Title: Lenobia’s VowSeries: House of Night Novella #2Publisher: AtomPublication Date: 31 Jan 2012Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
This book is Lenobia’s story of before and when she was marked. It was lovely to be able to read a background on Lenobia and her past as she was in the ninth HON book “Destined” quite a bit. Lenobia has to board a ship for New Orleans under someone else’s name, on this ship she has to hide from an evil bishop who actually knows she isn’t who she is pretending to be. While on she meets a charming young man and falls deeply in love with him.
Lenobia is Zoey Redbird’s favourite teacher and she has a special affinity with horses, during the HON books it does hint at a past history and this book clears up the question of why Lenobia doesn’t have a consort/partner as such. I think it could be read before or after “Destined” as it wouldn’t spoil the story in that one either way.
It’s rather a short story and I finished it in the one sitting! That’s the only bad thing I can say, It was finished rather too quickly but it’s definitely one to keep you going until the next HON book is released! I did also read Dragon’s Oath and they are both very good at covering the professor’s pasts and answering any questions there may be during the actual HON books.
I don’t want to spoil the book but if you are a House of Night fan then you will enjoy this novella. A definite one for the collection on the bookshelf.