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!
I am a bit torn on my opinion of this book. While I enjoyed the fact it was written as if you were a newly marked fledgling, the physiology section was utterly dull, as was the elemental portions. While some of the art pieces were interesting, many of the photographs were cheesy. Particularly the ones showing examples of marks and William Shakespeare’s painting reeked of poor photoshopping.
On the flip side, P.C. Cast did manage to create some interesting tales for notable historic figures and events. For example, using the love affairs between first, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra and later, Cleopatra and Mark Antony as a means of warning against the impact imprints can have on both the vampyre and the human was a good move on Cast’s part. The tie-in with vampyre’s involvement in Pompeii was also interesting to say the least.