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Serafina and the Twisted Staff

(Serafina #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  8,362 ratings  ·  1,035 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Robert Beatty The book series has been generating quite a bit of interest among producers, but we don't have anything definite yet. Keep your fingers crossed. :)…moreThe book series has been generating quite a bit of interest among producers, but we don't have anything definite yet. Keep your fingers crossed. :)(less)
Robert Beatty Thank you so much for your comment. Book #2 comes out in July of 2016. I am working on Book #3 now, which will be published July 2017. We'll see what …moreThank you so much for your comment. Book #2 comes out in July of 2016. I am working on Book #3 now, which will be published July 2017. We'll see what happens after that. :)(less)

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Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Serafina and the Twisted Staff picks up just a few weeks after the end of the first book when Serafina and her allies defeated a dark evil preying on the children visiting the Biltmore Estate.

As much as Serafina learned about herself in the last book, she still has more to learn. There are new surprises and bigger, badder villains. Friendships forged in the first book will be put to the test while new and exciting relationships force Serafina to push herself even further. It is a story about gro
Kimberly Dawn
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this novel, the second of the series, Serafina becomes bolder, fiercer, and finds and embraces who she is......I highly recommend this one - enjoyable for big kids, tweens, teens, and adults!

The fairytale-like beauty of the Biltmore mansion and its estate are at risk, as evil forces are at work.

Fantasy, shapeshifting, mountain folklore, nature, wildlife...this book has it all and more. Fierce battles ensue against dark powers who wish to destroy the animals of the forest to further their own
Lonna | FLYLēF
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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IT COSTS ME twice as much to read Serafina and the Twisted Staff. I purchase one copy for myself, and one copy for my Goddaughter (who is also my niece). But, ssh. She doesn’t know yet, unless she’s reading this. In which case…SURPRISE, BABY GIRL!

In this dazzling and magical sequel, New York Times best selling author, Robert Beatty continues to weave an enchanting tale centered at Biltmore Estate, a magnificent and very
Now I loved the first book in this series and I kind of went crazy at the library and got all three of the books before I even opened the first one. So, one could say I was definitely hoping (and really praying) that the next two books didn't sucks ass. The first one didn't but you never know when the second book comes out.

I feel like Serafina is like a weird nancy drew (weird because of the whole lion thing) because once again there's a new evil in town and who is the only one to defeat it? Her
Sophomore-itis. That's the best description of this.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was one of the best YA novels I read last year. It had a great setting, interesting characters and an unique supernatural twist. The Twisted Staff brings back our plucky heroine and Braedon, her wealthy sidekick and friend, but lacks the magic of the first go around. Serafina rushes to and fro, from one emergency to another, getting her butt kicked repeatedly by animals seemingly gone insane, but there's no heart to
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing! I was not disappointed at all. I'm loving this series.

The character development in this books was just as good as the previous book. Even though Serafina was respected and treated as a hero, she did not completely belong with the humans or the catamounts. As a result, she felt lonely. Then a horrible incident occurred which made her feel like even more of an outsider. However, despite this, you could sense her courage and throughout the book she improved herself
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Serafina and the Black Cloak was one of my favorite books of 2015, which was truly surprising since I don't actually review a lot of middle grade fiction. Originally (correct me if I'm wrong) it was only meant to be a standalone book. Luckily for all of us, Serafina was so well received that she got a second book! When Serafina and the Twisted Staff was announced I knew I had to see what happened next!

This book picks up not too long after the first left
Linda Woodward
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am privileged to have received an advanced reader copy of a captivating new book entitled Serafina and the Twisted Staff, which was written by author Robert Beatty. This fast paced mystery book is the second one in a series about a young girl whose existence has been kept a secret by her pa who lives in the basement of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. By creating his story as historical fiction, the author places the reader into the elegant 1899 lifestyle of the Vanderbilts wh ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Serafina and Braydon find themselves against a familiar foe, but with a helper who was not expected. Serafina is able to come to terms with her identity and starts to accept herself through her changes. I found this book to be entertaining and a fun read.
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No Spoilers
I received an ARC and promised to give an honest review.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a middle grade mystery, adventure novel by Robert Beatty.
The action is fast-paced and grabs the reader's attention immediately. The setting is Biltmore Estate and the surrounding mountains of North Carolina. It's the perfect setting for the sinister goings on. Serafina is a 12 yr old trying to find her place in the world. I LOVE that she is a strong female character. The other characters in the
Jw Costner
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My mother and I are on the SART (Serafina Advanced Readers Team). I am 13 years old and I thought the first book was fantastic. I love to read and I enjoy going to the Biltmore House. Of course, I had to read the book first! Here is my review without spoilers...

Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a wonderful book! There are some intense moments right from the beginning. The first two chapters draw you in and you can't stop reading. The story also shows compassion & friendship between both old char
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this series. I loved every second spent reading this wonderful magical story. ...more
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
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So…at the second day of my summer vocation, I devoured my second ARC. Perfect! I can see how I’m going to spend my entire summer vocation. I’ll pass my whole summer like that. Yeah!!!!! Now…Serafina and the Twisted Staff? Robert Beatty has done it again! This book is even better than the first one. I love book series that are getting better!!! There shouldn’t be something that called “second book slump!” I enjoy every moment of this book this t
Jil Meadows
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Robert Beatty lures readers deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains in Serafina and the Twisted Staff, a spellbinding fantasy steeped in the history of Western North Carolina. In this captivating sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak, Beatty spins an enchanting yarn in which legendary figures, magically gifted humans, and chimerical beasts mingle with memories of a nascent Asheville and Appalachian lore. As the tale unfolds, our heroine hones her skills as a creature of the night, roaming ever furth ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. Here it is:

Robert Beatty has done it again! This book was packed full of adventure from the beginning. Since the defeat of Mr. Thorne and the Black Cloak, Serafina has been able to come out into public at the Biltmore House. She can wander the corridors as she pleases and can still spend time with her partner in crime, Master Braeden Vanderbilt. You don't get far into the book before Serafina realizes that something is amiss. She and Brae
Kayla Edwards
Robert Beatty has done it again. Continuing series books do not usually surpass the first for me, but Serafina and the Twisted Staff has definitely become my favorite book of the series thus far. I am so impressed by the author's ability to capture the real spirit of Biltmore Estate in a work of fantasy and dark magic. I absolutely love Serafina and her struggle to find her identity between both of her worlds.

Readers of all ages will love this book - the suspense will keep even the most relucta
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Serafina and the Black Cloak was the best children's books I read last year. For some reason I didn't love the second book as much as the first one. It was very slow, for two-thirds of the novel nothing happened at all, and it drug on for me forever. I struggled to connect with the characters and the story throughout. I kept picking it up and reading a few pages and then putting it down. The twisted staff was described very poorly and I had a very little understanding of what it actually was. Ov ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I thought the first book was going to be too good to beat... But I might be wrong!
Mikaela Garcia
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't describe how much I loved it. more than the first book. ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to receive a pre-release copy of "Serafina and the Twisted Staff", the 2nd in the series by Robert Beatty, as I thoroughly enjoyed "Serafina and the Black Cloak" and didn't want it to end. I know this series is aimed at young readers, but it's always been one of my favorite genres.

Serafina finds herself face to face with some very dark evil once again, and has to make some difficult decisions. Through her battles, she learns more about herself and her lineage, and also grapples wi
The Reading Countess
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Serafina and the Black Cloak. In fact, I reached out to the author and requested a Skype session with him after arranging a book club for my fourth grade students last October. I couldn't put it down, and knew that my kids would feel the same. They did. In fact, one of my students emailed him to tell him just how much his book had changed her as a reader and he promised (and delivered an ARC) before the end of school for her. She was a rock star that day in her class.

That's wh
Ashley Greene
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am on the SART, and I was thrilled to receive a copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff. I am an elementary school media coordinator, and I noticed that a ton of my kids were reading Serafina and the Black Cloak. I wondered why they were devouring it and why it was so popular. After reading the book myself I knew I HAD to get my hands on the next book. It surely did not disappoint! The book is wonderful, and my students are going to love it!

The book goes even deeper into the capacity of the Bi
Robert Beatty has created a compelling sequel that more than lives up to the first book. The action takes off in the first chapter and never really lets up (although Serafina has a few quieter moments they are few and far between). Just as Serafina is coming to terms with her shapeshifting abilities and is trying to figure out where she belongs: Biltmore or the forest. While wandering the forest one night she observes a strange carriage pulled by four wildlike stallion that drops off a strange m ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just finished my Advanced Readers copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff and as with the previous book, I could not put it down (except when I had to go to work).

The story starts three weeks after the ending of the first adventure. The mystery quickly develops, along with all the characters both old and new. Lots of surprises there! It is wonderful to have a strong, young girl heroine like Serafina to share with my granddaughters.

Along with the development of the story, Mr. Beatty vividly des
Megan Miller
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sequel that I liked better than I first? Yes. I have a little bit of the same problem with voice as I did in the first, but I'm ignoring it now.
Yeah, it was good. Maybe a little predictable, but given the target demographic that's not surprising.
Laura Harrison
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a such an original, exciting series. Interesting and fast paced. I would have devoured it as a child. Great, exceptional series.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-up to "Serafina and the Black Cloak." It's fast-paced, smartly-written, and full of magical realism. I highly recommend. ...more
Amy Sturgis
This sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak does not disappoint. Beautifully done.
Lucy King
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tak jak moc mě první díl nebavil, tak moc mě teď dostal ten druhý. Naprosto jsem ho zhltala za dva dny, nemohla jsem se od něj odtrhnout. Bylo to velice napínavé celou dobu. Serafína je jasným důkazem, že není dobrý nápad zavrhnout celou sérii jen proto, že se mi nelíbil první díl. Jsem moc ráda, že jsem ji dala druhou šanci. A teď jsem moc zvědavá na třetí závěrečný díl.
I did not like the first book at all, but this second one, wow, I could not stop reading. It was amazing. Really you should n
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Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina series and Willa of Dark Hollow, both published by Disney Hyperion. He is also an Executive Producer for the WILLA live-action television series that is currently in development. WILLA OF DARK HOLLOW, which can be read as a stand-alone story or as a follow-up to WILLA OF THE WOOD, is now available for order.

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