Kalona & Other Legends
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!
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
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.
If you’re interested about other Cherokee legends, you can check out this booklist!