Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series
The House of Night is no ordinary school—and not just because it's for vampyres. It's a place where magic, religion, folklore, and mythology from multiple traditions merry meet and meld to create something incredible and new.
In Nyx in the House of Nighta 2-color illustrated companion to the House of Night seriessome of your favorite YA authors, plus a few experts, help you navigate the influences behind the House of Night series in a guide that would get even Damien's seal of approval.
Travel with P.C. Cast as she gets her first tattoo in Ireland, climbs the ruins of Sgiach's castle, and discovers the lore that led to the Isle of Skye vampyres. Read Kristin Cast's defense of women in history and mythology who, like Zoey, have made a practice of juggling multiple men. Sit in on a vampyre lecture by Bryan Lankford, the real-life basis for House of Night instructor Dragon Lankford, on the parallels between Wiccan and vampyre circle rituals. Tour Tulsa's House of Night landmarks with local Amy H. Sturgis.
•Karen Mahoney on Nyx and other goddesses of the night •John Edgar Browning on vampires in folklore, fiction, and reality •Jana Oliver on tattoos and other Marks •Ellen Steiber on feline familiars •Yasmine Galenorn on priestesses and goddess worship •Jordon Dane on Zoey's Cherokee heritage •Jeri Smith-Ready on the Raven Mockers and Kalona's less than heavenly inspiration •Christine Zika on the connection between Nyx and the Virgin Mary •Triniy Faegen on the Greek version of the Otherworld
Nyx in the House of Night also includes an appendix of character names that reveals the myth behind Zoey's last name, which House of Night cats have ties to Camelot, Egypt, and Middle-earth, and more!
Nyx In The House Of Night: A companion book to the House of Night series, three out of five stars.
By Jasmine Jones "Jazzy Jones" - June 21, 2011
I'd have to say this companion was about a three star book. This book centers mostly on the religion in the House of Night books. As I mentioned above, it's not needed in order to understand and/or enjoy the Casts' vampire novels.
This book did not hold my intest very well. It was a series of lectures. Some were more intresting than others; my personal favorite was Bryan Lankford's (the inspiration behind House of Night fencing instructor Dragon Lankford) section on the circles and the elements in the House of Night universe. I kind of wanted to know a bit more about that, so I'd have to say that was the only one that was really helpful. I also enjoyed reading Jordan Dane's background on the Cherokee legends and heritage in the story. The appendix on character names was useful, although just be noted not everyone's in there. They say that "what you see is what you get." Namely, we see nothing on Stevie Rae Johnson, Erik Night, and Heath Luck. I can kind of see why the quote... read more
By Ashley Brazell - May 30, 2011
It was fun to learn about all the characters I love so much and the pictures are beautifuly done. Only fall out is that it's not the "REAL" foklore that it was based on, such as ancient pagan rituals and traditions. It is a fake background, not what I expected but still cool to broaden my minds eye image of everything while I read it.
By A.G. Silver - December 15, 2011
This book gives the readers of the House of Night series a glimpse into the many mysteries of the series. They learn of the Goddess Nyx and many other aspects of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is truly intrigued by folklore and mythology.
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