Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series
Edited by P.C. Cast? Yup. This isn’t another actual book in the series, but a companion of sorts. This one was sent to me by the publisher, (actually, TWO, one for me, and one for a lucky commenter), and I quickly realized it is a compilation of “works” (essays) by other authors, and professors. Analyzations and comparisons of past related folklore and mythology. Greek, vampyre, witches, the history of some Oklahoma landmarks that inspired the places in the story, Cherokee customs and beliefs, even… the history of cats (poor things, worshipped as gods and then despised as demons, and then… well we cuddle ’em now 😉 )
It’s an interesting little piece, and an excellent edition for the die-hard fan that can’t get enough of who these characters are and where they come from. This book lets you in on all the little details that might have helped inspire the authors in telling their story, and creating their backgrounds.
The tattoos that form that separate them from society, the color significance of red vs. blue…
The fact that many of the places mentioned in the series (the landmarks, the school, even the cat rescue place) exist. The school IS real. However in reality, it’s a medieval looking Catholic school. Some landmarks are presented in the series as they once were (abandoned and creepy) – a haunted mansion, even the tunnels. But the author of that chapter indicates while some of the places are exactly as described, some of them are now restored and open to tourists. In fact, St. Martin’s Press intends on giving us a virtual tour on their website. Mind you, some of Tulsa’s officials aren’t exactly excited about the attention they’ve received.
There’s even an interesting comparison between the story of the fallen angel (Lucifer) who angered God (we all know what happened there), and Kalona who was cast out by Nyx.
It’s a great collector’s piece as we get some factual insight into the “world” that P.C. and Kristin Cast created. But be prepared. This book is essentially a history lesson. Essay reports about different subjects that relate to the series. Plenty facsinating to the fans who are insistent on absorbing anything and everything “House of Night” (even a history lesson or two!).
And I’ll admit, it’s a bit different than a normal “history” class, considering some of the essays are about subjects not taught in school. How can a history lesson on Vampyres be boring, right? 😉
Does anyone want my one “giveaway” copy? Just leave a comment below, and by Wednesday June 15th 2011, 9pm EST, and I will randomly select one winner. The winner will be contacted and will have 48 hrs to respond with a mailing address. If the first winner does not respond, another will be drawn (and again, only 48 hrs to respond). So if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. Contest open to US mailing addresses only (but all are welcome to comment!!)