Monday, October 16, 2017

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty - ADVSIABLE

Beatty, Robert.  Serafina and the Splintered Heart.  355 pages.  Disney Hyperion, 2017.  $16.99.  Language: G. Sexual Content: G.  Violence: PG.
The third book in the Serafina series (Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff), starts with Serafina waking up and realizing she is buried alive.  She fights her way out of the coffin only to find that no one else can see her or hear her.  She's been split into three: her spirit, her human body, and her black panther form.  Even worse, her friend Braedon has put on the black cloak which is evil.  She discovers that her old enemy Rowena can hear her.  Rowena says that she’s changed and will now help them fight her father, Uriah the conjurer.  But can she be trusted?  How can they defeat a man who cannot die?

Fast-paced from the first paragraph to the final conclusion.  Rowena shows the most character development by showing it is who we choose to be, rather than who we once were, that determines our future.  Serafina continues to be a strong female protagonist in both wits and grit.  Author, Robert Beatty does a great job of tying in elements from the first two books into the storyline and resolving them in this third story.  Recommended for libraries where the first two books were popular.      
EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS. 

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