Serafina has always been different and shut away. Living with her Pa in the basement at the Biltmore Estate she has never been allowed to interact with other people. One night, while Serafina is prowling the grounds, she watches as a girl suddenly disappears. Serafina wants nothing more than to save the girl, even if it means breaking her Pa’s rules. After more children go missing Serafina will stop at nothing to save them; even if it means befriending a Biltmore boy and venturing out into the dark woods that surround the estate.
Wonderfully written, it is easy to be captivated as the story flows from one scene to the next. The author incorporates the historic Biltmore Estate in 1899 and adds a new twist of suspense and mystery. Action, horror, and a little bit of fantasy all come together as the story addresses themes of friendship and finding oneself. Serafina doesn’t ever feel like she can fit in, but that never stops her; her fearless mindset and always choosing to do the right thing makes her a powerful protagonist. Under lying plot lines of Serafina finding out who she is on top of solving the mystery of the man in the black cloak will keep readers turning the page to find out what happens next.
This is the first of 4 books in the Serafina series.
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