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Monday, October 29, 2012

WISDOM of the House of Night

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Today we are checking out a bookish item that has strong connections to a Young Adult series many of you know and love and not a book (well, solely at least).  It's arrival is a perfect match for the time of year (how so?  You'll see...) and offers a chance for readers to step into the world created by author P.C. Cast just a bit further.  Today's post may not be for all, but give it a'll never know what you're missing if you don't!  Without further ado, today's bookish item of choice is... 

Oracle Cards
A 50-Card Deck and Guidebook
P.C. Cast and Colette Baron-Reid

From the publisher...
For the fans of the best-selling House of Night series, the Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle Cards provides a unique interactive experience with the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Packaged in a keepsake box with a guidebook, the deck contains fifty gorgeously illustrated cards, many of which are based on characters in the books.
To begin, simply ask Nyx a question: What should I do in this situation? What is going on with my relationship? What will result from my next action? Then select a card and consult the guidebook to discover the message that Nyx intends for you. Just like Zoey Redbird and the other fledglings of the House of Night, you will be encouraged to trust your intuition and make powerful decisions about your life!
The Wisdom of the House of Night Oracle Cards is an original divination system, created by P. C. Cast and oracle expert Colette Baron-Reid. It draws inspiration from the Tarot, Norse runes, and the I Ching, but no special expertise is required to use these cards. The illustrations are by digital artist Jena DellaGrottaglia.

Whether a current fan of the series or potential future fan (*raises hand*....hey, I HAVE a few of them, just haven't made it around to reading them yet...), this curious set can be enjoyed by all.  Before anyone starts gathering the dry twigs for the burning or pointing accusatory fingers to call out those perceived as different, allow me to state that these cards are purely for fun...and clarification.  They are there to make you think and consider, not connect with something "other".  Moving on...

What is there is say about these cards that hasn't already been perceived by the goddess Nyx?  Still much indeed!  First off, they are really gorgeous...I mean, really.  Silver edged, glossy finish, sturdy design and lovely illustrations make these a work of art...but look a little further (as in, inside the guidebook) and you see their use.  Now, don't expect to become the next infamous TV fortune teller after cracking the lid on this box because that's not what these are all about.

Similar to an eight ball, you clear your mind and pose a question...except in this case, you want to avoid the yes/no type.  Draw a card.  Review its meaning and see how it applies back to your own situation.  Sounds easy I decided to do a "reading" for today.  The results....

So, let's see.  In its most basic explanation... 

Card 1:  VISION - When you choose this symbol, it means that no matter what you lose in life, something better will replace it.  

Card 2:  INVISIBLE - Sometimes you may feel like you don't fit in, as if you are invisible to others.  As your goddess, I see you, I know you, and I believe in you.

I can live with the message of card 1 and card 2 does make sense.  Something to think about, that's for sure...

....and again, that's the point!  Not only are these fun cards to "see the future" and add another element of fun for House of Night fans, but they make you think and consider the possibilities that the unquiet-ed mind may have missed.

In conclusion, though some may balk at my recommendation, I say these are good for mid to older teens (with a little guidance) and beyond.  The tiny glimpse of the world within the pages of House of Night stimulate the curiosity as well as the quick introduction to the journey's that await us.  Besides, when could we NOT use a little helping hand in our day?  I'm all for things that help make life just a smidge easier for us...especially when bookishly connected and presented in good fun.

Review set received courtesy of Allison at Clarkson Potter / Potter Style.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this item as well as their complete catalog, be sure to visit them online, like them on Facebook or follow along on Twitter.  This set was released earlier this month via Potter Style, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc and should be available now on a bookstore shelf or online outlet near you.

Until next time...happy reading!


kimbacaffeinate said...

Well now these look like creepy fun!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

These are so cool! I've been wanting to read the series, but this just looks so neat to have cards with a series. :D Thanks for sharing about them.

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