Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts.
But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.
As you can tell by the look of the blog, I’m a creature ruled by visuals! So it comes to no surprise that I enjoy a good graphic novel here and there – especially if it’s paranormal in nature.
Such is the case with House of Night: Legacy – a graphic novel inspired by the YA book series. Here are the first three titles.
Here is a synopsis on the book series from Goodreads:
House of Night is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy series. The books follow 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is "Marked" by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre.
She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledgling vampyres like her.
It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends. It gets even harder for Zoey to fit in when she finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?
The premise really hooked me in and the amazing graphic art did not disappoint. House of Night: Legacy tells the story of Zoe Redbird, a 16 year old chosen by the goddess Nyx to lead the Dark Daughters – a group of vampires. Deposing the former leader, Aphrodite, Zoe must learn five lessons before she can take command. With the help of her faithful friends, she undertakes the task of mastering the elements of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit.
House of Night: Legacy is not only action packed, it features several stories with historical figures, but with a vampire twist. It is the perfect blend of action, tragedy, and comedy, and now I can’t wait to dive into the books that inspired this graphic novel.
I definitely recommend House of Night: Legacy to readers of the book series, as it gives them an invaluable visual into the amazing and imaginative world P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast have created. For those who are new to the series, (like me) it provides that ‘hook’ which will make them run to the books and read more about this series. I can’t wait to start!
What I really enjoyed the most about this series is how the vampires are ‘created’. Humans are genetically predisposed with the vampiric gene and when they reach a certain age, they go through the change. Some don’t survive the change, but those who do become full vampires.
To ensure their survival, the vampires in transition, known as fledglings, congregate in Houses of Night – boarding schools set up for them to learn how to master their new powers.
Here is an excerpt from the book showcasing Freya (with a vampire twist) and the how vital the element of Earth can be. Enjoy!
Rating: 4 Kisses
*graphic novel provided by publisher via Net Galley*