by Robert Beatty
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published by Listening Library on July 14, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes
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"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 her grand 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 lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to sneak and hide.
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.
Serafina and the Black Cloak is a magical story. This was just what I needed to add adventure to my reading list.
Serafina and the Black Cloak is a middle grade series that people of all ages will enjoy. Serafina has been secretly living in the basement of the Vanderbilts estate with her Pa. Her Pa has been employed as the estate’s maintenance man by the Vanderbilts for many years but has been keeping his daughters existence a secret. Fear of being discovered and becoming homeless Pa has strict rules for Serafina to follow: stay hidden and stay away from the deep parts of the forest. Serafina has always obeyed her Pa but longs for a friend her age. But when children start disappearing and Serafina is a witness she knows she has to do something to solve the mystery. Thus begins an adventure filled with mystery and paranormal twists that kept me entertained and intrigued.
Serafina is a great character. Despite the danger she knows she has to help solve the case. I loved her curiosity and her thirst for knowledge. Along the way she finally makes a friend and learns the truth of her past.
The story has a paranormal twist to it that is creepy and makes this a fun read (it’s always fun to be scared). I did think this was predictable but I still enjoyed the suspense. This is a great adventure that readers of all ages will enjoy.
This is the first time I listened to Cassandra Campbell and I enjoyed her performance. I was amazed to have discovered she has narrated nearly 200 audiobooks. I loved her voice for Serafina which had a touch of a southern accent. Her performance was solid and kept me engaged. I look forward to listening to her in the next book.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Audiobook Challenge
- COYER Summer 2016