Serafina and the Twisted Staff

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: Serafina, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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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 catamount. 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.

©2016 Robert Beatty (P)2016 Listening Library

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loved it

I absolutely loved this book, I think more so than the first book. Very exciting through out and I just couldn't stop!

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Fierce, with Heart

I love checking out these books as potential gifts for my Grandchildren - and in the "Serafina" series by Robert Beatty, I have found a winner.

Like "The Hunger Games" and even the Harry Potter series, these books do have a lot of violence, and that may and should be of concern to all of us. However, as in the kids' books mentioned, there is also a lot of energy, action, good writing, and heart! The message here is sound.

Beatty finds an appealing blend of the real (the Vanderbilt estate in North Carolina, with its Blue Ridge Mountain surroundings), the fantastic (rooted in Mountain folklore), and the coming-of-age tale. Serafina is growing up, and her longing for companionship, love, and acceptance reflect the traditional format for middle-reader-to-teen fiction. This child is truly different, and she has so far lived in isolation and confusion about her origins and her place in the world. Now, she has a chance for friendship, belonging, and usefulness. Who wouldn't fall in love with such a character, be they girl, boy, child, teen, adult, or grandmother?

I think the Serafina books are true cross-over tales that anyone who appreciates a good, sometimes scary fantasy will enjoy. There's an American history lesson here, and a respect for local legend and identity. I think parents (and grandparents, of course) can highly recommend both the Serafina tales (the first is "Serafina and the Black Cloak") for their favorite, somewhat intrepid, 10+ years'-old readers.

Even better, families could enjoy reading or listening to these books together!

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Better then book 1.

A must read. I bought 4 more to share with friends and family. Enjoy this read.

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Even better than the first one!

if it's even possible, I love the Serafina story even more! it was a great read, filled with twists and turns. Highly recommended.

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Great stories!

Both Seraphina stories are rich with magic, power, imagination, and intrigue. I would highly recommend reading these stories, especially if you love Biltmore as much as I do!

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Awesome story!

I loved it! I could not stop listening to it. The narrator was fantastic and made every detail easy to visualize. Hoping there will be a third book!

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Perfectly brought to life

Just as good if not better than the first. Wonderful characters magically brought to life. A fantastical thrill ride that draws you in and doesn't let you go.

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  • KJ
  • 01-23-20

I just don’t know!

There are some things about these books that I really don’t like. The magic is all dark magic and the imagery is often bloody and disgusting. If you are squeamish, this is a no. But the characters are quite interesting and the narration is excellent. I feel like a lot of questions don’t get answered completely and you are just supposed to accept that strange things happen in the forest. And yet, I am going to continue with this series because I feel connected to the people!

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Serafina Sores to New Heights

I bought the first book and this book in the series to listen to with my multiply disabled elementary school student, with whom I do home instruction. I have been looking up
photos to try to match the scenery, people, and Biltmore Estate on Google on her iPad. Since this is a real place, and many of the people and things described are also real, it has been relatively easy to find pictures. My student has limited motor movements and vision. She has shown her enjoyment of these books by sounds and the widening of her eyes when she is excited or worried about Serafina. Thank you Mr. Beatty for writing such suspense filled stores! Thank you to Ms. Campbell for another superb performance!

This 2nd story takes Serafina and her new friend Master Braedan into a new challenge, as it begins only 3 short weeks after Serafina’s defeat of “the man in the black cloak.” There is nonstop action and suspense from the very beginning of this volume, until almost the end.
Both Serafina and Braedan must dig deep into their inner strength to collaborate and deal with this new foe. Well done!!
This is a great book for any age if you like historical fiction mixed with mystery, suspense, and action. While the vocabulary is at the upper elementary level, it does have a few higher level words as well. It will appeal to boys and girls. We will read/listen to the 3rd book once we have finished this volume. I confess I listened ahead by the middle of the book to find out what happens....

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A good book

I is a good book for people who can't figure out what to read.
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