Risika is a hunter…a predator…a vampire. But she wasn’t always a vampire. More than 300 years ago, she was a human girl named Rachel who had a loving family. In alternating chapters between the past and the present, we find out just how Rachel was turned, against her will, into the fierce vampire Risika. Even though Risika is a cold and calculating predator, she does still hold onto one burning human emotion: the passion for revenge. Eventually she does get to inflict her revenge…against whom? how? why? and where?
Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world where vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change--and not all of those who are Marked do.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.