The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night Series)

The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night Series)

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by P. C. Cast, Kim Doner

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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

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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 information about the history of vampyres. You will also come to a better understanding of your body's transformation, as well as read words of hope from great vampyres of the past and learn essential foundations of rituals and lore. Now, Fledgling, read on. A new life awaits you; your path to that magickal future begins here!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the House of Night series:

On TEMPTED, House of Night Book 6:

“Cast and Cast pull out all the stops and take this story to shattering new heights with devastating consequences!” Romantic Times (4 ½ stars)

“P. C. And Kristin Cast have made an absolutely amazing [YA] series. The visuals offered by this fantastic duo are entertaining and imaginative, with nonstop action… This is easily a [YA] series that can entertain adults with action, hot Vampyres, true friendship, budding romance, a loving Goddess, and a twist of the unexpected.” – (5 stars)

“I loved every one of the books in the [House of Night] series. Tempted is my definite favorite…. This book had me ripping through the pages.” –Teen review on

On HUNTED, House of Night Book 5:

“Move over, Stephenie Meyer.”People

“Zoey Redbird’s first-person adventures take on added danger and importance in the latest House of Night release. Forced by circumstance to grow up quickly, Zoey’s emotional and spiritual evolution is fascinating. The Cast duo breathes life and vibrancy into the characters and makes each one an integral part of the saga. Awesome and unforgettable as always!” —Romantic Times (4.5 stars)

“The Cast duo has done it again!  These ladies appear to be an unstoppable force within the world of YA literature… Teenage readers will be drawn to Zoey’s everyday, angst-riddled life.  Not only does she need to save the world, Zoey needs to solve some major vampyre/human boy drama.  These stories are surreal, yet shockingly accurate when it comes to teenagers and their lives.” – (5 stars) 

“The most masterful part of the writing lies in how the authors take on serious issues sex, peer pressure, bullying, parental alienation, religion, and substance abuse and weave them into the text.  It is a refreshing perspective that doesn’t feel like preaching.” –Tulsa World

“I absolutely loved this book…. I enjoyed the story line very much and thought that the authors had correctly portrayed the mind of a teenager…. I would recommend this book to vampyre fans and anyone who would enjoy a wondrous fantasy story.” –Teen review on

“An exceptional vampire tale… P.C. and Kristin Cast do a phenomenal job.” –

“Hunted is an appealing supernatural thriller… The exciting storyline is filled with teenage angst as Zoey struggles with choices that would cause PTSD in most adults…. This fine entry casts a strong spell on readers.” –

“A richly nuanced standout… Even when she’s confused, even when she’s embroiled in teen-angst, Zoey’s choices, delivered in fresh first person, seem believable.  Even better?  They seem smart…. This series has dark themes and subject matter, but the Cast team delivers them with sparkling dialogue, wry humor, and realistic characters driven by genuine humanity.” –

On for Untamed, House of Night Book 4:

“You have a set up that feels a bit like X-Men meets Harry Potter meets Interview with the Vampire all told in a voice as engaging and spirited as anything recounted by Meg Cabot.” –

“This is a series that should not be missed!”  –

“Untamed is a fast moving and adventure filled read, with engaging characters and just a touch of romantic chemistry to keep fans guessing. This is a well-written young adult series that should easily appeal to both teens and adults.” – Darque Reviews

“The mother and daughter writing team have created a believable world with characters that you can't let go of. The story is addictive and the cliffhanger ending in this installment has me wishing the months till March will fly by! The fifth book Haunted will surely be another great book in this amazing series.”  –

On Chosen, House of Night Book 3:

“Teenage issues can seem like life or death, but in this haunting series, House of Night, that’s really the case. Through Zoey’s eyes readers are led into a world that’s getting more complicated by the minute, where friends and enemies can switch positions in a heartbeat. The remarkable Cast duo continues to build a world that you won’t soon forget!” –Romantic Times (4.5 stars)

Chosen, The House of Night series book 3, is like the cream in an Oreo cookie holding the two ends together. This story is gearing up for the final showdown between Zoey and Nepheret and mother and daughter team, P.C. and Kristen Cast are setting the stage perfectly for this….Again, P.C. Cast is an auto-buy author for me and this series is also on that auto-buy list.” Paranormal Romance Reviews

On Betrayed, House of Night Book 2:

“The Cast and Cast team is back and stirring up deep trouble in their beguiling supernatural world….The issues faced by these teens are not child's play, and the stakes are life and death. This is extremely craveable reading!” –Romantic Times (4.5 stars)

“Some would find it hard to write the sequel to a great book like Marked, but the Cast women obviously didn't have that problem. I laughed, sighed, and definitely cried. I thought that I knew where this series was headed but the authors took me completely by surprise. Congrats to P.C. and Kristin Cast, on a fantastic job. Bring on Chosen!” Night Owl Romance Reviews

“It does not matter if you are male or female, this series will enthrall you…Authors P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast are a dangerous writing duo with poisonous pens. Highly recommended.” –Huntress Reviews

Betrayed continues the House of Night series in a chilling fashion.  PC and Kristin Cast once again prove their talent in telling a tale filled with all the normal teenage angst compounded with becoming a Vampyre….If you liked the first book in the series, you’ll love this one!” –Paranormal Romance Reviews

“P.C. and Kristin Cast make a fantastic writing team.  This enchanting tale is filled with non-stop action, strong relationships, and sweet blossoming romance.  Whether you’re a teen or an adult who loves a great paranormal read, this is a series not to be missed.” –Darque Reviews

This highly addicting series offers a unique twist on the standard vampyre story and is sure to please a wide variety of readers.  Although she is a vampyre, Zoey Redbird’s journey is one for every teen.  Her voice is genuine and … captures the sincerity and frankness of a teenager in search of a new home and a place where she truly belongs. The emotional portrayal of Zoey’s trouble and tribulations enhances the quality of these books. True to life, she struggles with issues of truest, loyalty, love, sexuality, and identity and moves though a myriad of conflicting emotions from happiness to confusion to grief.  These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly—sometimes all at once.” VOYA (on both Marked and Betrayed)

On Marked, House of Night Book 1:

“Zoey Redbird… is basically the most relatable vampire — sorry, fledgling vampyre — I've ever read about.” –

“The Casts have put a very interesting new spin on vampire lore. The action is fast paced and absorbing, interspersing light moments among the intensity. When you reach the climax of the tale, you'll be on the edge of your seat. Though this is labeled a young adult novel, I strongly suspect adults of any age will enjoy it.” –

“The Casts, mother and daughter, have written a delightful book that’s aimed at teens but will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The trials of growing up are presented in the new and original context of a vampire society, and they’re woven into a thoroughly entertaining story. Zoey is a dynamic and spunky heroine who has an amusing and realistic voice. She’s surrounded by secondary characters who are just as engaging. The dialogue is sharp and the references to real people and pop culture add to the story. This promises to be a highly addictive series.” –Romantic Times (4.5 stars)

“A fantastic, fun-paced read.” –

Marked is one of the best coming of age stories to come out of Oklahoma since S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. It teaches about the beauty of being a social outcast, friendship, and finding your own inner spirituality.” –The Beltane Papers

“Readers will identify with many of the characters, especially the protagonist … A good choice for those libraries serving fans of the occult…” –Library Journal

“From the moment I stuck my face in this book it hooked me!  Totally awesome new take on vampires!  Marked is hot and dark and funny.  It rocks!” –Gena Showalter, author of MTV’s Oh My Goth

“Cast reeled me in from paragraph one.  I snorted and giggled through the whole thing, and devoured it in one sitting.”  –MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times best-selling author of the Undead series

Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
If you are a follower of vampyre lore you will love this book. If you want to convert over to the lifestyle of a vampyre, this informative handbook will help guide you. If you are following Cast's series "House of Night" this is the book that is being used by the students in the series. Young fledglings, or those who will become vampyre, are encouraged to learn the ways of the elders. Photographs show ancient symbols with brief descriptions of their purpose. Fledglings will learn firsthand their meanings and purpose for their new lives. Drawings by Doner bring to life a culture that has been in existence for many years. The vampyre way brings forth a reality when chapters describe how readers will feel going through the change to vampyre and what exactly will happen to them. Readers are encouraged to journal everything they are going through and Cast provides pages for just that throughout the chapters. Elements of air, water, fire, and earth set the standard listing days of the year in which readers were born. But if a fledgling changes to vampyre during the listed dates for Spirit Elementology then they will become a charismatic speaker, self-assured and highly intuitive to name a few characteristics. If you are interested in vampyre celebrations, Primoris Vampyra, Plurimos Diligo, Eostre and others, are listed in chronological order. Vampyre history is laid out in great detail. This history dates back to Mesopotamia around the ninth century B.C. via a High Priestess named Lilith. The final chapter has words of encouragement from fellow fledglings. Readers will enjoy this guide and become engulfed in the series. It's the beginning of a vampyre's journey. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard
VOYA - Heather Christensen
Cast and Doner expand the world created by Cast and her daughter in the popular House of Night (St. Martin's) series. Designed to mimic a student handbook, the book describes class symbols, curriculum, and other important information for first-year students. In Cast's world, vampyrism occurs at a genetic level in a small percentage of people and first becomes evident during puberty, when a teen is "marked" with a blue crescent moon on his or her forehead. The handbook details the biological changes that follow and provides detailed instructions on various ceremonies and rituals with which fledgling "vampyres" will need to become familiar. Short histories and quotations from famous vampyres (from Cleopatra to Shakespeare) offer inspiration to the newly marked. Throughout the book are places for the fledgling to respond and reflect on personal experiences during this time of great change. Fans of such books as Dragonology (Candlewick, 2003) and other faux nonfiction will have fun exploring this book. Doner includes artistic renditions of artifacts from various vampyre covens around the world, along with color photographs that document physical changes experienced by fledgling vampyres. Readers will find examples of different markings and their meanings, symbolic runes, and scenes from vampyre history. Give this to House of Night fans to enjoy while they are awaiting the next novel in the series. Reviewer: Heather Christensen

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Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
House of Night Series
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Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. With her daughter Kristin Cast, she is the author of the House of Night novels, including Awakened, Burned and Hunted. Cast was born in the Midwest, and as a girl fell in love with mythology. After high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force, then taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Cast's novels are New York Times bestsellers and have been awarded the Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma, where she is a member of the Oklahoma Writers' Hall of Fame. She splits her time between her ranch and midtown Tulsa where she has a home just down the street from the House of Night...

Kim Doner was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a graduate of Tulsa University. She is the author and illustrator of the children's book Buffalo Dreams, and the illustrator of several more books for young people, including The Philosopher's Club, The Buffalo in the Mall, and Q Is for Quark.

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