Fledgling (Sorcery and Society Series #2)

Fledgling (Sorcery and Society Series #2)

by Molly Harper

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"Molly Harper's Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who's equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight." —Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise, on Changeling

Days away from becoming completing her first year at Miss Castwell's Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies, Changeling-born Sarah Smith might just get away with posing as an upper-class Guardian girl named Cassandra Reed.

But strange visions of a Lightbourne destroyed by Miss Morton's revenant army keep Sarah from enjoying her achievement. Plus, the Mother Book, Sarah's one secret advantage and the ultimate entrée in Guardian society, suddenly stops revealing itself to her...putting her in a precarious position with the Guild. On top of all that, her former lady's maid left Miss Castwell's, and the new hire is, well, taking some getting used to.

If it weren't for her two best friends, Alicia McCray and Ivy Cowel, who will do anything to protect her secret, Sarah doesn't know if she'll make it another year. When the three girls take summer holiday with Alicia's family (chaperoned by an exacting and very disapproving Mrs. McCray), a relaxing vacation in Scotland is the last thing they'll find.

Mrs. Winter is thrilled that Sarah is spending time with the influential McCray family, but Sarah can't help but feel that her real purpose is to find other Changeling children like her, and free them to realize their own magic. Can she find genuine satisfaction in her accomplishments when she knows there are others like her out there who need her help? Will the three girls uncover the deeply-held secrets they're looking for in the mysterious mountains of Scotland? Will the Mother Book finally start talking to her again? And will Sarah come to understand the importance of her connection with Ivy and Alicia, and the true nature of her own power...before it's too late?

"Witty and classic, Changeling had everything I wanted from a coming of age story: friendship, scandal, and a heroine learning to flex her magical muscles. If you liked Harry Potter, you will love CHANGELING!" —Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series, on Changeling

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161459317
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Series: Sorcery and Society Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,230
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. She is the author of more than twenty paranormal and contemporary romance novels. She lives in Michigan with her husband and children.




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Fledgling 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele 7 months ago
Not having read the first book in this series, but being a serious fan of Harper’s writing and characters, I was excited to see where this story would lead. And I was not disappointed in the least. Sometime in an alternate universe – there was a schism between the magical and non-magical, and the magical are ‘in charge’ of it all. Which leads us to our character Sarah Smith, a changeling now going by the name of Cassandra, protected as a distant relation to the influential Winter family. Of course, the fact that the Mother Book can speak to Sarah gives her a certain cache that is beneficial to those who know her secret. Being without magical mentors, her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies was not without difficulty, or trauma, but she also made two best friends that know of her actual secrets and accept and love her nonetheless. Year two for Cassandra is starting out fairly well, she’s got an ‘interest’ in her friend Alicia’s brother, and while Alicia’s health and derring do are gaining strength, her ‘cousin’ is showing interest in her friend Ivy – not that Ivy believes it in the least. Cassandra is, however, worried that her agreement with the Winters to find other changeling children is being ignored, and there is certainly something wrong . Oh what an adventure as Cassandra discovers that her maid is communicating with the book that has stopped speaking to her: one of the senators is pushing for some more ‘translations’ from the book that only Cassandra can provide, and there is definitely unease in the air regarding the political situation. Adventure, laughs, characters to enjoy and a solid story that has Cassandra leaving the school, finding some missing changelings, battling once again with a powerful witch determined to undermine society as they know it, and recognizing her own powers and strength that comes from within and with the solid support of her friends the story was easy to follow, engaging and clever – with more to come as Cassandra completely accepts and shows herself as Sarah, and helps to keep the bad guys from winning. I’m excited to see the next in the series – and need to dive into the first to get more from Sarah/Cassandra, a bit like a young Jane Jameson (for those who like Harper’s books) without the heavy literary / trivia knowledge. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
BooksnKisses 7 months ago
REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Fledgling pickups up shortly after the events of Changeling (I would highly suggest reading this series in order). Sarah (aka Cassandra), Alicia and Ivy back at school and dealing with their actions. But when Sarah is summons to the counsel to answer questions about the Mother book. She has to think fast on her feet and is able to hold off the counsel for the time being. But Sarah has a more important mission in mind. She must find the other Changelings. But what will she do if she actually finds any. Another grand adventure with Sarah , Alicia and Ivy. I can’t wait to see what is next for these three. I do hope the Gavin and Owen and will be joining them too. As always the amazing Amanda Ronconi lends her talented voice to bring life to Molly’s characters. I really enjoy listening to Amanda narrate a book. She really gets into character and doesn’t just read. Amanda is also really good at getting the correct level of snark that is needed in a Molly Harper story. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley &INscribe Digital in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
CarmichaelReviews 8 months ago
* I chose this book on Net Galley and I have not read the first one* This book was so outrageously fun! I have not read the first one (but am now eager too!) and although there were events referenced that I was not entirely aware of, it did not lessen my enjoyment of the book. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so thoroughly was how hilariously Molly Harper writes. The characters have their own voices but all of them are so interesting and sassy. Not everyone in the book is white and the issues of social classes (in this it is those with magic and those without) is addressed in a way that is non-confrontational but still pointed. It is so interesting to see the power dynamics happening between the different magical families and how members within those families use that power. I really enjoy the Sarah/Ivy/Alicia relationship. They are all different people but love and support each other in a way that seems completely genuine. It is really nice to see female relationships where they are not competing with each-other but will still call each other out if one of them is doing something they should not. The plot is fun and most of the characters are interesting even if they are not agreeable-- with the exception of Alicia's mom, Sarah's sister Mary and Sarah's maid Jenny. Alicia's mom is the typical mother figure that does everything she can to prevent her son from forming romantic relationships. While this does not inherently make an uninteresting character, there is nothing about her other than her being a blocking figure between Sarah and Gavin. The same goes for Sarah's sister Mary-- it is hard to see her motivations for her actions. Without delving into spoilers, the situation with Jenny is confusing. The set up was fine but then her part in the end of the novel seemed rushed and confusing. Many other minor characters such as Wallace and Nurse Waxwing are fully developed even though they are minor characters. I wish the book had been longer and I cannot wait to read the next one as this left off at quite a dramatic point!
mudder17 9 months ago
4.5 stars I really enjoyed this second installment in the Sorcery and Society series and am only disappointed that I now have a long wait before the next book! I've really enjoyed watching Sarah's relationship develop with her friends, her "aunt" and her family. While Sarah doesn't always make the best decisions, she does do things with good intentions and I love that her friends can be angry with her and still love her. I found myself laughing at the conversations that happened in this book as well as Owen's bumbling earnestness as he found himself in uncharted territory with Ivy! Overall, this series is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter and would enjoy a good yarn with strong female characters who like to turn society convention on its ear. Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. #netgalley #ARC
Marta Cox 9 months ago
Four and a half This author takes not one much loved story but two to inspire this satisfying series. With a touch of Cinderella mixed up with Harry Potter and let's be honest who amongst us didn't want to be Hermione ? This never lacks originality as our clever heroine upends the idea of what it actually means to be magical in a very uneven society. Yes Sarah is definitely shaking off the fairy dust as she seamlessly moves amongst her new elitist schoolmates only to discover that if she is really going to help save other Changelings she might have to sacrifice the very things she has worked for ! Sarah is everything I love in a heroine as she's bright, compassionate, resourceful and yet funny too. This story is full of magic from the very beginning and it only got better as it highlighted the bonds of friendship that Sarah has formed. Perhaps the villain was a little obvious but nevertheless I loved this almost Victorian setting with its overtones of Pygmalion and the world building and imaginative possibilities are first class. The class system was clearly defined, the romance certainly escalated just enough and the pace just right. Sarah shines bright as a heroine and I cannot wait to find out where this journey will take her. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Charming story about the power of friendship. She starts a study group at her school. The handsome Gavin McCray is not formally courting her for the majority of the book, but he adds spice. So does his admirably terrifying mother Adelaide McCray. Aneira Winter really softens towards Sarah Smith. We actually got to spend time with Mr. Winter in this book. There's a lot of time spent at a loch in Scotland. I was very startled by the twist at the end. I received a review copy and have offered my honest opinion about Fledgling.
BobbieLCLA 9 months ago
I received a free copy of FLEDGLING (Miss Castwell’s/Sorcery and Society Book 2) by Molly Harper in exchange for an honest review. Born to the servant class and subsequently raised to the ruling class by possession of unexpected magic, Sarah Smith, still masquerading as Cassandra Reed, has already saved the world once during her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. Sarah must still maintain her masquerade while navigating the opposing forces trying to rule her actions. The Mother Book has indicated it wants Sarah to find and rescue other Changelings while Mrs. Winter, Sarah’s guardian, is pressuring Sarah to delay that mission in favor of pursuing social endeavors to add credit to Mrs. Winters’ family. Meanwhile, the Mother Book committee of the Senate is coveting control over Sarah and her access to the Mother Book. With everyone demanding Sarah behave, mind her manners, and be socially responsible and with those same people exerting physical control over her daily schedule, will Sarah be able to exercise her true mission? If so, what will be the cost to her, her friends, her family, and her guardians? I actually purchased this book, but I was later, also, granted a free copy through NetGalley. I liked both this book and the prior book in this series, CHANGELING. I recommend this to fans of Molly Harper, to fans of Victorian magical fantasy, and to fans of magic academy stories. If you loved Patricia C. Wrede’s Thirteenth Child series and the Cecelia and Kate series by Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, you’ll want to devour the Sorcery and Society books. #Fledgling #NetGalley
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 10 months ago
Have you read Changeling (Sorcery and Society #1) by Molly Harper? No, STOP! Go read that one first before reading this. Seriously you will thank me for it. Fledgling finds Sarah making new friends and enemies. She discovers that there are more Changeling children like her out there that can do magic. Now all she has to do is find them. This is a fast paced adventure that will leave you tired and wanting more. This story is filled with magic, friendship and a young woman finding her way and growing into herself. I absolutely adored it and look forward to more adventures with Sarah, Ivy and Alicia.