halfshellhero's House of Night #1 - House of Night review

Magical Big Cats

What can I say? I'm a sucker for Zatanna magic and dark haired ladies. Something about the cover is very alluring and it is probably the reason why I picked up this book in the first place. Inside, Joëlle Jones and Karl Kerschl's artwork reminded me a lot of Humberto Ramos and kept me reading. The story itself seems to be setting itself up for something much larger, but for this issue, it appears to be just a primer in the world of vampyres with a little history on the side.

The book kind of jumps into the thick of it and on my first read through, I missed the area where most books recap the last issue, but in this case, it actually gave the background for the characters and story of the book. Things became clearer after reading it, but I felt that it would have been nice to have all that that woven into the story a bit better. That being said, I'm sure these pages cost more money than I realize and most readers would like more story and less introduction.

The writing was nothing to write home about, but I like the premise of the book. I have always liked stories that involve an otherwise normal person, but with some fantastical element; In this case, she's a vampyre Marked by Nyx and thrust in the House of Night school. Reading about how these characters make it through their normal day while also shouldering some other burden is fascinating for me. I suppose every story is really just a glimpse into one person's view on the human condition with a little fantasy thrown in for good measure.

I think this book has a lot of potential and I eagerly await the next issue. There's not enough books I read that have magic involved and this seems to be right up my alley.

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