Author(s): Robert Beatty
Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.
Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she's convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.
Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina's role as Biltmore's protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina's best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.
Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore--and discovers its reach is far greater than she'd ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.
REVIEWS FOR SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK "This gripping, suspenseful tale is sure to be a page turner!" (Amightygirl.com) GOODREADS: Voted #1 Middle Grade Novel of 2015 "Hauntingly beautiful..." "A mysterious and captivating read..." "A page-turner that I read in two days." "A riveting mixture of historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery." "Fast-paced, suspenseful, and written with beautiful imagery." "Sure to be a hit with my students!" (Goodreads) "Each new clue adds another brush stroke to this keenly perceptive portrait of a young girl searching for answers about herself and the world around her... The book leaves readers satisfied with the plot but hungry for more about its unusual heroine." (Kirkus Reviews)
Robert Beatty is the debut and New York Times bestselling author of the magical and mystery thriller Serafina and the Black Cloak. He lives in the forested Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with his wife and three daughters (and four cats, four dogs and four horses). The Beattys love to explore the beautiful Biltmore Estate, the darkened forest trails, and the creepy old graveyards where his Serafina novel takes place. In his past lives, Robert was the chairman of literary magazine, Narrative Magazine, one of the early pioneers of Cloud Computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, and the founder of Beatty Robotics. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year. robert-beatty.com