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. Books in the series so far:
Redeemed (Oct 14th)
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A Day in the Limelight: Professor Lankford, Lenobia, and Neferet have their own prequel novellas. Kalona is slated to have one as well.
A God Am I: Kalona and Neferet have both declared themselves this.
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.
Beautiful All Along: The book Burned reveals 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.
In Marked, Stevie Rae 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, just as Zoey and half her Nakama 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 Nakama show up and, by The Power of Love, defeat the bad guys.
When Neferet tries to mind control Stark, he decides to Take a Third Option and ends up almost killing himself rather than hurting Zoey.
Zoey, who is already on the fast track to High Priestessdom.
Possibly Stevie Rae as well, in a different way.
Cliff Hanger: We get these at the end of Tempted and Burned.
Comes Great Responsibility: 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.
Said verbatim to Zoey by her grandmother in Marked.
Comic Book Time: 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 Game of Thrones in Destined.
The Dark Arts: Using the power of any element/force of nature or an ancient immortal, whether it's for Darkness or Light, is Power at a Price. It's played straight with Neferet but subverted with Rephaim, who has only been shown thus far to use his Dark powers in a good way.
Erik 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. However, 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 Dirty CowardAlpha Bitch with Skewed Priorities, instead of a WoobieManipulative BastardBroken Bird being a practizer of Brutal Honesty.
He is initially portrayed as a drunk-jock-ex-boyfriend in the first book, who seems to be 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 lack of control over her newfound bloodlust in order to essentially roofie-rape her every time she sees him by cutting himself and triggering her compulsion to drink, which creates a mystical (and pretty much unbreakable) bond between the two of them against her control.
He is then killed off in Tempted, but then is reincarnated by Nyx to be Neferet's Vessel, named Aurox. However, 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.
Detect Evil: 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 Big Bad can fool everyone but make the heroes look like idiots.
Deus ex Machina: Literally. When Kalona kills Stark in the Otherworld, the Goddess Nyx shows up and forces Kalona to bring him back to life. If a goddess appearing doesn't count as this, then what the heck does?
Happens again in Awakened, when Nyx appears at Jack's funeral pyre 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.
Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: 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 Brainwashed and Crazy effect on people.
Fate Worse than Death: "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 Stevie Rae and Stark asked Zoey to kill them, preferring to die rather then continue to live as they were.
Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: Vampyrism is regarded with a similar attitude to that of homosexuality in this universe. Because of this, Zoey's strict Christian stepfather disowns her after she is Marked. Additionally, fledglings and vampyres are advised to cover up their Marks in public to avoid being harassed.
Hearing Voices: With Neferet, as of the audiobook chapters available of Awakened, it appears to be a combination of Types 1 and 2.
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.
Human Sacrifice: Two in Awakened: Jack(!) and Zoey's mother Linda (very nearly Zoey's grandma!), both sacrificed to Darkness by Neferet.
Hypocrite: Zoey is juggling three-to-four boys for the first half of the series, yet she calls Aphrodite out for being "slutty."
Keeping Secrets Sucks: 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 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 her relationship with Rephaim. Also see No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.
Kiss of the Vampire: 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.
Love Hurts: Does it ever. Oh, does it ever. The end of Chosen, anyone? Or Tempted? Though, considering that Zoey was juggling three boyfriends at the time, the impact may have been lessened.
At the end of Burned between Stevie Rae and her consort Rephaim. The returning of Zoey's and Kalona's souls to their respective bodies serves to keep the two apart.
Love Makes You Crazy: Dallas. He goes off the deep end when he finds out about Stevie Rae and Rephaim's deepening relationship.
Love Redeems: Stark and Zoey's relationship is entirely built on this.
Mary Suetopia: 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 hopelessly envious of the vampyres' perfection and probably serving evil.
The first time, it's adult vampyre Loren Blake in Chosen, and at the end of Tempted, Zoey's human boyfriend Heath gets the axe as well.
In-story, it's Dallas's motivation to try and 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."
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: 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.
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/Church Militant 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 it was pretty much made official in Revealed, when her mother publicly disowned her shortly after the death of Aphrodite's father.
Power Tattoo: 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 special abilities.
Prequel: Dragon's Oath, about Dragon's past and his relationship with Anastasia, Lenobia's Vow, about Lenobia past, and Neferet's Curse, which relates Neferet's past.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: The entire series is seen and judged through Zoey's sense of morality. Even in Tempted and Burned (when different POV's and Loads and Loads of Characters are introduced), if someone has different opinion than Zoey's, they're considered to be having an OOC moment at best, or they're automatically considered to be a horrible bitch and/or in cahoots with the Big Bad.
The Casts 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.
Psychic Powers: Aphrodite has horrific future visions. Neferet can read minds.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: 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.
Rephaim and Stevie Rae's relationship is almost entirely built on this.
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. An I Owe You My Life 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 him. 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.
Sadly Mythtaken: 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.
Boy, does this end badly for Zoey! It also ends pretty terribly for Dallas and Stevie Rae.
With all the terrible sexual experiences in the books so far and the fact that the only people who we KNOW are having sex being the bad guys, I'm surprised an Aesop about how sex-before-marriage-is-bad hasn't been made yet. Maybe it's unintentional.
Token Minority: Shaunee and Kramisha. Also, bonus points that Kramisha is the only black Red Fledgling. She is portrayed as a Soul Sista who speaks mostly in jive.
Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Almost literal in Awakened. 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 Jack's funeral, she tells his boyfriend Damien that he is one of the happiest souls she's known.
Try Not to Die: Aphrodite and Stevie Rae have these moments occasionally. Used to show serious character development given that 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.
Twin Banter: Erin and Shaunee, dubbed "the Twins" out of personality rather than resemblance.
For starters, Neferet is portrayed as quite likeable with nothing suspicious hinted about her in Marked. In Betrayed, she's revealed to be the Big Bad. For the rest of the series to come. Wham.
What Measure Is a Non-Super?: 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.
X Meets Y: Twilight meets Sailor Moon meets Harry Potter. If you want to be more specific, it has the vampire romance from Twilight, the reincarnated princess with her friends who each fill a specific role from Sailor Moon, and the chosen one at a supernatural boarding school.