Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

Series: Serafina
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Category: fantasy, historical action & adventure, juvenile fiction
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Format: unabridged audiobook from Audible
Age Range: 8 - 12
Grade Range: 3 - 7
My Rating: 4-stars

Description

Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the cat¬amount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.

Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she's convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.

Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina's role as Biltmore's protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina's best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore—and discovers its reach is far greater than she'd ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

Review

Thanks to severe migraines, I haven’t been able to read a physical book for quite some time. Take a look around this blog and you can begin to guess how disheartening that is for me. Fortunately, I can listen to audiobooks most of the time. So, thanks to a fantastic selection of audiobooks that I can borrow from my local library combined with an affordable Audible membership I am able to keep up with many of my favorite authors.

I was excited to get back into the Serafina books. It has been more than three years since I first read and reviewed Serafina and the Black Cloak so I ‘reread’ the book by listening to the audiobook before listening to Serafina and the Twisted Staff. It was worth the time. Cassandra Campbell, the narrator for the Serafina series, is genuinely talented. She made the books come alive as she is a master with pacing, dialects, accents, and characterization. Campbell gave a completely professional reading of the stories.

I found this second book in the Serafina series to be just as exciting as the first. Returning characters grow in depth and we are introduced to a new slate of characters, both good and evil. In the Serafina series, Robert Beatty gives us a good look at the value of a persons character. How character defines a person and influences the choices that they will make. Serafina and the Twisted Staff also delves deeply into the issues of friendship, trust, and betrayal. All of these topics are highly valuable for our children. This would be an excellent book to read or listen to with your child and hopefully genuine conversations about character, loyalty, and betrayal will be held between you.


the Seraphina series