Aphrodite Has A New Plot Device- I Mean Vision: House of Night Untamed Chapter 20

Posted on January 29, 2016 by


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House of Night: Untamed Chapter 20

Last chapter, Erik Night used his very first drama class as a teacher to publicly humiliate, slut shame, and forcibly kiss one of his students by making her act in an improv scene with him that was transparently an excuse to do all the aforementioned things. This is 100% what happened. So how exactly does the student body of the House of Night respond to this?

the class burst into cheers and a chorus of Okie “Whoo-Hoo!” and “That was hawt!”

adventure time princess bubblegum table flip

We try not to attack the authors of the books as much as we attack the books on this blog, but I feel like it’s impossible to ignore that P.C. Cast is a high school teacher in real life. What the fuck kind of high school does she go to where she has been led to believe that this is a realistic reaction that students would have to that?

“Okay, remember to take a look at Julius Casear. Tomorrow we’re improving from that one. And you guys did a good job today.”

What the fuck? Okay, so Erik Night is 1) making his students read a whole Shakespeare play every single day, 2) thus also only spending one class to go over an entire Shakespeare play, 3) in high school, 4) and tells them they all did a good job after only ONE student even did anything all class? So, there’s all that, on top of the “making my student kiss me while I slut shame her in front of the whole class” thing. Holy shit, Erik Night. You are actually the worst teacher ever. You are going to get devoured on Rate My Professor.

Zoey tries to talk to Erik after the other students leave, but Erik tells her to get to her next class and leaves in a huff. So Professor Vampire Erik Night is exactly the same as Student Fledgling Erik Night. Man, it’s almost like just graduating him the second he Changed even though that has no connection with education and maturity was a questionable worldbuilding detail for House of Night.

Well, I knew one thing for sure, even if it was only one thing, and that was that Erik Night was still interested in me.




Too emotional to go to her next class, Zoey finds herself wandering around the school grounds trying to collect herself. But, lo, she has forgotten that outside is where an unidentified something is threatening her! Apparently.

I yelled at the night. “What do you want?” […] I might be heartbroken about Heath and confused about Stark, and I might not be able to do crap about the mess I’d made with Erik, but I could do something about this.

…can you? It’s literally an unidentified, ambiguously existent threat. That’s like the one thing you can’t do something about, by definition.

Before explaining what the hell this subplot is already, Darius shows up out of nowhere, telling her that she needs to come with him right now to Aphrodite. Zoey realizes this means that Aphrodite is having a vision. The Casts fail incredibly at explaining that Darius has superspeed powers.

Darius exploded forward, somehow taking me with him […] like being on one of those moving sidewalks at the airport

The Casts try again.

like I’d just taken a supersonic ride on a Harley.

The Casts stop while they’re ahead.

It's not the descriptions that are confusing, it's that these are the actual words that an editor went "yep, looks good' that's confusing


…sort of.

“The Sons of Erebus are mighty warriors with vast skills,” [Darius] said cryptically.
“Huh. No kidding?” I was going to say that they also sounded like they should be in a Lord of the Rings movie, but I didn’t want to be rude.

How is that rude? How is the rest of the shit that Zoey is constantly saying not rude?

Zoey goes into Aphrodite’s room, and the Casts get another F minus minus, see me after class for using words to describe things.

Her eyes were completely bloodshot – it was so bad that the whites of them were totally red. Not pink and inflamed […] They were red. As in blood. As in blood filling her eyes and staining them scarlet.

But were her eyes red tho

Aphrodite is clearly shaken from the experience, having just had a vision bad enough to fill her eyes with blood, apparently. Thankfully, Zoey is there to be her friend during this time of need.

“You know, I could smother you with your pillow and no one would miss you.”

Remember, it’s not rude because Zoey didn’t mention Lord of the Rings.

anchorman escalated quickly

Aphrodite finally gets around to explaining what happened during her vision, and somewhat unusually, she was actually given a prophecy to transcribe. Which, you guessed it, means that it’s time for CAST POETRY.

Ancient one sleeping, waiting to arise
When earth’s power bleeds sacred red
The mark strikes true; Queen Tsi Sgili will devise
He shall be washed from his entombing bed

Through the hand of the dead he is free
Terrible beauty, monstrous sight
Ruled again they shall be
Women shall kneel to his dark might

Kalona’s song sounds sweet
As we slaughter with cold heat

22 jump street slam poetry

Zoey and Aphrodite make no progress dying to decipher the prophecy, and also think the Queen Tsi Sgili part is total bullshit. More importantly, at that moment, Zoey realizes that the poem isn’t written in Aphrodite’s handwriting… but her grandma’s!

troy community, shocked realization gif

According to my Kindle, we’re at 60% of the way through the book! So let’s take stock of what’s happening in the narrative so far and see if we can guess where we’re going for the climax:

  • A new character was introduced, and died, but we know he’ll come back because he was in Aphrodite’s vision
  • Zoey is being attacked by the night. Literally the night.
  • Nuns?

…anybody have any ideas?