Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review | Kalona's Fall by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast @ChickenFrances

Title:  Kalona's Fall
Series:  House of Night Novella: Book 4
Author:  P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Published:  July 2014
Genre:  Paranormal Romantic, YA Fantasy


FROM WARRIOR AND LOVER TO ENEMY AND BETRAYER, THE TERRIBLE SECRETS OF KALONA’S PAST ARE REVEALED He was laughing with her as he spread his wings and lifted her from the ground, twirling her.  
Nyx gasped and clutched his neck. Kalona tightened his arms around her.
“Trust me, Goddess. I would never let you fall.” From the Sun and from the Moon, two winged brothers are born: golden Erebus, playmate and friend, and mysterious Kalona, Warrior and lover, companions of the Goddess Nyx.

From the first, Nyx loves them both deeply, but differently. With Erebus, she can talk and laugh and dance, and take joy in the games he plays among the humans of the Earth. With Kalona, the fire in her body burns bright, and she can rest in the solace of his strength and protection. But for Kalona, Nyx’s nights are not enough. Every second he is not with her he is filled with doubt and longing, and every time he fails to please her, he cannot forgive himself. Ruled by anger and jealousy of his brother, and consumed by his love for his Goddess, Kalona seeks the power to prove his worth, and to claim once and for all that Nyx eternally belongs to him.

And at the edges of the Earth, a Darkness is stirring, waiting for its chance, for the doorway in through a heart that it knows will welcome it…

With more than 12 million books in print, rights sold in almost forty countries, and more than three years on The New York Times bestseller list—reaching as high as #1—the House of Night series is an international publishing sensation. 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. In Kalona's Fall

(Recommended for readers age 13 and older)


There are many reasons I wanted to strangle Kalona throughout the series.  Then I realized I actually liked him and started rooting for him.  This novella dug a little deeper into the past of Kalona and boy was I surprised.  His relationship with Nyx and Erebus was not what I expected but turned out to be so much more!

Kalona & Erebus were created for Nyx by Mother Earth using the elements needed to bring them both to life.  Challenged with 3 tasks to prove their worth to Goddess Nyx both Kalona and Erebus were allowed to use the elements.  Choosing which they would like to weld both tried to gain the Goddess's favor.  Both willing and ready to take their place by her side.  Although Erebus and Kalona's feelings for Nyx were very much different, Nyx cared for both deeply. 

In the end, Kalona made choices that got the better of him, causing him to be cast out of Nyx's realm and forever seen as a Fallen Warrior.  Right where the House of Night Series picks up on his character and even though he starts out as one of the evil characters going against everything Zoey and her friends are fighting for, by the time you get through the series, Kalona's character takes on a new life.  His son and the Goddess Nyx have everything to do with the change taking place within him and I've loved getting to know him on a deeper level in this novella.

Stay Tuned - Review of Redeemed - To Be Released October 14th 2014
P.C. Cast was born in Watseka, Illinois, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. Since her tour in the USAF, she has been speaking and teaching professionally.

Ms. Cast is an award winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath.

Ms. Cast writes the popular Goddess Summoning Series for Berkley Publishing. The forth book in the series, GODDESS OF THE ROSE, A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, is a Feburary 2006 release.

In December 2004, LUNA (Harlequin's single title fantasy imprint for women) released ELPHAME'S CHOICE, the first of five epic fantasy novels set in the world of Cast's popular first book, GODDESS BY MISTAKE. BRIGHID'S QUEST was her December 2005 release, with two more installments in the world of Partholon scheduled for release in 2006 - including a special LUNA edition of GODDESS BY MISTAKE, under the new title DIVINE BY MISTAKE, and it's never before published sequel, DIVINE BY CHOICE, which will be available December 2006.

KRISTIN CAST has won awards for her poetry and journalism. She lives in Oklahoma, where she attends college.

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