Serafina and the Black Cloak: Serafina #1 by Robert Beatty
A clever set up for a magical story full of questions, secrets and a touch of danger. Serafina is a secret resident of the Biltmore Estates with her father, an engineer. Not knowing anything about herself, and only out at night to catch rats, Serafina sees a man in a black cloak and the mystery begins.
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Children are disappearing, and with Serafina’s knowledge of the mysterious man, she decides she wil have to solve the mystery. But, she’s not doing it alone, Braeden is the nephew of the owners, and not only does he befriend her, but agrees to keep the secret of her existence.
There were so many wonderful points of this story: the secrets that Serafina uncovers about herself and her own destiny and abilities, the solid friendship between she and Braeden, and even the creepy moments wandering the estate. While I would have loved a bit more development of both Serafina and Braeden’s characters, a bit of background to explain why her father was so careful about revealing her own history, and even some more moments where Serafina actually questioned her life. But, the story despite a bit of a slow middle picked up neatly and raced to the end, leaving me to forget about what I wanted and just enjoying the ride. Perfect for readers 10 or older, there’s plenty to explore and like about this story.
Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Series: Serafina #1
Genre: Children's Literature, Fantasy / Magical Realism, Middle Grade Fantasy
Published by: Disney/Hyperion
Published on: 14 July 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 40 minutes
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About the Book:
“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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