Having been a fan of the House of Night series from the beginning, I was thrilled to find out The Fledgling Handbook 101 was being released. I had often thought about the handbook given to all fledglings upon their entrance to The House of Night. I was very curious about the history of the vampyres and how it influenced or intersected with our own. Finally, my questions would be answered.
The book arrived on my doorstep and I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous this slim volume is. The beginning starts deceptively simple with an introduction explaining what the fledgling will find inside and then it moves right into the class emblems. While the authors have done a wonderful job in the books, of describing the symbols which abound it was delightful to see ancient representations of the symbols with the modern version. The next section is a typical addition to a handbook for any school, the curriculum and places to personal the book with name, phone number, roommate, mentor and class schedule.
Chapter one focuses on vampyre biology; how Marking takes place, the initial symptoms, the permanent changes, etc. They also included a section for the student to record changes that they have noticed then and in the future. It was very cool to see a photograph of a girl before being Marked, right after, and after reaching maturity.
Chapter two is where things get really good; rituals! Oh, how I loved seeing the rituals and the history behind them. The famous High Priestesses and their stories are the highlight of this book. At the end of the chapter is a place to record first circle experience, what element you might have an affinity for, and the like.
Chapter three is hard to explain but basically it is about a system to classify vampyres based on when they were Changed, similar to astrology. This was a gorgeous section, illustration wise. It also covers celebrations and holidays specific to vampyres.
The fourth chapter is a more in depth look at vampyre history as it pertains to the tragedy of Pompeii. This was an emotional part for me and I finished it with tears in my eyes.
The fifth and final chapter is quotes from famous vampyres through history as they speak about their experiences in transformation. The photographs that illustrate this section are just neat and I really enjoyed the effect.
Overall, this is a great book, perfect for a fan of Ms. Cast’s series or someone wanting to know more about the series before reading it. I do hope there will be more of these textbooks from The House of Night!
Merry meet, fledgling. I trust this guide will serve you well…
Every vampyre fledgling who arrives at the House of Night receives a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101, and now, fans can have one, too, with this gorgeous must-have edition. Inside you’ll find original stories, the complete vampyre history, inside info into rituals, vamp biology, and the Change, and much more.