Cassandra Reed (aka Sarah Smith) had a big first year at Miss Castwell's Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. She made some friends, gained a familiar, and saved the world from an evil witch bent on raising an army of undead, all the while keeping her real identity a secret. Now the dust has settled, a vision of the future warns of what will happen if Sarah doesn't find the other changelings (children born to the peasant class who have magical abilities).
At the same time, she is under increasing pressure from the council to come up with more spells from the Mother Book or they will find a way to replace her as the Translator. For the first time, romance is also a possibility for Sarah, with her friend Alicia's brother, Gavin McCray, seeking permission to formally court "Miss Reed". However, Sarah doesn't want to bring Gavin's family into disrepute if she is found out as a snipe girl and not a "proper Guardian lady". She must decide whether to be honest with Gavin and risk losing his respect or break things off now.
Fledgling is the much-anticipated sequel to Molly Harper's young adult fantasy novel, Changeling. It's a hoot! As with the first book, there are definite similarities to Harry Potter (especially with regard to the villain), but having read the Harry Potter books wishing there was a little more Hermione in them, I don't mind. There are also the added layers of steampunk weirdness, including fun magical gadgets like a bracelet with little book-shaped charms that can be turned into full-sized volumes, and a luxurious floating train. Personally, I'd have given this book four stars just for the evil unicorn.
I thought it seemed a bit too neat that there seem to be possible romances on the horizon not only for Sarah, but for her friends, Alicia and Ivy as well, but it remains to be seen whether any of those relationships go anywhere. Sorcery and Society continues to be a fun, witty, young adult fantasy series, and I will be looking forward to finding what happens in book 3.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Inscribe Digital, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.