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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 Night—a 2-color illustrated companion to the House of Night series—some of your favorite YA authors, plus a few experts, help y 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 Night—a 2-color illustrated companion to the House of Night series—some 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. Plus: •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!


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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 Night—a 2-color illustrated companion to the House of Night series—some of your favorite YA authors, plus a few experts, help y 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 Night—a 2-color illustrated companion to the House of Night series—some 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. Plus: •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!

30 review for Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series

  1. 4 out of 5

    D'zyre Walker-smith

    I thought all the books were awesome and thank P.C. and Kristen Cast for creating such a spectacular and addictive books but my favorites are Tempted, Untamed, Burned ,and Hunted. Thanks again to the wonderful authors of this series, it's better than the twilight series by Stephenie Meyer but not better than the vampire academy series by Richelle Mead I thought all the books were awesome and thank P.C. and Kristen Cast for creating such a spectacular and addictive books but my favorites are Tempted, Untamed, Burned ,and Hunted. Thanks again to the wonderful authors of this series, it's better than the twilight series by Stephenie Meyer but not better than the vampire academy series by Richelle Mead

  2. 5 out of 5

    Starla Smith

    I love this book,it's not like Twilight like everyone says it is, it's way better than that. The last book is coming out in Janurary and I can't wait to read it. I love this book,it's not like Twilight like everyone says it is, it's way better than that. The last book is coming out in Janurary and I can't wait to read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Destony Hornby

    omg. i absolutely love this series. i am previously am reading the 6th book "Tempted" for the house of night series. omg. i absolutely love this series. i am previously am reading the 6th book "Tempted" for the house of night series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Pacitti

    Love love love it :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dany

    Don't be confused. This is not A House of night novel. This is an non fiction book about the goddes Nyx and another mithological stuff used in the series, write in essay way by a few authors (kristin cast included and edited by P. C.Cast). If you are interested in the real base of the myths used in the series or history, and religion, and things that influence the autors, maybe this book is for you. If your not, please make you a favor and pass out, because it'll be boring for you. Let me be clear Don't be confused. This is not A House of night novel. This is an non fiction book about the goddes Nyx and another mithological stuff used in the series, write in essay way by a few authors (kristin cast included and edited by P. C.Cast). If you are interested in the real base of the myths used in the series or history, and religion, and things that influence the autors, maybe this book is for you. If your not, please make you a favor and pass out, because it'll be boring for you. Let me be clear: some authors opinions about the research and use of mithological and historial stuff in the HoN by Cast team was great (I really love the kristin's essay). But some of them... Make me want go to the bed. for example: The first one: I loved. The comparation with the different deities all around the world give me a better compresion of what Cast team was really doing. The second one: is about the Vampire myth (past and actual). To much quotes. I kown, you need the referenceses, but that interrup my reading a LOT! But in any way, I thanks the autor for his investigation/research. Now I feel more smarter xD The rest was a good complemment. If you like the books, or if you lost your interest in it (like me), maybe this like you. So far, I'm not sure about continue the rest of the books (I didn't read the last four. But I'm not hurry).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

    I was lucky enough to win this book in the Goodreads First Read Giveaway. This book was not what I expected. While I enjoyed some of the pieces, others I found to be a bit boring and drag on. My favorite article was the one by Kristin Cast discussing Zoey having multiple love interests. I agree that there is oftentimes a double standard about what is acceptable behavior for a girl as opposed to a boy's behavior not only in books, but also in real life. Zoey is a teenager and hasn't decided what I was lucky enough to win this book in the Goodreads First Read Giveaway. This book was not what I expected. While I enjoyed some of the pieces, others I found to be a bit boring and drag on. My favorite article was the one by Kristin Cast discussing Zoey having multiple love interests. I agree that there is oftentimes a double standard about what is acceptable behavior for a girl as opposed to a boy's behavior not only in books, but also in real life. Zoey is a teenager and hasn't decided what her path is going to be or who she is going to be with forever. Not many teenagers stay with the first person that they fall in love with. Most people date many different people and it takes awhile. I'm glad Kristin Cast made the arguments and explantations that she did. I also enjoyed the article about the importance of cats in the House of Night. While not a bad read, this book is one that I could not sit down and read straight through.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is a book to go along with the House of Night series and providing background information. Too often I have seen where such books are very shallow and are rather poorly done and totally uninteresting to someone who is not familiar with the series. This book, though, is not only well done but I think would interest someone who has not yet read the series and would probably encourage them to read it. There is one whole chapter on the marks and what they mean (and how marks have been used throu This is a book to go along with the House of Night series and providing background information. Too often I have seen where such books are very shallow and are rather poorly done and totally uninteresting to someone who is not familiar with the series. This book, though, is not only well done but I think would interest someone who has not yet read the series and would probably encourage them to read it. There is one whole chapter on the marks and what they mean (and how marks have been used through history), Cherokee spirituality, the Divine Cat. Goddess worship and ten more complete chapters on related topics. Not only is there all this but there is also a glossary that includes information on various characters, gods, animals and the Vampire High Council. This is a really interesting book, definitely worth getting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard Hayes

    This is a hard book to rate. If you are looking for stories from different authors using the characters, as I thought this book was when I first started it, then the reader will be disappointed. Instead this book, goes into the the history of the different characters, using history, myths, mythology and religion, to explain the different people, places animals and religions in the stories by people very knowledgeable in the different area, then the reader will find this book to be a very helpful This is a hard book to rate. If you are looking for stories from different authors using the characters, as I thought this book was when I first started it, then the reader will be disappointed. Instead this book, goes into the the history of the different characters, using history, myths, mythology and religion, to explain the different people, places animals and religions in the stories by people very knowledgeable in the different area, then the reader will find this book to be a very helpful source of information. One part I found very interesting was when P.C. Cast described her studies of the different places and characters for the series. So is it a good story? No. Is it a good reference book? Yes it is

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nisareen

    Nyx in the House of Night is companion book; it's a collection of essays about the Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the House of Night Series. The essays come from authors P.C. Cast, John Edgar Browning, Kristin Cast, Jordan Dane, Trinity Faegen, Yasmine Galenorn, Bryan Lankford, Karen Mahoney, Jana Oliver, Jeri Smith-Ready, Ellen Steiber, Amy H. Sturgis and Christine Zika. The book focuses on questions of lore, myths and religions that define the House of Night universe. The subjects range fr Nyx in the House of Night is companion book; it's a collection of essays about the Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the House of Night Series. The essays come from authors P.C. Cast, John Edgar Browning, Kristin Cast, Jordan Dane, Trinity Faegen, Yasmine Galenorn, Bryan Lankford, Karen Mahoney, Jana Oliver, Jeri Smith-Ready, Ellen Steiber, Amy H. Sturgis and Christine Zika. The book focuses on questions of lore, myths and religions that define the House of Night universe. The subjects range from Greek Goddesses, myths, Cat Lore and facts, Historical explanations and Name Meanings of the House of Night cast.

  10. 4 out of 5

    -RadioactiveBookworm-

    FINALLY. I'm done this book. Holy, man. It was so boring. I mean, Hey. I learned some things about the series, but I don't really think it was worth all of this.. this torture! First of all, I thought there were going to be more pictures. That's what I assumed when I read a portion of it off the house of night site.. but nope. Plus. Who wants to read a book of essays? Not me. I mean, it's cool if you do but just don't recommend them to me.. God. It's a good thing I don't put down books. I have t FINALLY. I'm done this book. Holy, man. It was so boring. I mean, Hey. I learned some things about the series, but I don't really think it was worth all of this.. this torture! First of all, I thought there were going to be more pictures. That's what I assumed when I read a portion of it off the house of night site.. but nope. Plus. Who wants to read a book of essays? Not me. I mean, it's cool if you do but just don't recommend them to me.. God. It's a good thing I don't put down books. I have to read them through and through, no matter how bad they are. And I always let you know how I feel about them. :D To be honest, It was a good research book, and it was really thorough. I just felt like it was a little like a textbook. I felt like I should be taking notes, and then I should watch a really boring clip about this after. That or, watch some good old Bill Nye the Science Guy. Only about Vampyres. If that makes sense. I don't really know what else to say. I mean, hey. If you like to read textbooks for fun, be my guest. It's just I don't get what all the hype was about this book.. I don't even know what I was expecting, I just wasn't expecting what it actually was. So. Read it if you like, just don't blame me when you're falling asleep after the first couple pages! And now for some adds. <3 Check out my blog! (: http://readers-not-writers.blogspot.ca/ Also, Check out my group! We've got an author of the month for September all set up! :D http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6... Thanks for reading! <3

  11. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I always find it fun to read more about a world created in a book series. The essays in this collection are a great way to delve deeper into the House of Night series. Although I did have to skip a few of them because I haven't read the two most recent books in the series yet, so I definitely recommend being caught up if you really want to enjoy this book. I really liked Karen Mahoney's essay, "Night in the House of Good and Evil", it was a great start to the collection. Also, the original illus I always find it fun to read more about a world created in a book series. The essays in this collection are a great way to delve deeper into the House of Night series. Although I did have to skip a few of them because I haven't read the two most recent books in the series yet, so I definitely recommend being caught up if you really want to enjoy this book. I really liked Karen Mahoney's essay, "Night in the House of Good and Evil", it was a great start to the collection. Also, the original illustrations are beautiful!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I basically bought this book to add to the collection of the series I own. I actually have not read it and will not. Its a companions book to the series and if you want to understand the religion behind the house of night vampires then you need to read this. I understand the series just fine. I scanned this book and it was good enough for me. so I have no real review but to say if you do not understand the religion as I said above then read this and you will understand the books a bit better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    It wasn't what I thought in a good way. I liked learning the names, history, and facts from the celtic lore and types of vampires. I expected something different. I don't know what but just something else. I love the series and this book made a little more sense for me. And gave more more factual information into the discription and cultures within the series. Can't wait till the next book comes around. It wasn't what I thought in a good way. I liked learning the names, history, and facts from the celtic lore and types of vampires. I expected something different. I don't know what but just something else. I love the series and this book made a little more sense for me. And gave more more factual information into the discription and cultures within the series. Can't wait till the next book comes around.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    A very eclectic set of essays from a variety of authors (reseachers to YA authors of paranormal titles) who have focused on various elements in the House of Night series. I loved learned about all of the various cultures' mythologies and religions that have been weaved into the creation of the House of Night rituals, names, and inhabitants. A must read for anyone who is a House of Night aficionado. The art work that prefaces each essay is also quite stunning. A very eclectic set of essays from a variety of authors (reseachers to YA authors of paranormal titles) who have focused on various elements in the House of Night series. I loved learned about all of the various cultures' mythologies and religions that have been weaved into the creation of the House of Night rituals, names, and inhabitants. A must read for anyone who is a House of Night aficionado. The art work that prefaces each essay is also quite stunning.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Star

    Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series gives a new look into the creation of the House of Night. I really can't pick a favorite chapter - they were all very informative! From rituals to history, Tulsa to Scotland, and Cherokee legend to Greek myths, Nyx in the House of Night brings insight and knowledge into how the Casts bring the characters, settings, and magic to life. Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series gives a new look into the creation of the House of Night. I really can't pick a favorite chapter - they were all very informative! From rituals to history, Tulsa to Scotland, and Cherokee legend to Greek myths, Nyx in the House of Night brings insight and knowledge into how the Casts bring the characters, settings, and magic to life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Icsis

    I'm so glad I read this! This books lends a new light to the whole HON series for me! I love that P.C and Kristin did the research they did to being the series to life! Even fictionalized, the real stories beyond them wonderous! My interest is definitely peaked in some areas that I plan on exploring more of! Connecting the world around me with what I learned from this book leaves me curious to know more to connect more dots! I'm so glad I read this! This books lends a new light to the whole HON series for me! I love that P.C and Kristin did the research they did to being the series to life! Even fictionalized, the real stories beyond them wonderous! My interest is definitely peaked in some areas that I plan on exploring more of! Connecting the world around me with what I learned from this book leaves me curious to know more to connect more dots!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy Otty

    I'm conflicted on this anthology because while the essays themselves are very well done and incredibly informative, I can't help but roll my eyes at all the praise given to a series that I don't feel lives up to the source material that is elaborated on here. It's a poorly written and often poorly executed series of books and all the big words and scholarly gushing doesn't change that for me. I'm conflicted on this anthology because while the essays themselves are very well done and incredibly informative, I can't help but roll my eyes at all the praise given to a series that I don't feel lives up to the source material that is elaborated on here. It's a poorly written and often poorly executed series of books and all the big words and scholarly gushing doesn't change that for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fenix Rose

    I got this as a gift. What a wonderful book. I had no idea that Cast did so much research. But it does show in her books. How wonderful to read through all these essays by many different authors and get history, mythology, and the unique blending that is all Cast. Nyx is a real goddess, ancient and this book series has brought her back into human consciousness and belief.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald

    This book may confuse some. I enjoyed it and it gives the mythology, religion, and folklore of the House of Night series. It gives you more insight and depth that you will enjoy. If there's questions that you have had or things that you didn't understand then you should read this book, it might help to clear things up for you. This book may confuse some. I enjoyed it and it gives the mythology, religion, and folklore of the House of Night series. It gives you more insight and depth that you will enjoy. If there's questions that you have had or things that you didn't understand then you should read this book, it might help to clear things up for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    I thought this was interesting. It talked about vampire folklore, myths, and religion and relates it to the House of Night series. The stories are amazing and each essay was well written and thought out. Good educational tidbit.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    It was pretty good and I enjoyed some of the background info. Some of it I found boring though. I did like the background on why she chose each name. It was a great book though and it was a good idea to explain everything to everyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Glass

    Fantastic reference book for those who enter the House of Night series Explanations, historical underpinnings, mythological references and more. Lovely artwork too. I could see this being required reading in a modern vampyre class.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Haley Harrigan

    If you had a question in the HoN series, this book will definitely answer them!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dale

    I was hopping up and down to read this in-depth companion book to the House of Night series, and sadly it didn't live up to my expectations... It's a volume of well-researched essays,90% of them are written by several other authors,only 2 are actually by PC Cast and Kristin Cast,plus the introduction. Many of the essays are quite dry and scholarly and the rest vary between pretentious and sort of interesting but rehashing the novels ad nauseum. I was expecting it to be mainly by PC herself and fo I was hopping up and down to read this in-depth companion book to the House of Night series, and sadly it didn't live up to my expectations... It's a volume of well-researched essays,90% of them are written by several other authors,only 2 are actually by PC Cast and Kristin Cast,plus the introduction. Many of the essays are quite dry and scholarly and the rest vary between pretentious and sort of interesting but rehashing the novels ad nauseum. I was expecting it to be mainly by PC herself and for it to just be an amazing look at the mythology, religion and history as promised by the sub-title,but most of it was tedious. I did enjoy several selections however and did learn some cool stuff. The essays on vampirism, Cherokee myths and culture,matriarchy,goddess worship and cats were all good. You can tell all the authors did a ton of research and I'm sure PC Cast was thrilled by these contributions and takes on her best selling series but I wouldn't recommend it to any actual teen readers,I cannot see any 16 yr old slogging through this book and not feeling like it's a textbook.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kamilla Evald

    What a good and learning book about different religions and myths. We learn about so much important stuff in the House og Night Series and also there is a lot of history of Manu things such as tattoos

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susbogblog

    Did I need this book? No. Was it worth reading? Not really. Some chapters were interesting, but mostly it just wasn't all that interesting. Some chapters I even had to skip because they were horribly written or boring. Did I need this book? No. Was it worth reading? Not really. Some chapters were interesting, but mostly it just wasn't all that interesting. Some chapters I even had to skip because they were horribly written or boring.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Cathcart

    A must read companion book that’s nonfictional essays.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    If you love the House of Night series, READ THIS BOOK!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marissa Fowle

    UGGGH. If you are annoyed by this book, or bored, or...WHATEVER, just DON'T comment. For Wiccans and Pagans like me, or people who want to know more about my religion, this book, I'm sure, will be good for you. So I haven't read this yet, but I got this as a Yule present. I started reading this series when I was...13 I think? Because my Goddess is Nyx. And yes, Nyx is real. Vampyres, sadly, are not. Nyx is not the Goddess of vampyres. At least not irl. I'm actually really excited to read this. S UGGGH. If you are annoyed by this book, or bored, or...WHATEVER, just DON'T comment. For Wiccans and Pagans like me, or people who want to know more about my religion, this book, I'm sure, will be good for you. So I haven't read this yet, but I got this as a Yule present. I started reading this series when I was...13 I think? Because my Goddess is Nyx. And yes, Nyx is real. Vampyres, sadly, are not. Nyx is not the Goddess of vampyres. At least not irl. I'm actually really excited to read this. So I dont have a rating for it yet, but I'm sure it will be 5 pentacles...er...stars. LOL. Blessed Be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    Um... so, did anyone else think this was a part-of-the-series book about Nyx? Like her whole deal with (view spoiler)[...Kalona and how he was her warrior, and somehow is now like the Prince of Darkness all the sudden?? (hide spoiler)] Yea... I was severely distraught when I learned that it was only a documentary-style book about the Nyx lore, etc, boring, yawn, who cares!... lame. :( Hopefully Dragon's Oath is more story-based... *sadface* Um... so, did anyone else think this was a part-of-the-series book about Nyx? Like her whole deal with (view spoiler)[...Kalona and how he was her warrior, and somehow is now like the Prince of Darkness all the sudden?? (hide spoiler)] Yea... I was severely distraught when I learned that it was only a documentary-style book about the Nyx lore, etc, boring, yawn, who cares!... lame. :( Hopefully Dragon's Oath is more story-based... *sadface*

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