGirlsWantBadBoys: James Stark, what with his namesake being the main character of ''Film/RebelWithoutACause''. He is idealized by his fans.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * AllWitchesHaveCats: (if you think the vampires are more like witches.)
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** Given that the rituals the vampyres perform when worshipping their goddess Nyx are almost exactly like rituals used by Wiccans (with some good ol' "Hollywood" magic effects thrown in for good measure), they are very much like witches.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * AlphaBitch: Aphrodite, until Zoey arrives. Later develops into LovableAlphaBitch.
* AnalogyBackfire: In ''Betrayed'', when Zoey meets with her boyfriend Erik after he returns from a trip, he greets her as his "Desdemona". Aphrodite quickly comments that if she's his Desdemona, she'd better not cheat on him or he'll strangle her at night. [[spoiler:Given that Zoey was seeing her human boyfriend on the side while flirting with a teacher and that like Othello and Desdemona, Erik and Zoey are in an interracial relationship...]]
%% * AntiHero: [[spoiler:Kalona, as of later books]].
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Kalona was bound thousands of years ago by a group of Cherokee wise-women -- in Oklahoma. Thousands of years ago, the Cherokee lived in ''Florida''. They're only in Oklahoma because they were forced to move.
* AuraVision: Shaylin, one of the new Fledglings, is able to see people's auras and tell when they're lying, among other things.
* AuthorFilibuster: Every time someone is mentioned as using pot in the series the plot gets temporarily derailed so Zoey and her friends can rant about how [[DrugsAreBad doing pot is so uncool and stupid]]. In ''Betrayed'', we find out that Neferet specifically chooses students to feed to the red-eyed vampires just because Zoey ratted them out to her as having used pot. When the police confront Zoey about the deaths, Neferet tries to blame it all on the victims falling in the river after being high, which sounds uncomfortably like "they were asking to die a brutal death!" And while Neferet is the bad guy, Zoey in no way ever contradicts or debates that argument, and since younger generations tend to have a more liberal attitude about pot (with most thinking that while it may not be good, you can do worse things to yourself) it comes off as even more dissonant.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Aphrodite. Justified because when fledgling vampyres enter the school, they are allowed to change their names and are legally emancipated from their parents. Being incredibly self-centred and vain, she chose the name of the goddess of love.
%% * [[BacktoBackBadasses Back-to-Back Badasses]]: Kalona and Rephaim in ''Awakened''.
%% * TheBait: Rephaim was this for Stevie Rae in ''Tempted'', but it was more a case of GotVolunteered.
* BeautifulAllAlong: ''Burned'' reveals [[spoiler:that if Rephaim were to choose good and become human, he would look "hotter than an Oklahoma blacktop in the middle of the summer." Just how attractive he could be is the only thing Aphrodite and Stevie Rae can agree on]].
* TheBeautifulElite: Vampyres are all gorgeous and talented -- it's mentioned that most important historical figures like Shakespeare are vampyres, and so are most movie stars and pop singers.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
** When Stevie Rae [[spoiler:died and then un-died]], she was repulsive and smelt really bad. When the ritual [[spoiler:to give her and the other Red Fledglings their humanity back]] was complete, they were all pretty again.
** Also, the [[spoiler:Bull of Light, which is black]] is described as "deep, mysterious and beautiful to behold," compared to the [[spoiler:Bull of Darkness, which is white]] and is described as "a nightmare come alive."
** Elliot is probably the only fledgling in the entire series who is not super gorgeous, being described as fat, pasty, freckled with nappy carrot red hair. He's also supposedly annoying, lazy, and stupid, and in his first appearance a teacher berates him for not being special and unique like every other male vampire, and this is never shown as a problem. [[spoiler:When he starts coughing in class, a sign that everyone knows to mean death is imminent for a fledgling, all Zoey can think of is how he's being annoying and should ugh, just get a cough drop already! When he finally does die, all Zoey can say about him is that it's not sad that he died, it's sad that no one liked him. In his subsequent appearances as a Red Fledgling, Zoey doesn't even refer to him as a person like she does the others, instead referring to him as "That horrid Elliot creature."]]
** Any old person of significance that is on the side of good, like Grandma Redbird or Mary Angela, are strangely bereft of wrinkles for people their age.
** Kalona is stated to be a serial rapist demon god who will supposedly destroy the world, but Zoey thinks he can change. Why? Because he's the most beautiful guy ever. In ''Destined'', [[spoiler:Kalona pulls a HeelFaceTurn]].
** The Raven Mockers are half human, half raven monstrosities, but [[spoiler:Rephaim, when he falls in love with Stevie Rae and becomes good, it’s revealed he can become an extremely hot human if he wants]].
** The cats aren't even immune. Of course Zoey's cat Nala is cute and Likable, while Aphrodite's cat is horrible and mean, and the only cat described as being ugly in the books. She's named [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] if it isn't obvious already that she's horrible.
** Zoey's stepdad, a Straw Fundamentalist religious fanatic is described as having thinning hair, Chicken legs and horrible fashion sense. He's portrayed as a cartoonishly closed minded bigot who berates anyone for the smallest of differences, cheats on his wife, and drinks beer even though he says he doesn't. Other women in the Peoples of Faith, the stereotypical religious fanatic group he's an elder for, are described as fat, balding and beady eyed with pedophile husbands.
** Also worth noting that while there ''are'' characters who are both beautiful and evil (Aphrodite, before her HeelFaceTurn, and [[spoiler: Neferet and Erin]]), they're consistently slut-shamed for ''everything''.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis:
** [[spoiler:Stevie Rae]] became a more aggressive, impulsive, and slightly misanthropic [[spoiler:undead]] after being TheCutie for most of the series. Unlike most of the initially heroic examples, it however contributed to improve her character, after she healed from her new aggressive nature, and to make her an independent, always heroic and more self-controlled person.
** Probably an unintentional example, but [[spoiler:Erik Night]] went all the way from a confident, open-minded and self-sacrificing young man who is asked out by his slightly possessive ex-girlfriend to a self-centred, I-mostly-don't-care-about-the-good-versus-evil-thing, self-doubting and possessive boyfriend who doesn't want to try to understand his newer girlfriend and shows off his newest girlfriend, the EvilTwin of the first girlfriend who TookALevelInKindness and treats the heroine well, understanding the problems his being possessive can cause. This is treated as an example of [[AWolfInSheepsClothing Jerkass All Along]].
** It is difficult to say whether [[spoiler:Neferet]]'s warm, easy to trust, and maternal nature has changed since she became a priestess, or if it was a mask since more long ago. She is revealed in tome 2 as a ruthless and manipulative figure towards Aphrodite and Zoey. On a similar way, a BigBad's reputation underwent this, to the great surprise of Zoey and her friends. It is never revealed whether he actually was a case of this.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Vampyre variant. A lot of historical figures as well as current famous people are said to be vampyres, including Shakespeare and Cleopatra, just to name a few.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Lenobia's Vow''. Religious characters are [[BlackAndWhiteMorality either good or evil]], but none of them are stupid. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Lenobia and Sister Madeleine talk about their morning routines.
-->"Sister, for several weeks I have been leaving our quarters before dawn and returning before most of the ship awakens."\\
"Yes, child. I know."\\
"Oh. I thought you were praying."\\
"Lenobia, I believe you will discover that many of my good sisters and I are able to think and pray at the same time."
* BestialityIsDepraved: [[spoiler:Neferet's consort is the Bull of Darkness]].
* BetterThanSex: Drinking blood from a human or other vampyre that one is imprinted with is described as being better than sex.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** In ''Marked'', Stevie Rae [[spoiler:volunteers to be “the refrigerator” for Aphrodite’s ritual so that she can then pass on the location of the ritual to Damien and the Twins, so that when everything goes pear-shaped all four of them could step up and help Zoey save the day]].
** At the end of ''Hunted'', [[spoiler:just as Zoey and half her friends have just escaped from the House of Night, with Raven Mockers, Kalona, and Neferet closing in fast, with barely enough time to get a ritual circle in place, the other half of Zoey's friends show up and, by ThePowerOfLove, defeat the bad guys]].
** When Neferet tries to mind control Stark, he [[spoiler:decides to TakeAThirdOption and ends up almost killing himself rather than hurting Zoey]].
%% * BigDamnVillains: Being a FallenHero, Kalona has his moments, most notably in ''Awakened'' and ''Destined''.
* BlackBestFriend: Shaunee is the only black main character, and her main character trait is being best friends with Erin. Later, Kramisha fulfills this roll for Stevie Rae--she's a sassy sounding board for boy problems, a cleanup crew, and a prophecy dispenser.
* BloodFromTheMouth: If a fledgling vampyre is rejecting the Change, they will start coughing up blood, then they will die.
%% * BoardingSchool
%% * BreakfastClub
%% * BreakTheCutie: Stevie Rae all the way.
* BreakTheHaughty: Aphrodite. She's kicked out of the Dark Daughters in a public, humiliating way and loses all her friends; gets told Nyx hates her and her (excruciating) visions are false by an authority figure she looks up to; gets disowned by her parents; and finally [[spoiler: has her vampirism taken away, but not her awful visions]]. Also [[spoiler:Rephaim]].
* BrokenBird: Rephaim is a male example. For starters, he's a ChildByRape and never knew his mother due to DeathByChildbirth. Destined to be OverlordJr or possibly redeemed by love?
%% * BrokenPedestal: For both Zoey and Aphrodite with regards to [[spoiler: Neferet]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:This [[BreakTheHaughty happens to Aphrodite]], and as of ''Revealed'' she has ''not'' gotten her vampyrism back. She still kept the visions, though, which was the one thing she would have happily gotten rid of.]]
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Jack's death in ''Awakened'' is used only as a tool to get Zoe off the Isle of Skye.]]
%% * TheBusCameBack: For [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Erik Night]] and Thanatos.
* CantArgueWithElves: The series provides us with a serious in-universe example. Vampyre society is considered- both in-universe and by the authors- to be [[MarysueTopia completely perfect]]. The narrative ''explicitly states'' that vampyres are smarter, hotter, stronger, and more creative than humanity. The only good humans in the story all assist vampyres in some way. Any humans who don't like vampyres are invariably hateful, murderous people who are [[YoureJustJealous hopelessly envious]] of the vampyres' perfection and probably serving evil.
* CartwrightCurse: The books seem to be heading in this direction. Out of Zoey's 4 lovers, [[spoiler:two have died and one ended up turning on her. The remaining relationship ain't lookin' so hot either, as of ''Revealed'']].
%% * TheCasanova: Kalona's on the "Monster" end of the spectrum.
* CatsAreMean: Averted. Cats are friends and allies to the Changing vampyres. They roam the House of Night freely and main character Zoey's cat Nala is a source of comfort and aid to her.
* CharacterShilling: Taken UpToEleven with Zoey Redbird. Nyx chose her because she is supposedly wise beyond her years, is a fount of empathy and compassion, and is well versed in both the old ways and the modern world. She has an instant fanclub of people that serve mainly to ooh and ahh over how wonderful she is, men fall at her feet in droves because of how beautiful and awesome she supposedly is, and she gets new tattoos and praise for her bravery from Nyx anytime she takes care of whatever problem is plaguing her that particular book. Actually reading the book shows us that she's a stupid, shallow, judgmental, hypocrite that doesn't do much of anything except bemoan her boyfriend problems until the authors decide that something needs to happen so the book can end.
* TheChosenOne:
** Zoey, who is already on the fast track to High Priestessdom.
** Possibly Stevie Rae as well, in a different way.
%% * CliffHanger: We get these at the end of ''Tempted'' and ''Burned''.
* ComesGreatResponsibility:
** Said verbatim to Zoey by her grandmother in ''Marked.''
** Stevie Rae doesn't use her powers to "rule the world or anything crazy like that", because of this trope. Stevie Rae also reads comic books.
* ComicBookTime: The first book is implied to take place in 2007, by Zoey's mention of having gone to see ''300'' with her friends. Each book takes place over at most about 2 weeks, which would place the most recent book in 2008 at the latest. However, the books often mention pop culture popular at the time the book was published, such as ''Series/GameOfThrones'' in ''Destined''.
* CoolOldLady:
** Grandma Redbird, who is Zoey's most supportive family member.
** Sister Mary Angela, a Benedictine nun who becomes friends with Zoey and helps her and friends after they have to flee the House of Night.
%% * CountryMouse: Stevie Rae.
* CoversAlwaysLie: A textual example: the blurb of ''Lenobia's Vow'' implies that the character Cecile [[LateArrivalSpoiler will not die on the first page]].
* CreatorProvincialism: Most of the series takes place in Tulsa, which is where the authors live. This becomes a bit silly when it's implied in one book that of all the House of Nights all around the world, including various famous historic sites in Europe, Aphrodite's socially-conscious ladder-climbing parents consider it far more prestigious for her to attend the House of Night in Tulsa.
%% * CreepyCrows
%% * CrypticConversation: All immortals (Nyx, Kalona, Erebus, and, to a degree, Rephaim) are prone to a mixture of this plus FromACertainPointOfView.
* TheDarkArts: Using the power of any element/force of nature or an ancient immortal, whether it's for Darkness or Light, is PowerAtAPrice. It's played straight with Neferet but [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with Rephaim, who has only been shown thus far to use his Dark powers in a good way.
%% * DeadpanSnarker: Aphrodite and Rephaim.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: An extreme and rather myopic example. [[spoiler:Dragon Lankford]] has to make up for not forgiving the man who ''murdered his wife'' after less than a week by dying to save him.
* DerailingLoveInterests:
** Erik from is pretty much the perfect boyfriend to Zoey for the first three books. Then he suddenly turns out to be a possessive jerk in later books, thus justifying Zoey's displays of interest in other boys. Though considering that Zoey wasn't exactly a faithful girlfriend to him, his new attitude toward her might be somewhat justified. In addition, he exhibited a surprisingly cold, condescending, and sometimes insulting behavior towards his ex-girlfriend Aphrodite, which everyone overlooked, because they saw her as a borderline DirtyCoward AlphaBitch with SkewedPriorities (instead of TheWoobie ManipulativeBastard BrokenBird being a practitioner of BrutalHonesty).
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Heath, he starts a drunk-jock-ex-boyfriend in ''Marked'' who looks in danger of being written off for good a number of times. He stays in the story almost completely by one virtue: the fact that he's taking advantage of Zoey's low self control over her new bloodlust to essentially roofie-rape her every time she sees him by cutting himself and triggering her compulsion to drink: an action that's both intensely arousing, energizing, and creates a mystical bond between them against her control. Then of course she realizes he's her soul-mate (one of them anyway) after he almost gets himself killed trying to win her back again, and all that is swept under the rug. He is then [[spoiler:killed off]] in ''Tempted'', but then [[spoiler:is reincarnated by Nyx to be Neferet's Vessel, named Aurox.]] However, [[spoiler:Aurox retains some of his free will and is eventually able to choose the side of Light, thanks to his soul connection with Zoey]], so we don't know what to expect.
* DetectEvil: Apparently it's a lot harder to do unless you're familiar with it. For example, Zoey, Aphrodite, Stevie Rae, the Red Fledglings and Rephaim can all sense it easily, which is the reason why the BigBad can fool everyone but make the heroes look like idiots.
* DeusExMachina:
** Literally. [[spoiler:When Kalona kills Stark in Nyx's realm, the Goddess Nyx shows up and forces Kalona to bring him back to life]].
** Happens again, in ''Awakened'' [[spoiler:with Nyx appearing at Jack's funeral to comfort Jack's boyfriend Damien, and to help the Raven Mocker Rephaim get over his demonic nature (by turning him into a boy at night) so he can truly love Stevie Rae]].
* DisappearedDad: Zoey's biological father left when she was two years old.
* DontAnswerThat: A variant is done in ''Betrayed'', when two police officers interview Zoey about the deaths and disappearances of several boys she knew from her human high school. Neferet sits in on the interrogation and continuously interrupts by insisting that Zoey not answer the questions. Given that Neferet was in no way acting as Zoey's legal advisor, was not a parent or guardian, and in fact informed the officers that all vampire students are legally emancipated ([[FridgeLogic somehow]]), one wonders why the officers put up with her constant interruptions at all.
* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Despite the fact that Kalona radiates Darkness, females of all ages are still pretty keen on him. Even when the fact that he has raped women before is mentioned, it is conveniently ignored. Probably helps that Kalona has a BrainwashedAndCrazy effect on people.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: In ''Marked'', Zoey accidentally comes upon Erik and Aphrodite in the hallway. Erik is very uncomfortable and repeatedly says he does not want Aphrodite to give him a blow job, while Aphrodite insists that he does in fact want her and then slashes his thigh and drinks from it--a very sexual act for vampires. However, not once is this ever even thought of as sexual assault--Zoey's problem with Aphrodite isn't that she's ignoring Erik's wishes, it's that giving blowjobs is "skanky" and "letting a guy use you".
* DoubleStandardRapeSciFi:
** It's established that it's immensely pleasurable for both parties when a vampire drinks a human's blood. Early on, Zoey accidentally drinks Heath's blood, establishing a spiritual bond between them. There are several ensuing cases where Heath demands that Zoey drink his blood, even though she repeatedly tells him that she hates doing it and is disgusted by the fact that she finds blood tasty. Heath's arguments come across as very disturbing (for example, telling Zoey she really ''does'' want to do it and thus should), and he always wears down Zoey's will by cutting himself and letting her be intoxicated by the smell of his blood. These interactions are treated by Zoey as inconveniences, even though they are disturbingly similar to date rape via drugging. It also goes both ways, since Heath clearly is addicted to the pleasure of having her drink his blood, and continues to cut himself to get her to do so. The text does try to specify the difference between Zoey and Heath's relationship and the undead vampires forcibly drinking his blood later (which he describes as creepy and not like her drinking from him at all), but those situations still come across as pretty unsettling.
** This comes across in quite a few backstory relationships between humans and vampires, since the bite of a vampire tends to have a drug-like effect on humans, making it questionable exactly how consensual their long-term relationships with vampires are. For example, in ''Betrayed'' and ''Chosen'', it's mentioned in passing that Bram Stoker became obsessed with a female vampire after she drank his blood, and went insane when she left him to devote herself to her work as High Priestess, writing ''Dracula'' in revenge. Zoey's mother, upon hearing this, comments that the whole thing sounds horrible, while Zoey yells at her for being intolerant of what apparently was treated as a perfectly healthy romance.
** Zigzagged when Stark mind-controls a fledgling and then almost rapes her. Zoey and her friends immediately condemn this as sexual assault, but as soon as Zoey decides she can redeem Stark, she walks it back to mild euphemisms like "extracurricular biting" and "not so nice past".
* DreamWithinADream: In ''Tempted'', Zoey is shown a vision of Kalona's past in a dream.
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: When the BigBad decides to take over the Vampyre High Council, she changes her colourful wardrobe for skin-tight revealing black dresses. It's also a case of SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains, and she has FemmeFatalons to complete the look.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Erin]], as of three seconds into ''Revealed''. Her death comes out of nowhere and she is barely mentioned again after her funeral, despite being a main character for ten books.
* EasilyForgiven:
** In ''Hunted'', Zoey comes across Stark forcing a girl to have sex with him. She is outraged by this and intervenes. Immediately after, Zoey lets him ''kiss her'', and a scene later, lets him sleep in her bed, next to her, because Stark says that being with her 'makes [him] feel more human'.
** In ''Lenobia's Vow'', Martin forgives Lenobia for lying about her identity (and impersonating a dead girl) after they have a two-page conversation about it. This could be a JustifiedTrope, as the two ''have'' only known each other for a few weeks...except for the part where Lenobia confesses her love to him immediately after, Martin does the same, and they go on to be a lovey-dovey couple. The fact that she has been lying to him since they met apparently doesn't affect their relationship at all.
* EasyAmnesia: The epitome of this trope occurs in ''Betrayed'', when [[spoiler:Neferet erases Zoey's memories and then she gets them back in the ''same chapter,'' after about only a page's worth of effort]].
%% * EldritchAbomination: The White Bull of Darkness.
* ElementalPowers: Zoey's Goddess-given gift is to have ''all'' of the five elemental powers, and her friends have one power apiece.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: [[spoiler:Aphrodite has received multiple visions of this if Zoey doesn't step up to plate and prevent Kalona and Neferet from achieving power]].
* EnemyMine: Aphrodite and Zoey start out with an ArchEnemy relationship, which ends up morphing when the two of them need each other and have a common enemy. Zoey and Aphrodite frequently have JerkassHasAPoint moments.
* EnemyWithin: Usually involves Red Vampyres and Red Fledglings on how having dark feelings doesn't make you a monster; acting out on them does.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [[CoolTeacher Lenobia's]] introduction. She rides in elegantly on a horse, bluntly tells her new students that half of them won't last the semester, and warns them not to slack off ("Horses are not big dogs. Nor are they a little girl's dream image of a perfect best friend who will always stand beside you. Horses are work."). But she also allows her students to ask questions, mentions that she chose her name as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenobia a historical reference]], and has a friendly chat with [[TheHero Zoey]] after class. Three pages, and we know that Lenobia is confident, stern but fair, and very knowledgeable.
%% * EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Neferet]].
* EvilIsPetty: In ''Marked'', Aphrodite's various crimes, which convince Zoey she has to be "taken down" for, include having oral sex with her boyfriend in the hallway (granted the boyfriend clearly was trying to get her away from him, but the fact that she was trying to have unconsentual sex was glossed over in favor of the fact to having oral sex at all is skanky and degrading), generally being self-centered and catty, tricking Zoey into drinking wine with Fledgling blood in it via lying by omission, and not showing concern after having seizure-like visions of disasters.
%% * EvilMakesYouUgly: This seems to be the case with the Rogue Red Fledglings.
%% * EvilMentor: [[spoiler:Neferet]].
* EvilRedhead:
** Elliot from ''Marked'' is a pretty big asshole and later he becomes an undead Fledgling.
%% ** [[spoiler:Neferet]]
%% * EvilSmellsBad
* ExtraNormalInstitute: The House Of Night is a school where vampyres learn how to behave in society. It also helps students deal with the Change- in this particular mythology, vampyres are not made by biting but as the result of a biochemical change, which, once it has started, either leads to becoming a full-fledged vampyre or dying.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The series is a pretty big offender. While there are pretty big jumps in time between the books, the novels themselves take place over four or five days each, roughly.
%% * EyesOfGold: Kalona and, as of ''Burned'', [[spoiler: Rephaim]].
%% * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Neferet and Dallas. Also Erin, as of ''Hidden''.]]
* FaintingSeer: Aphrodite's visions leave her extremely faint and jittery. She becomes a CassandraTruth when she falls from Neferet's good graces.
%% * TheFashionista: Shaunee, Erin and Aphrodite.
* FateWorseThanDeath: "What Darkness can take take from someone who walks with Light can change your soul." Darkness has the power to break a soul and rip out the Humanity from it, and it's so bad that both [[spoiler:Stevie Rae and Stark]] asked Zoey to kill them, preferring to die rather then continue to live as they were.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: ''Betrayed'' reveals that [[spoiler:Neferet- the protagonist's kind, wise mentor-figure]] is actually the BigBad and a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]. It is very difficult to describe the main story arc without revealing this. Which is a pity, as the relevant [[TheReveal reveal]] was enjoyably unexpected.
* FiveTokenBand: The series has Damien and later Jack, two gay boys who quickly become a TokenMinorityCouple, Shaunee, a black girl, her white mental "twin", Erin, and Stevie Rae, a country girl from the middle of nowhere with an Oklahoma accent. Add in Zoey, the main character of [[MagicalNativeAmerican Cherokee descent]], and you definitely have one of these forming.
* {{Flanderization}}: Zoey Redbird went from a somewhat more advanced vampyre who happened to have a boyfriend in ''Marked'' to TheChosenOne with an UnwantedHarem by ''Betrayed''.
* FlatCharacter: The books have been criticized having horribly one-note characters--Damien's main character trait is "effeminate gay man", Shaunee and Erin are "best friends", Stevie Rae is "country", etc. Interestingly enough, most of them seem to be getting phased out by the later books, while Stevie Rae eventually gets her own plotline.
%% * FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Neferet]] in [[spoiler:her]] prequel novella.
* GayBestFriend: Damien in the early books. After Jack, who is annoyingly stereotyped, arrives the two of them share this role.
* {{Gayngst}}: Damien has a bit of this. His father didn't react at all well to him being gay. What's strange is that at first he seems to be the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent only gay vampyre]], aside from a couple of [[LesbianVampire lesbians]].
* {{God}}(dess): Nyx makes frequent appearances, usually to give the reminder that DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood.
* GodGuise: Kalona and [[spoiler:Neferet's]] EvilPlan is to convince the vampyre high council that they are the incarnations of Erebus and Nyx, respectively.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: In ''Chosen'', Zoey spends her time balancing her human boyfriend Heath, her vampire boyfriend Erik, and [[{{squick}} the twenty five-year-old teacher]] Loren Blake. WordOfGod is that it's not a good thing that Zoey hid her relationship with Blake from everyone (Erik does know about her being with Heath and is not happy about it).
* GoshDangItToHeck: Zoey doesn't swear. She says words like "bullpoopie." Given that she's the narrator, this results in many unintentionally amusing SophisticatedAsHell moments. Interestingly this is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] in a way, since she has no problem using the words "slut" and "hell".
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Damien is kind of like this, until he gets a boyfriend (so there at least is an excuse to mention that he is gay).
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: When [[spoiler: Stevie Rae Imprints on Aphrodite after she has to drink her blood to survive]], she will ''not'' stop talking about how she's definitely not gay, she's only into guys, there are zero sexual feelings involved, etc.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: In ''Marked'', when Zoey gets the [[PowerTattoo Mark]] of a vampyre, all she knows is that vampyres often disappear. She then discovers that there is a school for them (the titular "House of Night") and that many celebrities are vampyres. Being a vampyre is treated similar to being gay in this universe. Because of this, her [[TheFundamentalist strict Christian]] stepfather disowns her. Vampyres also have to cover up their Mark in public to avoid being harassed.
%% * HearingVoices: With Neferet, as of the audiobook chapters available of ''Awakened'', it appears to be a combination of Types 1 and 2.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Kalona]], when he realises that BeingEvilSucks.
%% * HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Zoey at the end of ''Tempted''. She gets better.]]
%% * HighSchoolSweethearts: Zoey and Heath.
* HolierThanThou:
** A recurring theme is that any male character who ''doesn't'' worship Nyx is inevitably a misogynistic, bible-toting hypocrite. In particular, the BigBad of ''Lenobia's Vow'' is a Catholic bishop who believes his status makes it okay for him to rape and kidnap a bastard girl (and to use his pyrokinetic abilities to incinerate anyone who objects).
** Female characters usually subvert this trope, being compassionate and even-handed toward other faiths.
%% * HormoneAddledTeenager: Zoey could be the poster girl for this. The BigBad is even GenreSavvy enough to use this against Zoey.
%% * HorrorHunger: Red Fledglings occasionally suffer from this.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: The authors tend to favour the BreakTheHaughty method:
** Aphrodite went from being the most popular fledgling, High Priestess-in-training, and dating the hottest guy at the House of Night to being friendless, completely powerless, and spending her meal times sitting out in the courtyard eating alone.
** Rephaim - "The favourite son of an ancient immortal reduced to hiding in refuse and talking to the ghost of a human child."
%% ** This also applies to Kalona, considering his backstory.
* HumanSacrifice: Two in ''Awakened'', [[spoiler:Jack(!) and Zoey's mother Linda (very nearly Zoey's grandma!), both sacrificed to Darkness by Neferet]].
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: All vampyres seem to have a rather dim view of humanity in general. In the first two books, Neferet tells Zoey that humans are violent and hateful and should be shunned by vampyres on principle. While [[spoiler:Neferet does turn out to be evil and have her own reasons to be bitter towards humans]], her backstory novella has her own mentor telling her that vampyres are all far superior to humans in terms of art, culture, and intelligence. Zoey gets on board with this pretty quickly, berating humans for hating vampyre celebrities simply for being jealous of them. Tellingly, the only humans portrayed as good are [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality the ones who agree that vampyres are the best things ever and inexplicably believe in Nyx as well]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: Zoey is juggling three-to-four boys for the first half of the series, yet she calls Aphrodite out for being "slutty."
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All twelve books of the series are past tense verbs, and the titles of the third and third-last books don't end in "-ed":
* ''Marked''
* ''Betrayed''
* ''Chosen''
* ''Untamed''
* ''Hunted''
* ''Tempted''
* ''Burned''
* ''Awakened''
* ''Destined''
* ''Hidden''
* ''Revealed''
* ''Redeemed''
%% * IJustWantToBeNormal: Zoey ''at all times''.
%% * ISeeDeadPeople: One of Thanatos' and Rephaim's abilities.
* IWasBornReady: This seemed to be the Twins' catch phrase.
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Heath's last words to Zoey before he leaves the Otherworld to be re-born]]. One of the biggest [[TearJerker Tear Jerkers]] in the series. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Awakened'', he does come back to find her... albeit as a Vessel. Heath no longer exists, but he possesses the memories to protect her]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Once a fledgling vampyre starts coughing, this means they are rejecting the change and will die. BloodFromTheMouth often occurs as well.
* InstantExpert: Zoey Redbird has super-special ElementalPowers that she doesn't even need to practice to use without breaking a sweat. All she needs to do is to wait until her goddess-given sixth sense tells her exactly what she needs to do, and she can turn invisible, fly over walls, blow opponents off their feet, hurl fireballs, regain the memories the BigBad wiped from her mind, restore the humanity of bloodthirsty vampyres, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands and much more]] without any beforehand practice whatsoever.
* {{Introdump}}: After ''Betrayed'', this happens in every book. Usually with the same stock descriptors, such as describing Jack and Damien as gay, describing Erin and Shaunee being exactly alike except for their race, describing Zoey's best friend Stevie Rae, and in later books, describing Aphrodite.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: At the end of ''Awakened'', [[spoiler:Rephaim is given a human form by Nyx, but he must become a raven again during the day]].
* ItHasOnlyJustBegun: Nyx says some variation of this in almost every book.
%% * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Aphrodite.
* KeepingSecretsSucks: A big theme in the series. Zoey almost loses all of her friends and almost dies because she didn't tell her friends that she [[spoiler:1) knew that Stevie Rae was really alive, and 2) was secretly involved with a professor]]. Stevie Rae also has problems with this when she does not tell anyone about [[spoiler:her relationship with Rephaim]]. Also see NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Erin]] in the ''Hidden'' epilogue, this is confirmed in ''Revealed''.
* KissOfTheVampire: Vampyre bites are extremely pleasurable to both the 'victim' and the vampyre inflicting the bite. Applies to both kinds of vampyres, even if the vampyre and the human are of the same gender.
* LadyAndKnight: The series adores this trope[[note]] Vampyre society is traditionally matriarchal; females have a stronger connection to the gods and are more likely to manifest magical abilities. Males are something like foot soldiers- trained in combat and referred to as 'protector' but rarely ever placed in positions of command.[[/note]]. Nearly all LoveConfession[=s,=] if requited, are followed by the man swearing eternal love and fealty to the woman.
** Particular examples include [[TheChosenOne Zoey]] and [[FaceHeelTurn Stark]] and [[LovableAlphaBitch Aphrodite]] and [[DefectorFromDecadence Darius]].
** [[OfficialCouple Dragon and Anastasia]] became this after Dragon had gone through some CharacterDevelopment. (Anastasia, being a MartialPacifist, would not accept [[BloodKnight Dragon]] as her Knight unless he agreed to become TheFettered. He did, and a MoralityChain was born.)
* LightIsNotGood: One of the books actually has the line "Remember, darkness doesn't always equal evil just as light doesn't always equal good." And later in the book ''Burned'' there are two bulls and the white one is evil and the black one is good, [[spoiler:meaning it's bad when Stevie Rae accidentally summons the white bull thinking it's the good one]].
* LoveHurts:
** Zoey ends up falling for three guys simultaneously (ish). It ends badly when [[spoiler:she thinks her own-age vampyre boyfriend Erik is dead, flees to the hot-but-older Loren for comfort, and ends up losing her virginity to him. Proving that Creator/JossWhedon is not the only one who can be incredibly cruel to his characters, the following things happen in quick succession: it breaks her bond with her human boyfriend Heath, Erik walks in on her and Loren Kissing, and it turns out Loren was in cahoots with the villainess and only using Zoey. And then Loren is brutally murdered]]. Ouch. Poor Zoey. And it gets worse for her: the guy she displays a brief romantic interest in in the fourth book promptly [[spoiler:dies, only to be resurrected as a bizarre zombie-vamp hybird controlled by her archnemisis]]. Zoey has a bit of a CartwrightCurse, it seems...
** At the end of ''Burned'' between Stevie Rae and her consort [[spoiler:Rephaim. The returning of Zoey's and Kalona's souls to their respective bodies serves to keep the two apart]].
%% * LoveMakesYouCrazy: Dallas. He goes off the deep end when [[spoiler:he finds out about Stevie Rae and Rephaim's deepening relationship]].
* LoveRedeems: Stark and Zoey's relationship is entirely built on this. Initially, after he becomes a Red Fledgling he works for the BigBad, but after he falls for Zoey, he believes her when she tells him he can choose to be good and pledges to be her warrior.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Sylvia and Zoey Redbird, who are Cherokee. Much mention is made of how their Cherokee blood makes them closer to nature and more mystically inclined, and Zoey uses smudging rituals when she casts circles.
%% * ManInAKilt:
%% ** In ''Burned'', Seoras shows us how it's really done.
%% ** Stark has also taken to wearing one all the time.
* MarySuetopia: A serious in-universe example. Vampyre society is considered- both in-universe and by the authors- to be completely perfect. The narrative ''explicitly states'' that vampyres are smarter, stronger, and more creative than humanity. The only good humans in the story all assist vampyres in some way. Any humans who don't like vampyres are invariably hateful, murderous people who are [[YoureJustJealous hopelessly envious]] of the vampyres' perfection and probably serving evil.
* MarkedChange: Slightly subverted with Zoey Redbird who gets new magical tattoos ''after'' she does something heroic.
* MeaningfulName: Upon being marked as fledgings and entering the House Of Night, young vampyres are given the opportunity to change their names. (It's considered symbolic of the new life they are entering.) All fledgings being teenagers, AwesomeMcCoolname[=s=] are common.
** Aphrodite chose her name because she was an attractive, coldhearted girl who used her beauty to manipulate others. She also had a friend named Venus, and the two chose their names to complement each other.
** Neferet was inspired to take her name when she saw a historical exhibit describing the eponymous Queen of Egypt. (As a bonus, the name also means 'wise and beautiful', which describes her well.) Having grown up in the eighteen hundreds, with an abusive father, she was fascinated that a woman could wield such power.
** Zoey Heffer hated her surname, as it originated from a stepfather she detested. Therefore, she changed it to Redbird to honour her grandmother.
* MugglePower: Option 2. Churches decide that vampyres are sinners and start killing teachers at Zoey's school. Neferet, the head of the school, decides to wage war against them.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Completely and utterly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as [[spoiler:most of Kalona's problems wouldn't exist if, say, he had just wiped Heath's memory instead of killing him]].
* MurderTheHypotenuse:
** Done twice. The first time, [[spoiler:it's adult vampyre Loren Blake in ''Chosen'']], and at the end of ''Tempted'', [[spoiler:Zoey's human boyfriend Heath gets the axe as well]].
** In-story, it's [[{{Yandere}} Dallas]]'s motivation to try and [[spoiler:kill Rephaim. "I'm gonna fry him. And then whatever weird control he has over you is gonna be gone. You and me can be together, and I won't tell shit about what happened here, as long as you're my girl."]]
%% * NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Zoey and in later books, [[spoiler: Stevie Rae]]. To a degree, [[spoiler:Aphrodite]].
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:Stevie Rae saves Rephaim's life. In the end, this small act is the catalyst for Stevie Rae's boyfriend Dallas to go over to the Dark Side when he finds out she's been hiding him this whole time]]. Stevie Rae is also MistakenForCheating.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: What practically every vampyre says about Zoey's HeroicBSOD in ''Burned''. So naturally, we all know what's going to happen by the end of the next book...
* NoSympathyForGrudgeholders: [[TheDragon Rephaim]] [[spoiler:murders Dragon's wife]]. He later switches sides, and Zoey is shocked- ''[[MoralDissonance shocked]]''- that Dragon doesn't forgive Rephaim.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: In ''Hunted'', when Zoey calls Stark on trying to rape a fledgling, he says that, given five more minutes under his mind control, "she would have been all over [him]". Zoey doesn't buy it. (Although she later ends up with her own "not if they don't remember it and find the guy hot" rationalization, which is no better.)
%% * NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Heath technically comes back at the end of ''Awakened'']].
* OnlyOneName: Elizabeth, who named herself 'Elizabeth No Last Names' because she couldn't be bothered to come up with a new last name.
* OrWasItADream: In ''Tempted'', Zoey comes to this conclusion when it turns out the locations Kalona has been choosing as the backdrop of their dreams together reveal his actual location.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampyres have a crescent-shaped PowerTattoo on their foreheads, there's no way to predict who will become a vampyre, and worship the goddess Nyx. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that there are two different kinds of vampyres, signalled by the presence of blue or red crescent marks, and the red ones are Undead while the blue ones aren't]]. Teenagers are "fledglings" until they either go full vamp or die... and [[spoiler:"dead" fledglings sometimes become a different, more feral version of vampyre]].
* ParentWithNewParamour: Zoey's chief source of familial angst is the "Steploser", her ultra-religious stepfather who she feels stole her mother from her. Being Marked makes things worse between them, as he believes vampyres are satanic.
* ParentalAbandonment: Happens rather commonly in the series if your parents don't approve of your new vamphood.
** Zoey's mother has pretty much emotionally abandoned her in favour of her new husband/ChurchMilitant religion by the start of the series anyway, and didn't need much more to abandon her child entirely.
** This had also been happening to Aphrodite throughout the series for different reasons, but [[spoiler:it was pretty much made official in ''Revealed'', when her mother publicly disowned her shortly after the death of Aphrodite's father]].
%% * PassiveAggressiveKombat: Neferet possesses a black belt in passive aggressive dialogue. Overlaps into PolitenessJudo whenever Thanatos and Neferet share a scene.
%% * PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Played straight with Aphrodite but toyed with for Zoey.
* PhantasySpelling: The House Of Night would like to remind you that their vampyres are in fact super special. They have [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial no association with feral, violent 'vampires']] of any sort. Spelling vampyre with a 'y' both differentiates from these completely imaginary creatures and creates a cozy learning environment. The House of Night would also like to wish you a nice day.
* PinballProtagonist: This sums up Zoey Redbird. If something isn't directly affecting her right then and there, she'll forget about it. In some cases, [[IdiotBall she forgets about it right after it happens]].
* {{Polyamory}}: Many (sometimes with more than three people) involving Zoey, usually some sort of combination out of Zoey/Erik/Heath/Stark (and sometimes Loren). Zoey/Heath/Stark was a thing for a while.
* PowerAtAPrice: When it comes to using [[BlackMagic Darkness]], "that price is usually paid in pain" (refer to ThePowerOfLove). [[BlackMagic Darkness]] hungers for blood and pain, whereas [[WhiteMagic Light]] desires blood and love.
%% * ThePowerOfFriendship
* ThePowerOfLove: "Because Darkness feeds on pain and Light feeds on love."
* PowerTattoo: The fledgling vampyres initially get a crescent moon on their forehead. When it fills in completely, they have finished the Change into an adult vampyre. The main character Zoey Redbird's crescent tattoo has already filled in of course, along with getting various tattoos as she gains numerous [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands special abilities]].
* {{Prequel}}:
** ''Dragon's Oath'', about Dragon's past and his relationship with Anastasia.
** ''Lenobia's Vow'', about Lenobia's past.
** ''Neferet's Curse'', which relates Neferet's past.
* PromotionToParent: Stevie Rae seems to be this for her Red Fledglings, mostly because of ParentalAbandonment and/or because most people think they're still dead.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The entire series is seen and judged through Zoey's sense of Morality. Even in ''Tempted'' and ''Burned'' (when different POVS and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters are introduced) and someone has different opinion than that of Zoey's having, they're considered to be having an [[OutOfCharacterMoment OOC moment]] at best or they're automatically considered to be a horrible bitch and/or in cahoots with the BigBad.
** Kalona, pretty much the cause for every single bad thing that's ever happened in the series, gets a FallenHero backstory and two chapters from his POV. Zoey thought it possible he could be redeemed. Why? [[spoiler:Because in a past life Zoey was in love with him]].
** The majority of characters (and a large portion of the Fandom) consider Loren Blake to be idealized. Why? Because he was young good-looking substitute professor and [[spoiler:because Zoey was in love with him and DeathEqualsRedemption]]. Loren Blake was a sexual predator and a ManipulativeBastard. On top of that, he decided to toy with the feelings of the BigBad... A serious case of [[spoiler:TooDumbToLive and HoistByHisOwnPetard]]. He knew what the BigBad wanted and why she wanted him to do it and went along with her plans with no remorse.
** When Venus is introduced [[spoiler:she has just recently regained her humanity]] but she is deemed a horrible bitch and possibly evil in the first chapter of ''Hunted''. She is also hated by the fandom considerably. Despite the fact that Venus's personality is very close to that of Aphrodite, PC Cast's favourite character and most popular character with the Fandom. Why? [[spoiler:Because she DARED to flirt with Erik in front of Zoey and hooked up with him when Zoey and Erik broke up. Zoey was telling herself that it was wrong to behave and think the way she did, didn't stop it anyway]].
** Not to mention how Zoey and her friends all call Aphrodite a "ho" for dating two guys, even though she began going out with the second one only sometime after the first one and is genuinely serious about him. Zoey, meanwhile, has dated/flirted with no less than four guys, lost her virginity to her teacher Loren while she was dating Erik and letting Heath continually lure her into feasting on his blood, and she ''repeatedly'' calls herself out for being unable to settle on one guy. And yet when Erik calls her out on this in a later book, he's dismissed as just a jealous jerk by all her friends and we're clearly meant to disagree with her being a ho even when she keeps on saying that she ''is'' and is ''right''.
** Raven Mockers are mindless creatures of Darkness and they should all be wiped out. Everybody agrees with the KillEmAll attitude and, as of ''Burned'', around twenty Raven Mockers have been killed. Even the idea of giving them a burial is seen as strange. The only exception is Stevie Rae and when she raises valid points of WhatMeasureIsANonHuman and IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim not only does every character tell her she's wrong but she is suspected of secretly turning over to TheDarkSide.
** Speaking of Stevie Rae, how is it okay for the Red Fledglings that haven't "Chosen" yet to be running around killing people? Even after she gives them multiple chances to choose, and they try to kill her and her friends multiple times, she ends up just chasing them away/exiling them... as if wherever they end up, they'll be any less evil and bloodthirsty? Maybe it's just a weakness moment or something, but the fact that they're Red Fledglings and thus "her people" seems to be what keeps her from stopping them from murdering any more innocents... permanently.
** The authors almost poke fun at this in Chapter 6 of ''Revealed'', when Kalona calls Zoey out for making a tactless comment concerning personal morality and Stark jumps to her defense, telling Kalona that he "just [doesn't] ''get'' her." Zoey is then shown to get all worked up and zone out when she realises that (gasp!) Kalona's assessment ''might be right''.
** In ''Hunted'', Zoey catches Stark raping a vampire girl through forcible blood drinking, but ignores Darius condemning him because Nyx herself guides Zoey into deciding to redeem Stark. On the flipside, in ''Tempted'', Zoey calls Stark out on what he did and Stark angrily declares that she's been mislead and turned against him by Kalona.
* PsychicPowers: Aphrodite has horrific future visions. Neferet can read minds.
%% * PsychoElectro: Dallas.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Due to ParentalAbandonment by both Zoey's mother and father, Grandma Redbird pretty much raised Zoey and continues to help her out whenever possible.
* RapunzelHair: Many of the vampyres have long, flowing hair due to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampyre biology]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mentioned a lot in the series. The Red Fledglings and Vampyres have red eyes when they've just fed from a human or when they're seriously pissed off. The Raven Mockers also have red eyes.
* ReincarnationRomance:
** [[FallenAngel Kalona]] with Zoey. Unfortunately, Zoey wasn't [[ArtificialHuman exactly]] ''human'' in her last life, and Kalona doesn't really ''get'' that the girl who was literally created to love him (ItMakesSenseInContext) now has free will. And that they're on opposite sides of a war. Cue very creepy [[DreamWeaver dream]]-[[EntitledToHaveYou stalking]].
** A reciprocal example is Lenobia and Martin. They met as teenagers in 1788 [[note]]As detailed in the prequel ''Lenobia's Vow''[[/note]], but Martin died soon after Lenobia was Marked as a [[LongLived vampire]] fledging. Around 200 years later, he was reborn.
* RescueRomance: Rephaim and Stevie Rae's relationship is entirely built on this. [[spoiler: First Stevie Rae finds Rephaim almost dying from being shot out of the sky, hides him in a garden shed, patches him up, then lets him go. A IOweYouMyLife moment is exchanged between them, which comes in handy when Stevie Rae is then later trapped on the roof a building. Rephaim rescues her and an Imprint is formed between them. Then when Stevie Rae summons Darkness, it's none other then Rephaim who rescues her from Darkness. When Stevie Rae sees Darkness hurting Rephaim, she summons Light to help rescue Rephaim. When Dallas finds out that Stevie Rae's been lying about knowing Rephaim, and plans to "knock some sense" into Stevie Rae, Rephaim's the one that steps up and protects Stevie Rae. Then Stevie Rae protects them both when Dallas embraces Darkness and tries to kill them both]].
%% * RichBitch: Aphrodite, who later becomes a cross-between FallenPrincess and OnlySaneMan.
* TheSacredDarkness: The series uses this trope extensively. The titular House is a beloved, sheltering ExtranormalInstitute, and the protagonists are all nocturnal vampyres [[note]]weird spelling intentional[[/note]]. The vampyres' main goddess, [[BigGood Nyx]], combines this trope with LightIsGood; she is most frequently associated with shadows and night, but comments that others [[IHaveManyNames worship her as]] Dawn.
* SadlyMythtaken: Sister Mary Angela, the Head Nun of the Benedict Abbey, calls Kalona a Nephilim. A Catholic nun would know better then that, and that the Raven Mockers, which are beings that part-Immortal/part-Human, are in fact Nephilim. Kalona even named his eldest son, Rephaim, after a type of Nephilim.
%% * SaltAndPepper: Shaunee and Erin.
%% * SamaritanSyndrome: Stevie Rae seems to suffer from this. With her past, it's understandable.
%% * SassyBlackWoman: Shaunee and Kramisha.
%% * SeekingSanctuary: When Zoey and the gang need help and a stay, the Benedictine Nuns come to the rescue.
* SelfInsertFic: Zoey is essentially a more perfect version of Kristen Cast. According to Wikipedia, they based the character on her so she would be easier to write. Yeah...
* ShapeshiftingLover: Rephaim, a [[CreepyCrows Raven-Mocker]], is given the gift of humanity by Nyx. However, he can only be a human at night and is forced to turn back into a Raven-Mocker during the day. This causes problems in his relationship with Stevie Rae.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy:
** Zoey catches the eye of Erik, who's repeatedly referred to as "the hottest guy in the school" and makes practically all girls swoon while thinking about how gorgeous he is. True to this trope's description, his ex-girlfriend is the AlphaBitch Aphrodite who is not amused when she finds out about his relationship with Zoey. They eventually break up, though, mainly because of [[HormoneAddledTeenager Zoey]]'s utter inability to not throw herself at every hot guy who crosses her path.
** Zoey's other boyfriends, incidentally, are the popular football star from her previous high school and the incredibly handsome poetry teacher that all the female students seem to have crushes on.
%% * SixthRanger: Aphrodite and Jack Twist.
%% * {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The Raven Mockers are prone to this.
%% * SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: Varies between FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires to TranshumanTreachery (due to SmugSuper and VanHelsingHateCrimes).
* SlutShaming:
** Aphrodite is constantly put down by the narrator, Zoey, for being a "slut", despite only being involved with two guys in the whole series, the second with whom the relationship is incredibly serious. This despite the fact that the main character has had several boyfriends (some at the same time) throughout the series. The plot also occasionally derails to talk about how bad blowjobs are.
** At one point in the series, Zoey refers to a group of girls from her old high school as "hateful sluts". Since we never actually meet them, that's the only reason we really get as to why we're supposed to be angry at them hanging around Heath. Kayla is also lumped with the group, and earlier Zoey threatens to drink her blood [[DisproportionateRetribution for trying to date Heath after Zoey repeated said she wasn't interested in him anymore]].
* SocialCircleFiller: Kayla is this. She appears briefly in the beginning of ''Marked'' and briefly again near the end. After that she's pretty much forgotten in favour of the FiveManBand.
* StalkerWithACrush: Several examples.
** Heath, after Zoey drinks his blood and they imprint on one another. He texts her endlessly when she doesn't see him, hallucinates her, and seeks her out even under unsafe conditions.
** Also Kalona with regards to Zoey. He repeatedly shows up in her dreams, attempting to seduce her because [[spoiler:she was his lover in her past life]].
%% ** Rephaim to Stevie Rae, though it's only a mild case and with a father like his, it would be easy to come to the conclusion of StalkingIsLove. Especially with High Priestesses of Nyx.
* StarbucksSkinScale: Shaunee is described as having "Cafe au Lait" skin a couple of times.
* StartOfDarkness: Pretty much the plot of [[spoiler:''Neferet's Curse'']], which details how an innocent girl named Emily Wheiler grew up in 1893 and ended up broken and vengeful as a result of being abused [[spoiler:and eventually raped]] by her own father. [[spoiler:She ultimately changes her name to Neferet, upon becoming a vampire, and vows to never again be used by anyone]].
* StraightGay: Damien. Unfortunately, he mostly comes across as HaveIMentionedIAmGay.
* StrawFeminist: This is the defining trait of most of Aphrodite's friends in ''Marked''. Vampyric society in general has shades of it, given that everyone cheerfully accepts that men are primarily suited for being consorts and warriors.
* SuperiorSpecies: Vampyres are all ethereally beautiful, and live away from humanity in peaceful enclaves. Many famous historical figures (and celebrities) are retconned into being vampyres. They are matriarchal, but never sexist. They are incredibly wealthy, but never spoiled. They are stronger and faster than any human, but they never use this strength to do anything bad. They are deeply religious, but never bigoted. They are very long-lived, and look youthful even after centuries have passed. They can be identified by the exotic, intricate tattoos that grow over their bodies, and the "glossy, inhumanly attractive light that [radiates]" from each of them.
* TakeAThirdOption: Used subtly in ''Lenobia's Vow''. A bishop and an abbess are discussing the vampyres' presence in New Orleans, which the bishop considers [[FantasticRacism "blasphemy"]]. The abbess is faced with a dilemma: does she disagree with the bishop (thus starting a tedious argument) or agree with him and lie about her beliefs? Her response is to shrug and reply, "Some say so, some say so."
%% * TheirFirstTime: Boy, does this end badly for Zoey! [[spoiler:It also ends pretty terribly for Dallas and Stevie Rae]].
* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences: Vampyres ostensibly suffer immense FantasticRacism, however we find out that most popular actors, singers, and others in the entertainment industry are vampyres. Vampyres also were many historical figures, who were apparently just as influential as they were in real life. Not to mention that there's no word that the governments have any problem with the vampyres keeping their own government, setting up Houses of Night in various towns (even though regular people supposedly hate the presence of vampyres), and automatically having all fledglings legally emancipated. Also, even though vampyrism is supposed to occur because of junk DNA and a hormonal imbalance, there's no talk at all of scientists studying vampyres to find ways to prevent regular people from turning into them or, at the very least, reduce the risk of fledglings dying horrible deaths.
* TokenMinority:
** Kramisha is the only black Red Fledgling. She is portrayed as a [[SoulBrotha Soul Sister]] who speaks mostly in [[JiveTurkey jive]].
** Shaunee, the only black member of the "nerd heard" (and the only black lead for the first several books) and who we're constantly reminded is black.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Almost literal in ''Awakened''. [[spoiler:Jack is killed by Darkness because Neferet needed to give Darkness a soul she could not taint (as a payment for trapping Kalona's soul)]]. Later, when Nyx appears to the crowd at [[spoiler:Jack's]] funeral, she tells [[spoiler:his boyfriend Damien that he is one of the happiest souls she's known]].
%% * TriangRelations: Zoey just has TooManyLoveInterests. {{Polyamory}} may end up being the only solution.
%% * TroubledButCute: Stark.
%% * TrueSight: Zoey's Seer Stone.
* TryNotToDie: Aphrodite and Stevie Rae have these moments occasionally. Used to show serious character development given that [[spoiler:Aphrodite treated Stevie Rae like she was only good for being a snack and Stevie Rae tried to kill Aphrodite twice before her humanity was restored]].
%% * TwinBanter: Erin and Shaunee, dubbed "the Twins" out of personality rather than resemblance.
* TheUnfairSex: Zoey initially was slightly hesitant about having a relationship with Erik because he had previously dated Aphrodite. This is after (A) she walked in on Aphrodite all but ''raping'' Erik (trying to force a blowjob on him while he repeatedly asked her to stop) and (B) it was made pretty obvious that Aphrodite and her friends made use of Erik and other boys in such a way. Zoey does hook up with Erik...and dives into a relationship with a teacher at the school, while rekindling a relationship with her human boyfriend. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Chosen'', we're apparently supposed to think Erik's such a mean guy for not being so kind and understanding that Zoey had sex with said teacher and just had "We share a bond" as an excuse]].
* UnwantedHarem: Zoey Redbird has three admirers/boyfriends: Heath, her human ex-boyfriend and quarterback of the football team, Erik Night, the hottest guy in the vampyre high school, and Loren Blake, a teacher and poet. Loren leaves the harem later on when [[spoiler:he's revealed to be evil and then dies]], only to be replaced by Stark.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: TheFundamentalist Christians are accused of [[spoiler:brutally murdering two teachers at the House of Night.]]{{Averted|Trope}} when [[spoiler:Neferet is revealed to have arranged their deaths]].
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ValleyGirl: Erin and Shaunee fall into this category, but Zoey and Aphrodite do have their moments.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * VictorianNovelDisease: Dragon Lankford, Neferet and Lenobia in their respective prequel novellas, as a result of their impending vampirism (the symptoms of which include weakness, coughing up blood, and an excess of phelm).
* VerbedTitle: All 12 books of this series are past tense verbs:
** ''Marked''
** ''Betrayed''
** ''Chosen''
** ''Untamed''
** ''Hunted''
** ''Tempted''
** ''Burned''
** ''Awakened''
** ''Destined''
** ''Hidden''
** ''Revealed''
** ''Redeemed''
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: One of the central plot points of the whole series. [[spoiler:Neferet]] is able to hide her desire to kill all humans for quite a long time, maintaining a respectable appearance.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * VillainousRescue:
%% ** This occurred quite a few times between [[spoiler:Rephaim and Stevie Rae]]. What started out as IOweYouMyLife ended up developing into a RescueRomance.
%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** [[spoiler:Kalona]] shows up in ''Destined'' to save the day!
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Zoey is not only dealing with many mystical issues threatening the vampyres, but also juggling multiple boys and a couple of men (both of them bad guys).
* WhamEpisode: The series has tons of these moments. For starters, [[spoiler:Neferet]] is portrayed as quite likeable with nothing suspicious hinted about her in ''Marked''. In ''Betrayed,'' she's revealed to be the BigBad. For the rest of the series to come. ''Wham.''
* YouTalkTooMuch: Often exchanged between [[TheStoic Rephaim]] and [[MotorMouth Stevie Rae]].
* YoYoPlotPoint: Zoey's UnwantedHarem problems. The first couple of books had her being torn among her boyfriend Erik, her jock ex-boyfriend Heath, and poetry teacher Loren. ''Chosen'' resolved the love polygon, albeit in an abrupt and contrived way that [[HormoneAddledTeenager brought into question Zoey's intelligence]], by having Erik leave Zoey after she slept with Loren which severed her blood-based connection with Heath and [[spoiler:then Loren turned out to be working for the BigBad all along and was killed off at the end of the book]] with the clear message that Zoey had learned her lesson and would work hard to repair her broken relationship with Erik. But ''then'' ''Hunted'' brings Zoey's UnwantedHarem right back with her renewing her blood-based connection with Heath thanks to a contrived "you need to drink his blood or else he'll die" situation (and making their connection ''even stronger than it was before'') and getting a ReplacementLoveInterest for Loren in the form of Stark. To top all this off, Erik is [[DerailingLoveInterests derailed into a possessive jerk]] to justify why Zoey is [[AesopAmnesia suddenly going back on her earlier vow to stick to just him]], and she proceeds to repeat the "woe is me, I'm a ho for being unable to choose between three hot guys" indecisiveness/wangst from ''Betrayed'' and ''Chosen'' all over again. ''Tempted'' appears to try resolving at least one factor of this love issue for good by [[spoiler:killing Heath off]], only for ''Burned'' to reveal that [[spoiler:he's not so dead after all and Zoey proclaims her love for him, even though she's ''still'' stringing Stark and Erik along]].