Kalona & Other Legends

Kalona

Kalona plays a big part in the fourth and fifth House of Night books. If you haven’t read them, you might want to skip this page until you have!

raven

Kalona first appears in “Untamed” on pages 203-204. Aphrodite has a vision that reveals to her this poem:

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

- Untamed

According to the Cherokee legends:

The Kalona Ayeliski or “raven mocker” is a powerful figure of unholiness within Cherokee legends. Described as an evil spirit, it is feared by all, including other spirits and witches. The raven mocker’s purpose is to torture and torment a dying person, to quicken the process of death. Once dead, the raven mocker attempts to consume the person’s heart to bolster their own life-force.
Oscar Wellington, Helium.com

Throughout the next few House of Night books, readers learn more about Kalona and what his presence means for Zoey and her friends. Want to know what it means? Read the books. If more legends pop up in the House of Night books, I’ll be sure to update this page.

Other Legends

If you’re interested about other Cherokee legends, you can check out this booklist!

Booklist

The Story of the Milky Way
By: Joseph Bruchac
SWAN Catalog — J-E 398.2 BRU // Amazon.com

Dancing Drum
By: Terri Cohlene
SWAN Catalog — J 398.2 COH // Amazon.com

Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun
By: Geri Keams
SWAN Catalog — J 398.2 KEA // Amazon.com

The Animal’s Ballgame
By: Lloyd Arneach
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories
By: Gayle Ross
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

Kanahena
By: Susan L. Roth
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

The First Strawberries
By: Joseph Bruchac
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

First Woman and the Strawberry
By: Gloria Dominic
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

How Spirit Dog Made the Milky Way
By: Michael O’Hearn
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

How Turtle’s Back Was Cracked
By: Gayle Ross
SWAN Catalog — Please Ask for a Hold // Amazon.com

Myths of the Cherokee
Native Languages of the Americas: Cherokee Legends and Traditional Stories

2 Comments

  1. shelby said,

    I’ve read all house of night books they were amazing and i thought the legends in the 4th and 5th books were very interesting… i;m very fasinated with stories about vampires and any immortal creatures and cherokee legends because i’m part cherokee indian as well.

    • casie said,

      omg me too as well am part cherokee

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