It's homecoming week at Ashley Waters, but Sang Sorenson has a lot more on her mind than dresses and crowns. Silas's troubled past—full of secrets he and his team thought they'd buried—comes back to haunt him, threatening to ruin everything.
Silas tries to deal, but guilt weighs heavily on him and Sang realizes she might be the only one who can help him keep it together.
Bomb threats have increased. They are followed at every turn. The principal is resorting to drastic measures to make sure they're all going to be kicked out. Pushed to their limits, Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North, along with other members of the Academy, have finally had enough. This time, more Academy members are brought in to help hunt down the culprit, and keep everyone safe. It'll cost the boys, but in the end, even a bittersweet victory is better than disaster.
This time, they're getting what they need. All it takes is learning the line of when to let go, and when to never give up
The Academy, Together
We just need to start by addressing the basics, C.L. Stone reeled her longtime fans of the Ghost Bird Series back in with another fantastic installment, House of Korba. Specifically in this amazing book seven, Silas is the main male focus and it was completely exciting to see him officially join the “Sang club.”
Compared to other books in the Ghost Bird Series, House of Korba had a dramatic lack of the action typical to Stone’s writing. While there was some school drama, the bomb threat and evil principle plot was starting to get boring in the last book and really just took a nose dive this time. The Ghost Bird series does mainly focus on relationships with one another and the ever present mystery: What is the academy? But that is not to say a little new action would only spice the plot up.
The whole sharing Sang concept really grew on the audience in this book, similarly the way it appears to be going on each of the academy boys. This is not an admission on a deep want of five husbands being uprooted from within, but the entire situation is starting to make sense. That is the talent of Stone, through the expressive writing we have begun to believe that this would be the best, if not only choice for Sang. The group exists based on team work, and Sang only dating one of them would ruin this dynamic.
Somehow, the dynamic of the academy—whatever the academy is—makes all the mysterious puzzles of the relationships between the boys and Sang make sense. Once again I am left speechless and wondering by the captivating writing of Stone, and waiting utterly impatiently for the next installment.
Reviewed by Rachel Keane
Pages: 317 pages
Publisher: Arcato Publishing (October 26, 2014)