The Fledgling Handbook 101

By P.C. Cast

10,899 ratings - 3.9* vote

Merry meet, fledgling. Welcome to a new life, a new world, and a new you. Welcome to the House of Night!This might seem like a scary time, Fledgling, but never fear! As you start your journey through the ancient halls of the House of Night, this indispensable handbook will aid you in your transition from human to fledgling. Within these pages you will find invaluable infor Merry meet, fledgling. Welcome to a new life, a new world, and a new you. Welcome to the House of Night!This might seem

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Paperback, 157 pages
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The Fledgling Handbook
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Yolanda Sfetsos

I might have fallen behind on the actual reading of this wonderful and intriguing series, but it didn't stop me from loving and enjoying this handbook. As I turned the pages of this stunning book, I felt as if I'd just been enrolled into this school and was learning the history and what to expect after the Change.

It's brilliant--packed full of facts, class emblems, rituals, history, mythology, explanations, and there's even blank spaces to fill in your personal Fledging details. ;) And the pictures, my gosh, the art is beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. This book was certainly put together with great care and thought, it's an outstanding addition to an already successful series and I think everyone who enjoys the series needs to have a copy.

The Fledging Handbook is beautifully made and packed full of vampyre goodness. It's one of those books that you hold and read in awe. It's certainly a winner!

I know I'll be referring to it again, that's for sure. :)

Cyndy Otty

For a series that I've practically given up on I wasn't expecting much from this additional tie-in guide. However, my feelings really stem from the fact that this is supposed to be the often mentioned textbook from the series. Now obviously no one's going to read a fictional textbook that comes off like a real textbook -- I hardly want to read the ones I'm supposed to for class. But if you're going to write a pretend textbook you either need to make it believable as a reference by having solid details that are otherwise foreign to a fan or give it some charm like the Harry Potter schoolbooks, which manage to present a lot of new information and still retain the feel (specifically the humor) of the actual series.

This book manages to be a waste of the paper it's printed on. First, it's printed in a wasteful manner with ridiculously huge margins and text that doesn't bother to fill the page. But even more to the point it's not informative, nearly everything presented in the book is a detail that you could find within the series itself or the associated website. The one exception being a bit of history, which is basically a mutilation of real history that incorporates plot elements from the series. Oh, but I did learn one thing: every rule that's mentioned has pretty much been broken by a character (namely Zoey) at some point in the series. Leaves me torn between being horrified that anyone would think of these characters as role models and pondering the point of creating a set of rules for this world in the first place.

Now all that said, I can't even say this is worth reading if you aren't already familiar with the series because it's written in such a bland and uninteresting way that there's no way I can see that it would entice you, let alone get into the series.

The one minor thing it does have going for it is that it isn't written in the juvenile slang the series is.

Stacy Ivashkov


Emma Höglund

This book is a background to the world of House of Night, with small stories about famous vampyres, about the Change and so on.
It could have been much better though. It could have had more intresting facts about the House of Nights, maybe a small world map with dots to mark out where the school can be found, it could have had more about affinity and how that works, more about the studies at the school. Several times the discussed a subject and then just said: this isn't a subject for fledglings in third year, so read the next book. There are so many things that could have been explored. They could have talk more about the things we recognize in the book. For example, in the books they do several rituals. It would have been interesting to find out the theory behind them. Not the things we never heard about and don't really care about either.

I hated the idea to take a picture of myself as marked and write in my teachers name and their affinity. When I was a kid I got that kind of book about Harry Potter. But in that I had to fill in what I liked about the book, not if I was in it. For example, I would write my teachers name and who they were alike in the Potter univers.
But in this book it only felt immature and a waste of space. It was fun to pretend these things when you were 9 years old. This is supposed to be a YA book, it's not fun.

And in this book they say that you become sterile, but in the books Zoey once tells Stevie-Rae that she has cramp because of "that time of the month", (she is lying in the book) but wouldn't Stevie-Rae and everyone else know that she lied, since they don't have that anymore? Stevie-Rae has been there for a couple of months, she must know if she doesn't have her period anymore or not and therefor Zoey can't lie about it. Weird.


I love the House of Night series. I love the story, the characters, the world that the Casts have created. I really wanted to love this. But unfortunately, I didn't.
It started off okay, with an introduction into the House of Night world and with the biology of vampyres and how your body changes, I thought that was pretty interesting, because it was so well thought out and it really shows that the author had really thought about the world she created in her books. So that was pretty cool, although becoming a vampyre sounds really creepy :L
Then it goes onto a Rituals section of the Handbook, and I read a few of the rituals, but I had to skim read most of them, because I got really bored. I don't like saying that, but I did. And that's really all I can say about that chapter...
Chapter three was called 'Nightkind Elementology' and that was okay, and I have decided that I would probably have an earth affinity if I was vampyre...
The rest of the book (apart from a little bit at the end) was about Vampyre History, and I skimmed that too... It didn't interest me, and I felt bad about skimming it and not giving it a proper chance, but I couldn't read it. I tried, but I couldn't.
At least it ended on a good note for me. I enjoyed reading the quotes from vampyres at the end, they were pretty cool, especially the one from William Shakespeare... (Don't worry, he wasn't actually a vampire...)
Overall though, I did't enjoy this book, and as much as I hate writing negative reviews, I felt I needed to share my honest opinion, which is this: I'm so glad I got it from the library! I'm sure House of Night fans will love it, but unfortunately, it just didn't do it for me. Sorry! I still love the HoN series though :D


This is a much have for House of Night Fans.

I initially that this was a guidebook on the series itself, but it's actually a "handbook." It's written as though YOU are a fledgling student at the House of Night. There's even places for you to jot down notes... like what changes you notice happening to your body, now that you're a fledgling!

It's broken up into six chapters or sections. Each one discussing a different topic that all fledgling vampyres should know.

The first section is an introduction to the House of Night itself, going over the various class emblems and such. Next is Vampyre Biology so you know exactly what to expect with your new fledgling status and what changes you can expect in the future. The third part covers Rituals. The fourth part is Nighttime Elementology, when you are turned has direct correlation over your elemental influence, be it air, water, earth, etc. The next section covers Vampyre History, which it turns out you may recognize a few of the stories, but see them in a whole new light. And finally the last section covers Words of Hope From Fellow Fledglings for those newly marked that need some words of wisdom. (William Shakespeare, say what!?)

Overall a fun and entertaining look into the House of Night, something fans are sure to devour!


I've seen of lot of negative reviews and heard a lot of people say they're dissapointed with this handbook. However, I think it's a great addition to the series and am happy to have it in my library.

This handbook, along with the series, was obviously written for young teenagers, as a lot of the vampyre lore and history in the book are simply stories from our own history that have been slightly tweaked. My favorite story was The Tragedy of Pompeii.

This book is definitely not for the history buff, as it rewrites history for the purposes of the series. However, this book is perfect for a fan to the series that would like to have a beautiful little book to complement and complete their HON library.

This book was a quick, easy, and entertaining read which does offer some insight into the world behind the series. I'm sure when I reread the series someday, I'll refer back to this little gem.

Emma (BelleBooks)

Being a massive House of Night fan I had to pick this book up to add to my collection!

The book itself is very pretty, I love the fact that it is all colour inside and filled with pictures!
There is even space for you to write in your own pieces, as if you are attending a House of Night. I won't be writing in the book though, it's just too pretty to do that!

As for information, there isn't too much that readers won't already know from the original book series. It is nice to read it and imagine what it would have been like for Zoey to first see the "rule book" when she was marked and moved to the House of Night.

It is a book you could skip though, if you are a massive fan of the books I would say go ahead and buy it, it is a good reference book for the series and tells a bit more about the background.


This book was a good idea but it would have been better if it focused more on school rules and the biology of being a vampire instead of the boring stories it had in it.


And so, I ended the House of Night series - novellas and all.

This was a great series; an absolute beautiful plot. It was rich with details, combining magic, poetry and altered history. It had vision and it will forever be something special of its own, at least for me. Was it perfect? Absolutely not. In fact, there were times where I truly hated the series and thought I’d outgrown it. That’s largely due to the style it was written in and the audience it targetted. However, with all of that aside, it’s still at a league of its own - plot-wise.

I am happy to end this here, finally after almost 10 years. It’s like saying goodbye to a facet of who I was. That’s dramatic as fuck, but it’s true. I feel old, or older.

So, that’s that.