Review: Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Posted 20 March, 2017 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Author: Robert Beatty
Published by Scholastics
Series: Serafina Series #1
Date Published: June 14th 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Mystery, Middle Grade
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon~ B&N
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"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul."
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate.There's plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina's hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

I will confess that it’s been quite some time since I read a middle grade/young adult book, but perusing my children’s family night book fair, I came across this book. I read the back of it and noticed one thing. Biltmore. Living in North Carolina, a few hours away from the Biltmore, I thought it would be the perfect dive back into the wonderful world of innocence and fun. I wasn’t wrong!

Serafina and The Black Cloak is a wonderful start to Mr. Beatty’s Serafina series. I read this in two sittings and loved every minute of this read! Serafina’s character is wonderful and I loved following her along the halls of the Biltmore Estate. The story is filled with just the right amount of kid-friendly mystery and is perfect for those curious minds that love to seek out clues and solve the puzzle.

Serafina’s search for answers on the disappearances within the walls of the magnificently built estate, and the lovely story line, Mr. Beatty has just become my favorite author for books like this. I am already looking forward to reading book 2, Serafina and the Twisted Staff. If it’s anything like this book, it will be just as captivating and filled with tremendous doses  of 5 star worthy moments! Fantastically done, Mr. Beatty. Fantastically done.

About Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Serafina series published by Disney Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 40 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.” Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the Serafina series comes out in July 2017.

Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.

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7 responses to “Review: Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

    • Thank you! I am excited to get my hands on the second copy….it’s all ordered via the Scholastics Book Fair at my child’s school but they ran out. So it’s paid for just gotta get it in! This is one series I can read again and again, I’m certain.


  1. Willard Jackson

    This sounds like a really good book. I have some coworkers that have miidle grade kids. I will suggest the book to them.

  2. I like a little mystery, but I could deal without the magical element. Overall, it seems like it would be a good read. What also drew me is I happen to know someone with the name Serafina.

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