SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty
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SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART

From the "Serafina" series, volume 3
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third volume of the Serafina series opens in terror.

Serafina awakes in a dark, confined space. She has nowhere to move, and the air smells of earth. Suddenly she realizes she has been buried alive. Through sheer determination and by keeping her feline wits about her, Serafina breaks free of her coffin. Millions of questions flood her mind. Why was she buried? Who buried her? What happened to her body? Serafina glides through the forest in her not-quite-dead spirit form searching for answers. Much has changed while she was underground. Heavy rains have rearranged the landscape, her friend Braeden sports a leg brace, and a scaly, clawed figure roams the mountainside. A great evil has descended on Biltmore, but how will Serafina stop it if she cannot touch, feel, or talk to the living? Beatty’s latest shows no signs of collapsing into formula, instead presenting new, exciting, and sometimes-frustrating challenges for the beloved heroine and her crew. From the first gripping page, the book pulses with action and intrigue. The magic and the mystery of the mountains weave from one chapter to the next. Beatty decidedly keeps readers on the edge of discovery as the plot unfurls. Each character continues to surprise both one another and readers with their emotional complexity.

A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: July 4th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4847-7504-2
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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