"Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina and her pa have secretly lived in the basement of the grand old house on the Biltmore Estate, surrounded by dark forests, for as long as Serafina can remember. She takes the greatest of care never to be seen. But when children at Biltmore start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks the corridors at night.
To solve the mystery, Serafina teams up with Braden Vanderbilt, the nephew of the estate’s owners. Their search for answers leads them into the very forest Serafina has always been taught to fear. There, they discover a forgotten legacy of magic . .
Serafina lives in a magnificent house in the country right next to the forest. But Serafina and her Dad live in the basement and no one else knows she exists. She also has the uncanny ability to move around without being heard and to see clearly in the dark.
Night time is her friend, but when children start mysteriously disappearing, Serafina knows she must help them and the forbidden forest holds the key.
This is a wonderful fantasy story about friendship, bravery and most importantly accepting who you are and embracing your unique abilities.
Beautifully written, with a host of characters to both love and hate, readers who enjoy fantasy with a little danger will love Serafina.
Suited to all those in Year 7 and up.
Reviewed by Michelle