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As we were finishing reading book 1 in this series, we came across this second book in the bookshop and my grand-daughter was absolutely delighted. Our expectations were fully met; the story is good, the characters develop and new ones are added, this time to include Frederick Olmstead, the creator of Central Park [one of granddaughters's favourite places] and of The Biltmore Estate. We explored the history of the Biltmore and read Beatty's afterword. We are both looking forward to more books by Paul Beatty.
This is an amazing book! I love how Robert Beatty depicts Biltmore estate. I was not surprised that it was real!!! I cannot wait until the next Serafina book comes out! I also love the characters and how they work together to solve the hardships in their way!!!
I had the opportunity to be a part of an "advanced reader" group and cannot say enough good things about this book! I was so excited to get to continue the story of Serafina, which I was completely taken in by in "Black Cloak". This book DEFINITELY does not disappoint. It is a total page turner! I realize this is a young readers book and I am a 30-something, but I really feel like it has no age limit. It's entertaining and highly suspenseful. The continuation of Serafina's personal story along with a new adventure were excellent reading. Robert Beatty has done a great job in continuing this saga and I CANNOT WAIT for the 3rd installment. If you liked the first one, I would be HIGHLY surprised if you did not LOVE this one. Serafina has really grown and started to come into her own.