Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.
Rereading this book, I finally understand how/why I began to enjoy this series. Yes, the characters can be a bit immature. But in the end, Betrayed helps you to really become invested in Zoey and Stevie Rae. As weird as it sounds, I now realize why the books begin to take the turn they do later on by contributing Stevie Rae’s point of view.
In Betrayed, Zoey Redbird is settling into her new home at the Tulsa House of Night and for the most part, things are looking up. The story begins with Zoey having to endure an awkward parents’ night, in which, her awful stepfather continues to use his holier than thou attitude to snub her and her new life. It is only because of Neferet’s interference that Zoey’s suffering, while embarrassing, is short-lived.
With her “almost” boyfriend, Erik, away at a national competition, Zoey has plenty of time for her friends, thus allowing you a chance to get to know more about her little scooby gang. Due to her unique markings and possessing the affinity for all five elements, Zoey has been elevated to the unofficial leader of her friends. A position that leaves her vulnerable to their scrutiny as she begins to show signs of sympathy for Aphrodite.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear to Zoey that perhaps Aphrodite isn’t as bad as she originally thought and by the end, she’s uncovered that Neferet is shadowed in darkness. Zoey also finds herself completely torn between Erik, Heath and the Vampyre Poet Laureate, Loren. These situations help in making Zoey seem more realistic as a teenage girl. However, it’s the death of her best friend, Stevie Rae and then discovering she’s been transformed into something else, that helps pull the reader into the story. Or at least it did for me.
The book is far from perfect and it has some pretty annoying moments. But overall, I am glad I chose to reread this book. It will definitely help motivate me to finish my reread until I get to the last and final installment.