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Gormenghast meets Mr Pye.
I grew up on Mervyn Peake, and his extraordinary imaginings, and I think perhaps, that Lucy Hope did too. Fledgeling is an extraordinary adventure, unlike ... READ MORE
Fleur (Children's bookseller Bath)


A dark, gothic adventure set deep in a Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn't all that he seems to be... A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel's bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival was an accident or part of something more sinister. With a self-obsessed opera singer for a mother, a strange taxidermist father, and a best friend who isn't quite what he seems, Cassie is forced to unearth the secrets of her family's past. As the dark forces gather around them, can Cassie protect all that she holds dear? The fantastic debut novel from Lucy Hope, with cover illustration by Anna Shepeta.

  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781839941887
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 250g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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Lyrical, mysterious debut
Deep in the Bavarian Forest stands a fortress-like house, perched on a rocky cliff and full of fabulous inventions: steam-powered lifts with foot brakes, m... READ MORE
Anne Manson
Gorgeously gothic adventure
Fledgling is a gorgeously gothic adventure: ethereal, dark, powerful and poignant. It is a story that lingers, that pulsates with a magical quality, and ... READ MORE
Wonderful and original YA fantasy
It is 1900, one stormy night something bowls through the window of Cassie's bedroom, when she picks it up she finds its a little cherub. She can't understa... READ MORE
Ria Koncsol
A wonderful gothic story
One stormy night, a cherub is blown into Cassie Engel's bedroom. From that moment on, Cassie's life as she knew it, changes. Set within the Bavarian fores... READ MORE
Kerri Selby
loved it
This is such a great read I was really impressed with it. Set in a Bavarian Forest in a town called Edenburg we follow a character called Cassie Engel. Cas... READ MORE
Kathryn Jolley
A beautiful story!
I read Fledgling by Lucy Hope in two sittings as it was just a beautiful story, written with care. It reminded me of fairy tales I read as a child at prima... READ MORE
Keranjit Kaur
A phenomenal debut: atmospheric, otherworldly and beautiful.
What a debut! Lucy Hope's 'Fledgling' is a phenomenal accomplishment: atmospheric, otherworldly and beautiful. Like a Gothic fairy-tale or a rapturous feve... READ MORE
Chris Soul UK
Creative and original!
This sounds like a wonderful story! It immerses a reader in a universe full of possibilities that are so unbeknownst in reality. I love the name of the boo... READ MORE
Unusual and original
Fledgling is set in the year 1900 in the Bavaria forest, and jumps straight into the action with Cassie finding a cherub who has blow into her bedroom wind... READ MORE
Emily  Kent
Enchanting and Captivating
The Fledgling explorers a mythical world once thought to have been preserved in religious and cultural texts as stories and romanticized by Renaissance mas... READ MORE
Word Explorer
Gorgeous story, inventive and whimsical fantasy
I don’t read all that much fantasy or kind of fairytale novels but this was a refreshing take on the genre. It’s the turn of the century and one night in t... READ MORE
Fiona koncsol
Uniquely Mesmerising
A unique and distinctive dark gothic fantasy story set in the Bavarian Forest in 1900. This is a story predominantly of family and friendship, of magic a... READ MORE
Gothic fantasy for young adults
This is a Gothic novel for young adults set in Bavaria at the beginning of the 20th century. Cassie and her parents live in what sounds like an eyrie in th... READ MORE
An atmospheric, gothic tale
Fledgling is beautifully written. I was immediately drawn into the world of Cassie and Raphael. The style is gothic and the descriptions are so atmospheric... READ MORE
Angie Holdsworth
Good book
The cover of this book and the blurb give a really good overview of the book and really fit in well with the themes and the storyline. It took me a little ... READ MORE
Ewa Luczynska
An incredible gothic tale
There have been some astonishing debut titles this year, and none – perhaps – more astonishing than this title by new author Lucy Hope. With a cover and a ... READ MORE
Jacqui  Sydney
A great gothic feathery tale
This book is perfect for this time of year, mysterious, dark and gothic. It has you in the edge of your seats and is so creepy! The story is set on house ... READ MORE
Fun and mysterious
I enjoyed the book, the setting and the characters. It is well written and has many twists and turns which I wasn't expecting in a book aimed at younger re... READ MORE
Laura Mckie
Charming Gothic Story
What a charming yet slightly gothic story. I was immediately thrown into the story with its dark moody atmosphere. It is gothic down to the strange house w... READ MORE
Lara Olafisoye
A wonderfully unique and thrilling tale
I loved this book so much. It tells the story of Cassie Engel, who lives in a strange house perched on top of a rock in the middle of a forest in 1900s Ba... READ MORE
Anna Crowe
Fast paced and really gripping, it kept surprising me
I knew I was off to a good start with this book when I read that the grandfather built an annex onto his house, just for books! This was definitely my kind... READ MORE
Sabrina Accalai
I absolutely adored this book. The cover is very eye catching and the synopsis does a great job of making the book sound captivating. I was hooked from the... READ MORE
Karena  Freeman
An interesting book
This was such an enjoyable book to read. I wasn’t really sure what to expect beforehand but it turned out to be an interesting book to read. It was fast pa... READ MORE
A gothic tale of angels and monsters
'Fledgling' is a magical gem of a book that had me hooked from the very first chapter. Lucy Hope’s new gothic tale takes place in Bavaria in 1900 and it te... READ MORE
Frances Durkin
Fresh and original
I thoroughly enjoyed Fledgling. Lucy Hope has a wonderful writing style and I was instantly captivated by the setting of the story. I could imagine every p... READ MORE
Emily Davison
Rated it
The sad thing about this book is that it is very clearly supposed to be one in a series; unfortunately, Butler died after writing this book. That makes it ... READ MORE
Irum Imran
Brilliant gothic adventure
Much darker than I expected from the cover but brilliantly so. It is a gothic adventure whose main character Cassie lives in an eccentric house in the Bava... READ MORE
Helen Jones
Younger fantasy
Fledgling is a beautifully written little fantasy piece that also acts as an almost coming of age story to its young protagonist. It follows it's heroine t... READ MORE
Skye McGuire
I quite liked it
I usually want to roll my eyes at the mention of a young adult book, but I have to say, this was a good read. I read it in about two days I was so engrosse... READ MORE
Nicola McHugh
Good book
Was a easy and good read I would deffo recommend
sadia begum
Entertaining and creative!
This sounds like a wonderful story! It immerses a reader in a universe full of possibilities that are so unbeknownst in reality. I love the name of the boo... READ MORE
Magic, a mysterious house & the arrival of a cherub - a gothic tale
A gothic tale set in 1900 in Bavaria. Cassie Engel lives in a towering house on top of a tall rock that looks down upon the small town of Edenburg. Extra s... READ MORE
Sarah Corcoran
Potentially confusing and unsettling storyline for under 11’s in a debut gothic adventure.
Lucy Hope’s debut novel is an atmospheric gothic adventure set in Bavaria in 1900 where Cassie Engel’s lives in a rather idiosyncratic house originally bui... READ MORE
Valerie Hall
A unique and memorable story - fantastic!
A refreshingly unique story with a unusual and memorable cast of characters. I loved the geographical setting (and the house itself, with its weird and won... READ MORE
This is such a wonderful read, and I would love this book to be illustrated as the house and location that Cassie lives in just absolutely enthralled me - ... READ MORE
Elaine Nicholson
Atmospheric and captivating
Here is a story with an atmospheric and captivating setting complete with a whole wealth of characters of interest. It begins with a heavy storm resulting... READ MORE
I wasn't sure what I'd think of this one, it's more fantasy than I'd usually go for but I devoured this. Cassie Engel lives in a strange house that holds a... READ MORE
Jenny Patterson
A startlingly original and eerily atmospheric tale...
In the year 1900, Cassie Engel lives in an unusual house perched precariously on top of a tall rock on the edge of the Bratvian Forest overlooking to town ... READ MORE
Rebecca Rouillard
A wonderfully gothic-fantasy Middle-Grade tale for all ages
I loved this book! This is a wonderfully gothic-fantasy Middle-Grade tale for all ages. Cassie Engel's life is turned upside down when a cherub is blown i... READ MORE
This is a peculiar and endearing story with a shadowy mystery underpinning the narrative. The story opens with a fantastical description of the family home... READ MORE
Leigh Souter
loved it
Wow I liked reading this book so much and I am definitely planning on reading more books written by this author! My favourite genre of book is usually psyc... READ MORE
Charlotte Jones
Steampunk Addams Family
Cassie Engel lives with her parents in a peculiar house on the top of a rock, at the edge of the Bratvian Forest. Her mother Gabriele spends her days up in... READ MORE
Abbey Manning
An exciting gothic fantasy