The Fledgling Handbook 101
P.C. Cast and Kim Doner (illustrator)
St. Martin’s Griffin, Oct 26 2010, $12.99
Ye who enter the House of Night will be welcomed as a new student and given The Fledgling Handbook 101 as a guide. Veteran vampires understand how difficult the conversion from sunlight to moonlight is. The guide provides the fledgling with an introduction to vampire life as an undead and the societal Maslow Hierarchy of surviving amidst the massive humans. There are treatises on vampire biology and history as the species traces its roots to Lilith. Included is a section on Nightkind Elementology, which is intended to help the newbie survive the terrors of the dark. A bit more experienced Fledglings like Zoey provides words of encouragement as they detail some of their adjustments. Finally a who’s who like Sappho and Shekinah provide words of inspiration.
Young adult fans of the series will appreciate the entertaining handbook enhanced by Ms. Doner’s colorful drawings as the newcomers are guided on what to expect as their body changes in a puberty-like twist. As Shekinah says: “Within chaos lies opportunity”; not for everybody as this entertaining reference guide is a companion piece to the saga by providing Fledglings and readers with increased opportunity of understand the world as Cast and less chaos.