Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

A spooky mystery-thriller about an unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate. Watch the exciting new book trailer.

“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 Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in the shadowed corridors of her vast home, but 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 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 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.
Serafina and the Black CloakSerafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Serafina and the Black Cloak is promising to be one of the biggest books released this year. After reading it, I can see what all the hype is about. This is a book that much like Harry Potter did, will keep the kid’s imaginations wildly anticipating what is going to happen next.

I was taken aback a little by how dark this novel is. I don’t expect everything to be roses and butterflies, but for a first book, this was rather dark. I do however, thank the author for keeping those elements consistent throughout the story. Serafina is a character that was designed to carry a book like this, and she pulls it off well.

This book fascinated my children and they were insistent about getting to the end of it, which is usually a pretty good sign that they care about what you are reading with them. As a mum, that makes me happy.

The setting for this story is unbelievably interesting and allows you a chance to open a conversation with your kids and teach them something fun.

Overall, this was a great book for kids, and even for the adults in the family. I think you should check it out.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.

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