Destined by P. C. CastDestined by P. C. Cast


byP. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Paperback | April 30, 2013

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Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - as long as he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia's handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there's the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more - or possibly less - than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there's something strangely familiar about him.

Will Neferet's true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox's humanity in time to protect him - and everyone - from his own fate? Find out what's destined in the thrilling ninth chapter of the P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast's House of Night series.

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author P.C. CAST is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance writer, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. Her novels have been awarded YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and have received the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, as well as the PRISM, Daphne du M...
Title:DestinedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.24 × 5.54 × 0.89 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312387989

ISBN - 13:9780312387983


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh This series dragged on for far too long. I started it as a teenager and book by book it continued to get way too love-triangely and predictable.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read The ending of this book was really interesting and really interested me to read the next book in the series. I couldn't put it down! #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book read it in one sitting, great read
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Overall a good book, but I have noticed that the progression of the plot mirrors that of the other books in this series. Some event will occur in the previous book - to draw you into reading the next book, then the majority of the next book explains that event and the aftermath, then another event will occur in the end.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Destined The tension between Stark, Aurox, and Zoey make for a great read.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series It came the exact day expected, and I love the House of Night series. Only issue I would have is that the last four don't come in a box set. So I have #1-4, and #5-8 box sets but these have to be ordered separately. I'm a particularly organized person, so this really bothers me visually. But the book is good.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series It came the exact day expected, and I love the House of Night series. Only issue I would have is that the last four don't come in a box set. So I have #1-4, and #5-8 box sets but these have to be ordered separately. I'm a particularly organized person, so this really bothers me visually. But the book is good.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the last few The story gets better but it seems to be dragging on.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Another interesting book to add to this series. Fun easy fantasy read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This series never lets me down. Wonderful read.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved Good storyline, loved the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best One of the best in the series.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Destined (House of Night #9) by P.C. Cast the reason I give these books 3 stars is because they are extremely addictive! I love the drama, I love the story and I love how it's like watching Jersey Shore or something. You know it's bad but you just can't get away because it is mind-blowingly entertaining. Like Jerry Springer, or something…
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Getting Ridiculous *Actually a 2.5 star* I started reading this series when I was quite a bit younger but never finished it. In the past few years I've picked it back up and have been mostly enjoying them. This book was very disappointing to me. I found the characters irritating in it, the decisions they made were pretty ridiculous and overall I just didn't love the story line that took place in this one. I will be continuing on with the series because I do still want to see how it wraps up, but this was one of my least favorite so far.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it I love this series and the book was received sooner then the estimated date which was great!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Liked it from the beginning and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good series... The series as a whole is good, however, its getting dragged out... I'm sure half the events/details etc.. could have been eliminated without any impact to the story...
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from H.O.N. Wow, I read the last book out, it gets better and better no doubt about it, I have no patience for the next one to come out!!!
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Destined This series just keeps getting better and better. . . .
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving Ummm... I cried!!!
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving I have read all the books in this series and the first is as good as the last. There is always a twist you really weren't expecting.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I live this series :) even got my mother to read it!
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent series! I just can't put these books down! I love this series!
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing As all the house of night books are this one has been another amazing story of love, loss and hope.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay Read this book was an okay read but it was kinda boring in the beginning. I felt like the other books were better compared to this one and i found that this book was kinda boring at some points. I totally wish that this book would have been a lot more interesting from the beginning but in the end it did make up for the lack of my just wishing for the next one to come out. Kinda tired of having to wait and buy new books when will it end...although i don't want it to end :'(
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good Well its a definite improvement from the last one but come on guys lets wrap it up already!!
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thing Are Getting Better! First, I would like to start off by saying how incredibly and absolutely annoying it is that EVERY PERSON INVOLVED IN THE MAIN STORY LINE IS ALWAYS SO INCREDIBLY HOT OR BEAUTIFUL. God. But other than that I actually found this book to be much better than the last. The story line is definitely coming to a close soon! But no too soon, because there's going to be yet ANOTHER HON book! But surprisingly, that doesn't bother me this time. The ending of this book was much more intense than the last, although the beginning was kind of slow to start. Honestly, although in my review of Awakening I said the writing annoyed me, I think it's the only thing that kept me reading, really. I know I said I'd finish this series because I said I always "finish what I start" but that's not true! I read the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, and do I plan on finishing? That would be a definite no. Overallllll. This series is definitely improving. It's becoming more intense emotionally as well as picking up speed as you get further into the book. If you happen to see it at Costco, I would definitely pick it up! Otherwise, I would just wait for it to come out in paperback.
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Readig Awakened I read the entire series thinking that Awakened would be the last book and I was so happy. This series has dragged on for my entire life. They are just milking it. I will write a real review, after I finish this book.. which I will reluctantly probably buy since I just want to know the ending. Is that so much to ask for? There is only so much Zoey and Stevie Rae I can handle! lol
Date published: 2011-06-20

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DESTINED. (Chapter 1)AuroxThe human male’s flesh had been soft, pulpy.It had been a surprise how easy it had been to destroy him—to end the beating of his feeble heart.“Take me to North Tulsa. I want to go out into the night,” she’d said. That was the command that began their evening.“Yes, Goddess,” he’d responded instantly, coming alive from the corner of the rooftop balcony that he’d made his own.“Do not call me Goddess. Call me…” She’d looked contemplative. “… Priestess.” Her full lips, slick and reddened, turned up. “I believe it is best if everyone should simply call me Priestess—at least for a short while.”Aurox had fisted his hand over his heart in a gesture he instinctively knew was ancient, though it somehow felt awkward and forced. “Yes, Priestess.”Priestess had brushed by him, gesturing imperiously for him to follow her.He had followed.He’d been created to follow. To take her orders. To obey her commands.They’d entered something Priestess had called car, and the world had flown. Priestess had commanded him to understand the workings of it.He’d watched and learned, just as she’d commanded.Then they’d stopped and exited the car.The street had smelled of death and rot, corruption and filth.“Priestess this place is not—”“Protect me!” she’d snapped. “But do not be protective of me. I will always go where I wish, when I wish, and do exactly what I wish. It is your job, no, your purpose to defeat my enemies. It is my destiny to create enemies. Watch. React when I command you to protect. That is all I require of you.”“Yes, Priestess,” he’d said.The modern world was a confusing place. So many shifting sounds. So much he did not know. He would do as Priestess commanded. He would fulfill his reason for creation and—A male had stepped out, blocking Priestess’s way.“You way too pretty to be in this here alley so late with nothin’ but one boy keepin’ ya company.” His eyes widened, as he took in Priestess’s tattoos. “So, vampyre, you stoppin’ here to get you a little snack from this boy? How ’bout you give me that purse then you and me, we’ll talk ’bout what it’s like to be with a real man?”Priestess sighed and sounded bored. “You’re wrong on both counts: I am not simply a vampyre, and this is no boy.”“Hey, what you mean by that?”Priestess ignored the man and looked over her shoulder at Aurox.“Now you should protect me. Show me what kind of weapon I command.”He obeyed her without conscious thought. Aurox closed on the man with no hesitation. In one swift movement, Aurox plunged his thumbs into the man’s staring eyeballs, which made the screaming begin.The man’s terror washed over him, feeding him. As simply as drawing a breath, Aurox inhaled the pain he was causing. The power of the man’s terror swelled through him, pumping hot and cold. Aurox felt his hands hardening, changing, becoming more. What had been normal fingers became claws. He pulled them from the man’s eyes when the blood began to seep from his ears. With the borrowed power of pain and fear, Aurox lifted the man, slamming him against the wall of the nearest building.The man screamed again.What a wonderful, terrible thrill! Aurox felt more of the change ripple through his body. Mere human feet became cloven hooves. The muscles of his legs thickened. His chest heaved and split the shirt he had been wearing. And most wonderful of all, Aurox felt the thick deadly horns that swelled from his head.By the time the man’s three friends ran into the alley to help him, he had stopped screaming.Aurox dropped the man to the filth and turned to place himself between Priestess and those who might believe they could cause her harm.“What the fuck?” The first man skidded to a halt.“I ain’t never seen nothin’ like that,” said the second man.Aurox was already absorbing the fear that was beginning to radiate from them. His skin pulsed with the cold fire of it.“Is they horns? Ah, hell no! I’m outta here.” The third man turned and scurried back the way he had come. The other two began to back slowly away, eyes wide, shocked and staring.Aurox looked to Priestess. “What is your command?” In some distant part of his mind, he wondered at the sound of his voice—how it had become so guttural, so bestial.“Their pain makes you stronger.” Priestess looked pleased. “And different, more fierce.” She looked at the two retreating men and her full upper lip lifted in a sneer. “Isn’t that interesting … Kill them.”Aurox moved so quickly the nearest man had no chance to escape. He gored him through his chest, lifting him so that he writhed and shrieked and soiled himself.This made Aurox even more powerful.With a mighty toss of his head, the skewered man flew into the building to land, crumpled and silent, beside the first man.The other man didn’t run away. Instead he pulled out a long, dangerous looking knife and charged at Aurox.Aurox feinted to the side and then, when the man overcompensated, he stomped a cloven hoof through his foot, ripping off his face as the man fell forward.Breathing hard, Aurox stood over the bodies of his vanquished enemies. He turned to Priestess.“Very good,” she said in her emotionless voice. “Let us leave this place before the authorities descend.”Aurox followed her. He walked heavily, his hoofs gouging furrows in the dirty alley. He fisted his claws at his side as he tried to make sense of the emotional storm that flowed through his body, taking with it the power that had fueled his battle frenzy.Weak. He felt weak. And more. There was something else.“What is it?” she snapped at him when he hesitated before entering the car again.He shook his head. “I do not know. I feel—”She laughed. “You don’t feel at all. You’re obviously overthinking this. My knife doesn’t feel. My gun doesn’t feel. You’re my weapon; you kill. Deal with it.”“Yes, Priestess.” Aurox got in the car and let the world speed past him. I do not think. I do not feel. I am a weapon.Aurox“Why are you standing here looking at me?” Priestess asked him, staring at him with eyes of green ice.“I await your command, Priestess,” he said automatically, wondering how it was possible to have displeased her. They had just returned to her lair at the top of the magnificent building called Mayo. Aurox had walked to the balcony and simply stood there, quietly, gazing at Priestess.She blew out a long breath. “I have no command for you at this moment. And must you always stare at me?”Aurox looked away, focusing on the lights of the city and how they glittered alluringly against the night sky.“I await your command, Priestess,” he repeated.“Oh, by all the gods! Who would have known the Vessel created for me would be as mindless as he is beautiful?”Aurox felt the change in the atmosphere before Darkness materialized from smoke and shadow and night.“Mindless, beautiful, and deadly…”The voice rang in his head. The enormous white bull formed fully before him. His breath was fetid, yet sweet. His gaze was horrible and wonderful at the same time. He was mystery and magick and mayhem together.Aurox dropped to his knees before the creature.“Get off your knees. Get up and go back there…” She waved her hand in a dismissive gesture toward the shadows that edged the far recesses of the rooftop.“No, I’d rather he stayed. I enjoy gazing on my creations.”Aurox didn’t know what to say. This creature commanded his attention, but Priestess commanded his body.“Creations?” Priestess put a special emphasis on the last part of the word as she moved languidly toward the massive bull. “Do you often make gifts like this to your followers?”The bull’s laughter was terrible, but Aurox noticed Priestess didn’t flinch at all—that instead she seemed to be drawn closer and closer to the creature as he spoke.“How interesting! You are actually questioning me. Are you jealous, my heartless one?”Priestess stroked the bull’s horn. “Do I need to be?”The bull nuzzled her. Where his muzzle touched Priestess the silk of her gown shriveled, exposing smooth, naked flesh underneath.“Tell me, what do you believe is the purpose of my gift to you?” The bull answered Priestess’s question with one of his own.Priestess blinked and shook her head, as if she was confused. Then her gaze found Aurox, still on his knees. “My lord, his purpose is protection, and I am ready to do as you bid to thank you for him.”“I will accept your lush offerings, but I must explain to you that Aurox is not simply a weapon of protection. Aurox has one purpose, and that is to create chaos.”Priestess inhaled a deep, shocked breath. She blinked rapidly, and her gaze went from the bull to him, and then returned to the bull.“Truly?” she asked in a soft, reverent voice. “Through this one creature I can command chaos?”The bull’s white eyes were like a sick, setting moon. “Truly. He is, indeed, one creature, but his power is vast. He has the ability to leave disaster in his wake. He is the Vessel that is the manifestation of your deepest dreams, and are they not for utter and complete chaos?”“Yes, oh yes,” Priestess breathed the words. She leaned against the bull’s neck, stroking his side.“Ah, and what is it you will do with chaos now that it is at your command? Will you take down the cities of humans and rule as vampyre queen?”Priestess’s smile was beautiful and horrible. “Not queen. Goddess.”“Goddess? But there is a Goddess of Vampyres. You know that all too well. You used to be in her service.”“You mean Nyx? The Goddess who allows her minions free choice and a will of their own? The Goddess who will not intercede because she believes so strongly in the myth of freewill?”Aurox thought he could hear a smile in the beast’s voice, and wondered how that was possible. “I do mean Nyx, Goddess of Vampyres and Night. Would you use chaos to challenge her?”“No. I would use chaos to defeat her. What if chaos threatens the very fabric of the world? Would Nyx not step in and defy her own rules to save her children? And by doing so wouldn’t the Goddess rescind her edict that grants humans freewill and betray herself? What would happen then to her divine reign if Nyx changes what is destined to be?”“I cannot say, as that has never before happened.” The bull snorted as if in amusement. “But it is a surprisingly interesting question—and you know how much I enjoy being surprised.”“I only hope that I can continue to surprise you over and over again, my lord.”“Only is such a small word…” the bull said.Aurox continued to kneel on the rooftop long after Priestess and the bull had departed, leaving him discarded and forgotten. He stayed where he had been left, staring up at the sky.DESTINED. Copyright 2011 by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

Editorial Reviews

"This amazing writing pair once again weaves together a world where rising darkness threatens and brave teens risk everything." -RT Book Reviews on Destined (4 ½ stars)

"As the plot lines converge later in the novel, the action becomes both intense and thoroughly entertaining..this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans." -Kirkus Reviews on Destined