The third book in The Serafina Series, Serafina and the Splintered Heart is a young adult novel about mystery and magic. The book is authored by Robert Beatty and follows the story from the previous installments Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff. The series has won several awards and draws comparisons with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Serafina and the Splintered Heart starts with the heroine, Serafina, struggling to come out of a coffin she has been buried into! Serafina has a job of fighting a sinister evil force that is threatening to tear her world apart. She is soon about to discover the mystery about herself and the fate that lies ahead.
This third installment follows an entirely different story than the previous ones but has all the twists and thrilling bits that made the whole series a hit. The historical setting of 1899 adds a spooky background to this mystery novel.
Everything about this book, right from its story to its cover design, takes you into a world that is very different from the real one.
We particularly want to mention the heroine of the entire series, Serafina. What strength and courage she possesses! She has found a fan in us. We would go back to reading the previous installments just for her.
Her best friend Braeden is someone who makes you feel you, too, are born for achieving greatness like him. For a while, you feel nothing is impossible, indeed, if you work towards it with your full heart.
The villain is hauntingly terrifying. Robert has crafted a villain that is worth being scared of, especially for young readers. The baddie makes the whole adventure and the protagonist’s fight with an evil more convincing.
The language of Beatty is lyrical and rich with dialects. This book could also serve as a lesson on writing for kids.
We give 4.5/5 stars to this concluding book in the spectacular series. This is a book for children that appeals to even adults! Unlike the previous books, Serafina and the Splintered Heart is much darker and horrifying. So we cannot say we recommend this book for kids aged 9 to 12, although it is promoted as a book for kids aged 9 years and up worldwide. If your kid is a fan of the series, you might want to read it to him or her and cut the parts you find that might be disturbing for your child.