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The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia's Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night's enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an in The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia's Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night's enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an incredible 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the series has taken the world by storm. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night's most important – and mysterious – characters. The second of the House of Night Novellas brings us Lenobia, the strong, beautiful horseback riding instructor, who guides Zoey through some of her darkest hours, and has a dark secret buried in her own past... In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars.


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The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia's Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night's enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an in The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia's Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night's enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an incredible 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the series has taken the world by storm. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night's most important – and mysterious – characters. The second of the House of Night Novellas brings us Lenobia, the strong, beautiful horseback riding instructor, who guides Zoey through some of her darkest hours, and has a dark secret buried in her own past... In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars.

30 review for Lenobia's Vow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Lenobia's life before she becomes a riding instructor at the House of Night. Lenobia was a bastard child and became one of the ‘fille a la casquette’-known historically as casket girl, i.e. women brought from France to the French colonies of Louisiana to marry. Her heartbreaking forbitten love story with Martin, a creole young man who marked her life is also told. I loved it! Lenobia's life before she becomes a riding instructor at the House of Night. Lenobia was a bastard child and became one of the ‘fille a la casquette’-known historically as casket girl, i.e. women brought from France to the French colonies of Louisiana to marry. Her heartbreaking forbitten love story with Martin, a creole young man who marked her life is also told. I loved it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This was a hard read for me, particularly since historical fiction just isn’t my cup of tea. But I am very fond of the series and look forward to rereading the series and the final books in the series I missed

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME! HOW MANY HOUSE OF NIGHT BOOKS IS THERE GONNA BE! SERIOUSLY I AM OVER IT! the series is just going on and on and on and on and on! I mean Lenobia's Vow pffft what are they gonna think of next, "Nala's Secret", "Grandma Redbird's Gift" COME ON SERIOUSLY! DOES ANY ONE ELSE AGREE WITH ME the series and 'novella's" have gone to far! enough is enough. ARE YOU KIDDING ME! HOW MANY HOUSE OF NIGHT BOOKS IS THERE GONNA BE! SERIOUSLY I AM OVER IT! the series is just going on and on and on and on and on! I mean Lenobia's Vow pffft what are they gonna think of next, "Nala's Secret", "Grandma Redbird's Gift" COME ON SERIOUSLY! DOES ANY ONE ELSE AGREE WITH ME the series and 'novella's" have gone to far! enough is enough.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    2.75 - 3.5

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I love this novella! Perhaps because it hit a very personal note for me. My family immigrated from France in 1820 to start a plantation in Louisiana not too far from New Orleans. I could hear so much of my grandfather in Martin and found myself reading his parts with a creole accent. It was marvelous! On top of that I grew up around horses and a few months ago was helping care for a black Percheron gelding. He was so gorgeous and unbelievably sweet. At 18 1/2 hands he towered over me and could ea I love this novella! Perhaps because it hit a very personal note for me. My family immigrated from France in 1820 to start a plantation in Louisiana not too far from New Orleans. I could hear so much of my grandfather in Martin and found myself reading his parts with a creole accent. It was marvelous! On top of that I grew up around horses and a few months ago was helping care for a black Percheron gelding. He was so gorgeous and unbelievably sweet. At 18 1/2 hands he towered over me and could easily have over powered me but he only ever nuzzled me and lipped at my hair and clothes he he felt he wasn't getting the attention he deserved. LOL Oh and did I mention I'm Catholic and went to Catholic school, as well? LOL I could see so many of the nuns who helped nurture my mind and soul in Sister Marie Madeleine. The bishop made me cringe but I loved that two people still so completely human could see that evil. I know that Martin will come back to Lenobia and fully believe Travis will be his reincarnation. Have faith, Lenobia!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    House of Night Novellas: Dragon's Oath: ★★★★☆ Lenobia's Vow: ★★★★★ Kalona's Fall: TBD Neferet's Curse: TBD Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. Oh, this was beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking. Lenobia is my favourite adult in the House of Night world, and I loved her romantic plotline and characteristics in later books as she was developed, so I was definitely eager to *finally* get into the groove and read her prequel novella Lenobia's Vow. Much like with Dragon's House of Night Novellas: Dragon's Oath: ★★★★☆ Lenobia's Vow: ★★★★★ Kalona's Fall: TBD Neferet's Curse: TBD Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J. Oh, this was beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking. Lenobia is my favourite adult in the House of Night world, and I loved her romantic plotline and characteristics in later books as she was developed, so I was definitely eager to *finally* get into the groove and read her prequel novella Lenobia's Vow. Much like with Dragon's Oath we are given a window into the inner workings of Lenobia's heart and soul. It was completely necessary and offers a heck of an emotional punch. Lenobia's Vow was always destined to be my favourites of the novellas because Lenobia is my favourite. Even further, I'd been itching to know more about her true-love's past life and ached to know the origins of how they came to be and how he, tragically, passed on too soon. What we knew of their past relationship was fairly simple: a ship was born on a literal ship. As always, the relationship is rooted in complexities. Unlike Dragon's Oath, the majority of Lenobia's Vow takes place before she is marked. (Dragon's story begins with him as a young human, but quickly shifts into him being marked as fledgling.) I think this makes the story itself all the more impactful and we come to understand the tragedy of how she lost her only love. It also is quick to remind us of the fragility of life; it begins with the death of Lenobia's half sister and, sadly, concludes with the death of the only man she'd ever love. Another thing that makes Lenobia's Vow so intriguing and indulgent (for me) is the fact that it takes place, primarily, on a voyage. I think that, outside of Outlander and Passenger , I so rarely read books that take place upon a ship and the journey that follows. It's easy to see how connection of all kinds could be formed on such a trip. It also adds that extra layer of suspense--being in close confinements to not only your beloved, but another who serves as the central villain and the biggest threat--which is absolutely a plus. Ultimately, Lenobia's Vow proves to be an enthralling and romantic journey. Not only does it add some insight on one of our beloved professor's early years, it makes her future all the more impressive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gillian Cohen

    I have been counting the days until LENOBIA’S VOW would be released because she is one of my favourite characters in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series. There hasn’t been much information or background about Lenobia within the series and I felt that she had the most to reveal but I could be wrong, but there’s a saying in my family that sometimes what happens in the past helps shape you as a person. One of the things I love about the novellas is the illustrations which happen to depict one of the keys emot I have been counting the days until LENOBIA’S VOW would be released because she is one of my favourite characters in the HOUSE OF NIGHT series. There hasn’t been much information or background about Lenobia within the series and I felt that she had the most to reveal but I could be wrong, but there’s a saying in my family that sometimes what happens in the past helps shape you as a person. One of the things I love about the novellas is the illustrations which happen to depict one of the keys emotions or scenes within in that particular chapter. For me it adds more to the emotional side of the story and sometimes word can’t express as much but as many people say “pictures say a 1000words”, with that I have to agree. Lenobia’s story begins in small southern country and ends in stunning New Orleans. After reading DESTINED I have a better understanding why she reacted the way she did within the 9th book of the series. I have a strong feeling that readers should read DESTINED before they sink their teeth into this breath taking second novella. As a fan of the series I have developed a deep love for the series and the characters and sometimes there a few that I’m able to connect more with and have a need to know their back story so I can better understand them and the choices they have made to get this point in their lives. DRAGON’S OATH was a story of love and loss, but sometimes I feel that as reader I didn’t get a better understanding of him, but after reading DESTINED some things came to light, we saw the old Dragon before his beloved was taken from him, but with LENOBIA’S VOW I feel that I know how a lot better and can’t wait to learn more. The novella has a bitter sweet ending for me, she is finally marked and protected from the Bishop but it seems to have come with a price that she would rather give her life for than see the person she loves sacrifice his to protect her. I had tissues piling up at the end and I know that you will not be disappointed. It’s a love story with a lot of twists and turns but also has evil (which explains her aversion to Neferet when her darkness is revealed) mixed with a healthy dose of sadness. I’m hoping that the next instalment NEFERET’S CURSE will hold some interesting facts about who she is and how she becomes that way. I for one am not a fan of hers but there is always something interesting about her that draws you into her world even if you’re looking forward to her downfall.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A Voyage to Change Her Life Lenobia’s Vow Rating: 5/5 Summary: This is the story of Lenobia’s journey to the New World and how she was marked. As the bastard daughter of a noble, Lenobia has worked her whole life, but when her half-sister, who looks remarkably similar to her, dies Lenobia takes her place and sets sail for the New World. The voyage there is rife with danger as a sinister Bishop is accompanying the Mademoiselles. Luckily, Lenobia finds solace in to gray Percheron horses and their car A Voyage to Change Her Life Lenobia’s Vow Rating: 5/5 Summary: This is the story of Lenobia’s journey to the New World and how she was marked. As the bastard daughter of a noble, Lenobia has worked her whole life, but when her half-sister, who looks remarkably similar to her, dies Lenobia takes her place and sets sail for the New World. The voyage there is rife with danger as a sinister Bishop is accompanying the Mademoiselles. Luckily, Lenobia finds solace in to gray Percheron horses and their caregiver, Martin. I love Lenobia, ever since she entered the scene in the main HoN series, she was my favorite professor. There’s just something about her that I loved. Reading this only cemented that more. Lenobia’s just plain fricking awesome and now I know how she became that way. Her backstory was really good and I honestly didn’t know much about her except that her lover had died in a terrible fire. The moment the Bishop stepped on the page I knew two things: 1- I hated him & 2- He had been involved with the death of her lover. Bishop Charles is an ass and there’s really no other of putting it. But Martin, and Sister Marie Madeleine tempered this with their pure awesomeness. Sister Marie is so fricking great, she was not afraid of anyone and she was determined to help Lenobia, which made me love her. Protect my precious cinnamon roll! And Martin, mmmhm delicious. That’s all I’m going to say on that matter. The plot was interesting enough to hold my interest and I did read it in one sitting. I think if this had been expanded into a full length novel it wouldn’t have been as interesting. We know that Lenobia’s past haunts her in HoN and this perfectly showed us how. Beautifully written and illustrated, definitely read this novella!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Arlette

    The book is really nice and quite good to read on it's own withouthaving to much knowledge of the House of Nights book, though of course it is an addition to those books. It is great to get some background information about Lenobia, now I love her character even more. It's sad that the novella is not that long, but what has been written was good, interesting story and the drawings in the book were beautiful as well! The book is really nice and quite good to read on it's own withouthaving to much knowledge of the House of Nights book, though of course it is an addition to those books. It is great to get some background information about Lenobia, now I love her character even more. It's sad that the novella is not that long, but what has been written was good, interesting story and the drawings in the book were beautiful as well!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    This is kind of a disappointment. It’s cool to know Lenobia’s backstory, but the main series makes her vow seem really important and deep and it’s like... a promise made to a boy she loved after a month travelling to America. I thought it would be deep, but it just lacked that depth. That being said, I did really like Martin and the Sister. I thought they were pretty good characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    Slightly more endurable due to the absence of Zoey Bitchbird. Still bullshit, though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    actual rating: 2.5 stars do every novella end tragically? it happened with dragon's and now lenobia's? someone needs to have their happy ending. lenobia's one of the better teachers that i liked in the house of night series, especially because of how supportive she was towards zoey. in the novella, it's about lenobia falling in love and experiencing losses in various ways. she was brave and courageous even while she had to endure eight weeks of sea travel with a pervert bishop. i think the charac actual rating: 2.5 stars do every novella end tragically? it happened with dragon's and now lenobia's? someone needs to have their happy ending. lenobia's one of the better teachers that i liked in the house of night series, especially because of how supportive she was towards zoey. in the novella, it's about lenobia falling in love and experiencing losses in various ways. she was brave and courageous even while she had to endure eight weeks of sea travel with a pervert bishop. i think the characters were okay. i wasn't super invested in what was happening but i did like lenobia, martin and the sister. just couldn't fully connect with them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)

    This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic. An uninspiring combination of bad accents and one-dimensional characters. My biggest complaint about the first novella Dragon’s Oath was the writing, and I have to say, I think this improved in Lenobia’s Vow. The number of exclamation points were toned down, there were less adverbs and everything in general seemed more polished. Some of the issues remained (the bland feel, the awkward dialogue) and the writing still pales in comparison This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic. An uninspiring combination of bad accents and one-dimensional characters. My biggest complaint about the first novella Dragon’s Oath was the writing, and I have to say, I think this improved in Lenobia’s Vow. The number of exclamation points were toned down, there were less adverbs and everything in general seemed more polished. Some of the issues remained (the bland feel, the awkward dialogue) and the writing still pales in comparison to the average author, but it was a positive step in the right direction. Having said that, Lenobia’s Vow did present with some new writing related issues – accents. The story had several French characters and because of this the authors tried to incorporate a few French words and phrases which I found frustrating. I have to admit that this technique in books annoys me and I don’t have a lot of tolerance for it. Why? Because it means the authors just have to explain what the foreign phrase means in the next sentence (in this case, with no subtlety whatsoever). The technique is difficult to pull off well, and in Lenobia’s Vow it failed majorly for me. It was clear the authors didn’t know what they were talking about because they used the same 3 or 4 phrases over and over. Equally, when the characters were speaking English, I found the accents unbelievable. The plot of this novella revolves around a young French girl named Lenobia who is instructed by her mother to impersonate another girl to improve her chances in life. She boards a ship bound for New Orleans and the majority of the story takes place below deck. Overall, it was pretty lackluster. Essentially Lenobia grooms horses and falls in love with a cute guy, and the conflict in the story comes from an ever watchful sleazy priest (with an ability to control fire) who likes young girls and will do anything to get them, and hey, if it’s against their will then that’s a bonus! Blugh. I read the story over two days; it was easy reading and passed the time well enough but I never became invested in what was going on and found my attention drifting. I didn’t think the story structure worked as well as Dragon’s Oath, instead of going full circle the plot was linear and the vampire and House of Night elements only became relevant in the last 20 pages, it wasn’t as satisfying. I also felt the novella didn’t add anything new. Having recently read Destined, I already had a good idea of Lenobia’s back story, and I don’t feel this novella added any more depth. The whole thing seemed unnecessarily. As for the characters? Bland. All bland. Lenobia was a boring, painfully innocent and uninspiring character. Lenobia’s love interest Martin was equally blah and uninteresting. Plus, his broken English usage made him sound really dumb and he tended to reuse the same repetitive phrases (although he was supposed to have a creole accent and to be fair, I don’t know what that sounds like). Add the two together and what to you get? BOREDOM AND ANNOYANCE. Let me make this clear, I do not care about Lenobia and her muscly stable boy. It was like a walking Mills & Boon cliché but without the sexy times, and where’s the fun in that? I found myself uninterested in their star-crossed relationship and how it ended up which meant the book was, essentially, pointless. The secondary characters were also one-dimensional and clichéd, there was a nun who was ‘good’ and purely a plot device and a creepy priest who was ‘bad’ because he just wanted to set fire to ALL THE THINGS. (Not that we’re ever told how he came to have this magical gift.) Positives? I can’t really think of any which is a bit worrying. Lenobia’s Vow definitely wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read but I was left with a resounding ‘meh’ and it didn’t enrich my life in any way. Overall I’d recommend giving it a miss (unless like me you have a compulsive need to finish every damn book in the House of Night series). You can check out my full, unabridged review and others like it Blogs of a Bookaholic. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fangs for the Fantasy

    Unlike the last short story I read set in this world, this book does not strike me as entirely pointless. Lenobia isn’t dead, she’s a semi-important character and this story is useful. After all, a plot point in the main series is that Neferet has introduced a horse-loving human (that sounded wrong, especially in a series with the shagging of evil bulls) in order to get under Lenobia’s skin, especially since she has sworn an oat never to love a human again. That begs several questions! That needs Unlike the last short story I read set in this world, this book does not strike me as entirely pointless. Lenobia isn’t dead, she’s a semi-important character and this story is useful. After all, a plot point in the main series is that Neferet has introduced a horse-loving human (that sounded wrong, especially in a series with the shagging of evil bulls) in order to get under Lenobia’s skin, especially since she has sworn an oat never to love a human again. That begs several questions! That needs expanding and explaining! That can give us a great insight into Lenobia’s past and the no-doubt epic circumstances that have shaped her and caused her to swear such an epic vow that is causing her so much trouble to this day… …except it kind of undermines all of that. Because the whole set up made me picture Lenobia having an epic, tragic, terrible love affair. Perhaps she loved someone over years of great passion but, alas, the aging of the vampire inevitably took him away from her. Or the prejudice of the mortal world wouldn’t let them be together. Some epic reason why she had lost all faith in humanity as potential love interests – either human society or human frailty has convinced her that this would never be possible. Which turns out not to be true at all! Instead it turns out that she fell in love with someone after knowing them for a few weeks (no more than 6, in fact considerably less) when she was 19 and then they died due to magical means. And she hasn’t sworn her oath because she thinks love between a human and a vampire is impossible – but because she is FAITHFUL to this dead man. The man in question was a mixed race Black man (referred to as “mulatto” and “quadroon” in this book due to the era) who was convinced there love could never be because of racism. Lenobia continually dismissed this (which came across as a complete inability to listen to the world he was describing) and to try and convince him she decided to epicly declare she would love him or no other man! (So he better run away with her or she would be lonely forever – which, by the way, is coercive and gross). Read More

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    I started reading this novella this afternoon, and as soon as I started, I was hooked. Actually, I was so caught up in Lenobia's story that I read it in a handful of hours. It's 1788 and Lenobia is the bastard daughter of a baron--as people like to remind her. When an odd opportunity arises, her mother ships her off to New Orleans, by pretending she's someone else. Lenobia doesn't want to leave her mother behind, but when she reaches the ship that will take her to the New World, she starts to fee I started reading this novella this afternoon, and as soon as I started, I was hooked. Actually, I was so caught up in Lenobia's story that I read it in a handful of hours. It's 1788 and Lenobia is the bastard daughter of a baron--as people like to remind her. When an odd opportunity arises, her mother ships her off to New Orleans, by pretending she's someone else. Lenobia doesn't want to leave her mother behind, but when she reaches the ship that will take her to the New World, she starts to feel hopeful. Until she spots an evil bishop who's had his eye on her for several years. She manages to avoid him for weeks, by pretending she's feeling too seasick to leave her shared quarters, while the nun the group of girls are travelling with takes care of her. One morning, unable to stand being cooped up so much, she decides to walk through the ship while everyone's still asleep and ends up in the cargo hold, where there are two beautiful horses. This is also where she meets the alluring Martin, and their interactions develop into something forbidden. Especially since the bishop is determined to get his hands on her, and refuses to give up the notion of making Lenobia his... Lenobia's Vow is a lovely and very emotional story of love and hope. It's a coming of age story about a girl who wants to become a strong woman in a time where the odds are stacked against her. It's also a tragic love story. First, the sacrifice of her mother encouraging her to leave, and then with what she shares with Martin. It's also a terrifying tale of an evil bishop's manipulation, violence, and dark magic to get what he wants. I absolutely adored this novella. It's beautifully tragic, and a wonderful addition to the House of Night series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Really loved this book =]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shiloh

    Another excellent novella that had me terrified, shocked, and even in tears by the end. The start was slow, but by the time Lenobia meets Martin, I was hooked. I think I almost like the novellas better than the novels at times. That extra background on some of my favorite characters is wonderful!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Catarina Viegas

    Now I wanna re-read her relationship with Travis in the HoN books

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ari ☾

    2.5 Stars Okay yes, I love the House of Night. It is one of my most guilty pleasures. Lenobia was always one of my favorite characters so I was excited to read this because from the main novels, her backstory was always sad and sweet at the same time. I loved her and Travis' relationship and was hoping for huge insight about her vow. But like this was SOOO boring, and not as passionate as I thought it was going to be. I read Neferet's Curse before this one, and I loved the detail in that novella. 2.5 Stars Okay yes, I love the House of Night. It is one of my most guilty pleasures. Lenobia was always one of my favorite characters so I was excited to read this because from the main novels, her backstory was always sad and sweet at the same time. I loved her and Travis' relationship and was hoping for huge insight about her vow. But like this was SOOO boring, and not as passionate as I thought it was going to be. I read Neferet's Curse before this one, and I loved the detail in that novella. Really getting a look into Neferet's past, and was really hoping to get a look at Lenobia's past.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh no the random cowboy from Destined is the reincarnation of Martin isn't he? That is absolutely the kind of thing the Casts would do, I know it. I really hope not because the implications of writing a black dude in love with a white woman, saying they can never be together because of their race, ending the book with him tragically set on fire (!!), and having him reborn again as white for a chance at a happy ending are just too gross for words. Please don't do it Casts. I found the substance of Oh no the random cowboy from Destined is the reincarnation of Martin isn't he? That is absolutely the kind of thing the Casts would do, I know it. I really hope not because the implications of writing a black dude in love with a white woman, saying they can never be together because of their race, ending the book with him tragically set on fire (!!), and having him reborn again as white for a chance at a happy ending are just too gross for words. Please don't do it Casts. I found the substance of the book moderately enjoyable. The historical setting doesn't work very well since the Casts put no effort into making Lenobia sound like a girl from the sixteenth century (ex. Lenobia and Martin both repeatedly use the term person of colour and it's an obviously twenty first century way to refer to racialized people). The basic events of the story work fine for the time period but they're all filtered through a twenty first century viewpoint. It felt like the setting was just painted on for colour; its the sort of thing I could see myself writing back in middle school. Also the Casts fondness for depthless incarnations of patriarchy as villains continues unabated. Speaking of villains, the next of these novellas focuses on Neferet and I find myself intrigued. They have to give her depth in a book about her right? Then again, she had POV chapters in Destined and they did nothing for her as a character so I might be setting my hopes too high. We'll see in July I suppose. 3 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nisareen

    Spoiler Alert! This is the second book of the spin-off House of Night Novellas series, featuring Lenobia. In Évreux, France, in 1788, Lenobia is the bastard daughter of a powerful baron. Following the death of his legitimate daughter, Cecile, she agrees to play her role and marry her intended in the Americas. Upon reaching the boat, she learns to her dismay that the Bishop of Évreux will come, too. Skilled in Dark magic, his appetite for young women makes him dangerous – most of all to Lenobia, wh Spoiler Alert! This is the second book of the spin-off House of Night Novellas series, featuring Lenobia. In Évreux, France, in 1788, Lenobia is the bastard daughter of a powerful baron. Following the death of his legitimate daughter, Cecile, she agrees to play her role and marry her intended in the Americas. Upon reaching the boat, she learns to her dismay that the Bishop of Évreux will come, too. Skilled in Dark magic, his appetite for young women makes him dangerous – most of all to Lenobia, who caught his eye back in France, She avoids him, pretending to be seasick and while searching the ship uncovers a pair of Percheron horses and comes to befriend their Creole caretaker, Martin. As the days pass they fall in love and upon landing he vows to follow her. On the way the convoy meets a vampyre who Marks Lenobia. Angered, the Bishop tries to kill her by uses his dark power over fire, but is ultimately killed by Martin, who dies too. Lenobia is traumatized, but quickly discovers an affinity for horses. She finds the strength to move on, vowing to wait for Martin. Throughout the House of Night series we've been given tantalising nitbits about Lenobia which are finally explained in this book. I'd always been curious about the scar on her back for example. Although I expected Martin to die at the end, his death along with Sister Marie Magdalene was quite upsetting and made me understand Lenobia's reasons for keeping people at arms length. Having read Destined prior to this novella, I can sympathise with her restraint around Travis due to her vow to Martin.

  22. 4 out of 5

    V

    Apart from being in cahoots with the ever infamous House of Night Series, this book was far more tame. It was interesting to know Lenobia's backstory and all, BUT it was so SAPPY. It was very Historical romance style, with that dashing young buff man who is sadly unattainable but yet you love him so much you are willing to go over racial taboos of your century (He's half cuban) and your obstacle is a pervertic pedophiliac bishop who wants you so badly we actually get to know his deep deep obsess Apart from being in cahoots with the ever infamous House of Night Series, this book was far more tame. It was interesting to know Lenobia's backstory and all, BUT it was so SAPPY. It was very Historical romance style, with that dashing young buff man who is sadly unattainable but yet you love him so much you are willing to go over racial taboos of your century (He's half cuban) and your obstacle is a pervertic pedophiliac bishop who wants you so badly we actually get to know his deep deep obsession with you through a first person POV (very traumatic experience) and he has somehow gained power of the black arts! Oh yeah, you're stuck on a ship for six weeks and you're also lying about your identity. I gave it three stars because it wasn't TOO bad but it wasn't eyegasmly awesome, and there was nothing for me to delightfully slander at, so what can I say? meh. Three stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Not crazy about it... teh story is good, but (as I feel with many of the books int his series) it just seems like itw as written in a hurry and half tells the story... Has good potential...but needs mroe. 84 pages to tell the story of the Horse MIstress doesnt seem fair. It just seems to me that they authors are trying to sell more and dont really take the time to add mroe to the story, just keep writting and selling..... Sad.... again...the story has potential..but I wish I knew more about her, Not crazy about it... teh story is good, but (as I feel with many of the books int his series) it just seems like itw as written in a hurry and half tells the story... Has good potential...but needs mroe. 84 pages to tell the story of the Horse MIstress doesnt seem fair. It just seems to me that they authors are trying to sell more and dont really take the time to add mroe to the story, just keep writting and selling..... Sad.... again...the story has potential..but I wish I knew more about her, about what happened after the fire, how was her expereince as a fledgling, how was her house of night, etc etc ....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)

    In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars. Second novella in the House of Night series, and it chronicles riding instructor Lenobia's Marking in the late 1700's. Cute books!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    *Short review for a short book* This book was all over the place. Girl dies right away and the mom is like my daughter should just take her place, no biggie. It goes down hill from there. 8 week boat ride turns bad. We have the Bishop guy who i guess is raping and killing girls, and instead of killing him, or putting him in jail, they just send him somewhere else!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING!? No! Bad church! He's on the boat with these girls, and she has to avoid him, then finds the horses down under th *Short review for a short book* This book was all over the place. Girl dies right away and the mom is like my daughter should just take her place, no biggie. It goes down hill from there. 8 week boat ride turns bad. We have the Bishop guy who i guess is raping and killing girls, and instead of killing him, or putting him in jail, they just send him somewhere else!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING!? No! Bad church! He's on the boat with these girls, and she has to avoid him, then finds the horses down under the boat, and falls in love with the horse guy even thou like nothing really points to that... Wish it would tell you if she took care of Bishop or not. I hope she did.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    2.5 stars It was nice to get Lenobia's back-story, I really like her in the HoN novels. However, I don't understand why there had to be a very bad bishop present, or why Lenobia had to start her new life on a lie. Or why the authors didn't pay a translator a few bucks to make the French correct in the story. I don't know why, but translation mistakes in books that really don't need to have them are as big pet peeves to me as bad grammar or syntactical errors. So, although the story was OK, it could 2.5 stars It was nice to get Lenobia's back-story, I really like her in the HoN novels. However, I don't understand why there had to be a very bad bishop present, or why Lenobia had to start her new life on a lie. Or why the authors didn't pay a translator a few bucks to make the French correct in the story. I don't know why, but translation mistakes in books that really don't need to have them are as big pet peeves to me as bad grammar or syntactical errors. So, although the story was OK, it could have been better IMO.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I have always liked Lenobia, her love of horses and her ability to understand the kids and stand by them is what makes her great. Seeing her as a child herself and overcome class obstacles was interesting. I liked seeing her marked and now understand her reluctance to take a human lover, like she was tempted to do in the last HON book. After reading this I really am hoping that this new guy is her old guy, come to find her again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Wow, this was extremely sad. What's with the author and giving all of these teachers such horrendous pasts? I actually was fearful for Lenobia for a majority of this book. The Bishop made an excellent villain - evil, terrifying, not one ounce of good in him. Oh but how I loved Martin and am now intrigued about this "vow" and how it will fit in with where the series is going. Wow, this was extremely sad. What's with the author and giving all of these teachers such horrendous pasts? I actually was fearful for Lenobia for a majority of this book. The Bishop made an excellent villain - evil, terrifying, not one ounce of good in him. Oh but how I loved Martin and am now intrigued about this "vow" and how it will fit in with where the series is going.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tasha☺

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really loved this one, Lenobia's story gripped me instantly. I love reading about the stories of the teachers, that take us thought time that only vampires can, but why oh why do they have to be so tragic. I was really thinking this one was going to have a happy ending but at least there was great parts where the priest got what he deserved. Can't wait until the next I really loved this one, Lenobia's story gripped me instantly. I love reading about the stories of the teachers, that take us thought time that only vampires can, but why oh why do they have to be so tragic. I was really thinking this one was going to have a happy ending but at least there was great parts where the priest got what he deserved. Can't wait until the next

  30. 4 out of 5

    ♥☆SℓιM☆♥

    I enjoyed this book. Couldn't stand Bishop Charles. He the cause of Martin dying. But like Martin said he will be wit Lenobia again and he kept his promise because he's travis I don't care what anywho says. I enjoyed this book. Couldn't stand Bishop Charles. He the cause of Martin dying. But like Martin said he will be wit Lenobia again and he kept his promise because he's travis I don't care what anywho says.

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