Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Story and Somnomancy

I like Serafina. She’s a strange, spunky girl with a mysterious past, an interesting skill set, and a set of problems that further gets stranger as the story progresses. Plus, she’s the Vanderbilt’s Chief Rat Catcher, which earns her double plus kudos. Because CRCs exist. Yep.


by Robert Beatty
Disney Hyperion, July 2015
Children’s historical fantasy
Rated: cookieratingcookieratingcookieratingcookierating / 5 cookies
provided by NetGalley

serafina“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…

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