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Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series Paperback – June 7, 2011

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About the Author

P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. In addition to her New York Times bestselling paranormal YA series for St. Martin’s, The House of Night, she writes the popular Goddess Summoning Books for Berkley, and epic fantasy novels set in the world of Partholon for LUNA. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and Laurel Wreath.

Currently she lives and teaches in Oklahoma with her talented daughter who is attending college, her spoiled cat (who has refused higher education), and her Scottie dogs – better known as The Scottinators. Ms. Cast loves to hear from her fans and can be reached through her website, pccast.net.

Contributors to Nyx in the House of Night include: Kristin Cast, Jordan Dane, Karen Mahoney, Jana Oliver, Christine Zika, Amy H. Sturgis, Jeri Smith-Ready, Ellen Steiber, Bryan Lankford, John Edgar Browning, Trinity Faegen, and Yasmine Galenorn
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop; 5.8.2011 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935618555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935618553
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 fits those three characters. The others, however, were more like classes on religion than anything. Ellen Steiber's part on felines in mythology, Yasmine Galenorn's lecture on priestesses and worshiping of female dieties, basically the same thing again in Christine Ziga's lecture, and Trinity Faegen's part on the Underworld were all kind of boring and barely relevant to the HofN books.

Jana Oliver's lecture was more on the history of body art instead of more on the vampires' markings in the HofN series. That wasn't all that intresting to me, so I kind of just skimmed through it just looking for stuff on the vampires. There was nothing, so that one was a bit of a downer for me.

None of the other lectures really stood out in my mind.
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I'll start by saying that there is nothing in this book you must know, or would even greatly benefit from knowing, in order to understand or enjoy the House of Night books. Unless you are a person who truly wants to learn about some of the more mundane details and aspects of the series, (a person like Damien would absolutely read this book if he were a fan of HON), you will probably not care much for this guide. Like the Fledgling Handbook 101 before it, this book is a rather unnecessary companion piece to the novels of PC and Kristin Cast. It sheds very little crucial or surprising light on the world of HON that legions of us have become so enamored of. The virtual irrelevance of it could probably be forgiven if it wasn't SO boring SO much of the time. The Cast's best companion piece to the series to date has, without doubt, been Dragon's Oath, a novella that gives further insight into the characters and world of HON, while managing to tell a story worth telling and to never be boring. I am delighted that the authors are putting out more novellas and (hopefully) less books like this and FHB101. I know any die- hard HON fan will buy, read and probably even enjoy a select few parts of this book- I can't pretend I disliked the whole thing! AS a whole, however, Nyx in the HON is far from a captivating read. True fans would be remiss not to acknowledge the honesty of the matter, and that is this; this book is little more than an attempt to further capitalize on a VERY profitable franchise. This is done by simply throwing together a few mostly presupposed essays, designing a pretty cover and, most importantly, sticking "House of Night" on the front. This last action absolutely guarantees sales will be BIG. Sadly, it does not guarantee us a very relevant or even terribly interesting book.
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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.
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Such a cool background and beautiful book it is a must have.. some of the hon series I own others i get from the library until I run across a good deal. This one I originally borrowed from the library but had to have it for my bookshelf so bought it without waiting for a phenominal deal
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Book delivered very quickly and packaged very well.
I love this series and so do my friends and niece,
Story will keep you wanting to know more about the
characters and all of their adventures and troubles that surround them.
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Good to keep around for understanding the mythology and workings of the House of Night and is great to have around when your stumped. I bought it to add to the collection and will most likely keep it long after I share the other books.
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By Ari on December 15, 2011
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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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Love the house of night books and love the inspirational background thoughts on Nyx herself It is very hard to imagine this as fictional works when the characters themselves are so real- this book helps Nyx Aesop become very real
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