Rating: 5 Stars
A great journey…
A new love….
A dark secret revealed.
Evreux, France, 1788: Before she is Zoey’s favorite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress… Lenobia is just a normal 16-year-old girl – with enough problems to last a lifetime. As the illegitimate daughter of a powerful baron, she has never quite belonged, and instead has to watch her spoiled half-sister, Cecile, get anything she wants. As if that’s not enough, her remarkable beauty draws unwanted attention wherever she goes. For once, she would like to just fit in.
But when fate intervenes, Lenobia suddenly finds herself surrounded by other girls, on a ship bound for New Orleans, where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. And they’re not alone…. An evil bishop who is skilled in Dark magic makes the same journey. His appetite for lovely young women makes him dangerous – most of all to Lenobia, who caught his eye back in France. So she remains hidden, making secret visits to the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his beautiful Percheron horses soon capture her attention.
Will they make it to land before the bishop discovers her true identity and a powerful evil breaks loose? And will Lenobia follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Find out more about one of your favorite professors in the next heart-thumping House of Night Novella.
First Thoughts: I feel like I have been waiting for this one for forever. Then again, I will feel the same for the next and the next one. I have to be honest that I like the covers for these novellas are my favorite, I like them so much better than the novels.
Writing Style: I have never had any complaints with P.C.'s writing style and personally I like the writing in the novella's more because they are more mature. It's supposed to obviously but it's nice for the change but also sticking with the story. Well, sort of since this one is just about Lenobia but it helps in the long run of the series.
Characters: I am in love with these characters. Lenobia is so strong and so honest. She hates to lie and quickly admitted her lie when she knew it was over. She knew what she wanted and told it like it was. I definitely liked Sister Marie as well. So protective. She was exactly what those innocent children and Lenobia needed.
Final Thoughts: Another great addition to my House of Night collection. I really enjoy getting the back stories on other characters than just the main character. I wish some of my other novels would do that too. Can't wait for Neferet's and I definitely can't wait for Kalona's!