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Seraphim (Changelings #1)

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In a land where the battle between Good and Evil is always near, one Knight will make the cruel brotherhood pay for the region of terror they have caused and along the way uncover the power she holds within.
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Published March 21st 2006 by Luna Books (first published May 1st 2004)
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Jonathan
Aug 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
though it was in the fantasy section, and though the author claimed it only contained a little romance, which tends to be par for most of the fantasy fiction i have read, this story was rife with emotional quandary and sexual tension, the likes of which i find remarkably romance-novel-esque.

hauf might be prolific, but her writing is plodding and reaching: her choices for sentence structure, verb and adjective selection, and meandering adjective and adverb phrases, though intending to be other-w
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Kelly
Jun 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The year is 1433. Seraphim d’Ange is a young woman riding through France on a quest for revenge. The de Morte brothers attacked the d’Ange castle, killing Seraphim’s family. Seraphim was raped, wounded, and left for dead. Now she is disguised as “the Black Knight” and killing off the de Morte brothers one by one. Two down, three to go.

All of this takes place before Seraphim begins. Sera is now preparing to eradicate the third brother. She and her squire, Baldwin, meet a stranger on their journey
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Tenille
Sep 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
In the best places, banal and derivative of better stories, in the worst places, outright offensive.

Angelic "Sera" (short for Seraphim, of course) is on a quest for vengeance against the five brothers (demons in disguise, as it turns out) who raped her and killed her family. What could have been a fun, bloody romp is weighed down by excessively purple prose and the author's insistence on portraying Sera as a kind of bizarrely schizophrenic anti-feminist. Her inner monologue is constantly split
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Carol Storm
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is one of the few books I've ever read that was really too much of a good thing. It's a Harlequin Luna, which means a quality romance combined with a rich fantasy background.

The problem I had reading was that the fantasy background was really, really rich. I mean like egg-nog rich. I mean like cheesecake rich. The descriptions of the enchanted castles and the supernatural combat and the powers of the demons was so engrossing, yet after a while it just bogged down the whole story and I forg
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
This was the first review I ever posted online--back in 1994 on Amazon:

I've been keeping up with the Luna imprint for a friend interested in submitting. I love fantasy, like a well-written romance. No hardship I'd have thought. If it weren't for that, I would have stopped reading "Seraphim" at the prologue.

From the start, the prose was riddled with jarring point of view shifts, tense shifts, and the purplest of prose. There is much use of words like "'twas," "magick," "damsel" "yonder" and such
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Aminda
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I bought this book on a whim. AS I'm always on the look out for books featuring women warriors I though this would be a fabulous fit. Never have I been more wrong.

This book's protagonist starts off with so much promise, but the moment she encounters the love interest she is suddenly unable to operate. If it weren't for the fact that the book is so poorly written I would have been insulted. Sera who initially is in control and capable quickly begins to deny her own abilities, and this is the bes
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Lauren
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: old
Oh god, this book is absolute trash. I cannot remember what compelled me to pick it up in the first place, but from the moment I finished it I regretted my decision. I think perhaps I liked the idea of seeing the whole knight's quest thing with a woman at the head? No matter.

The writing in this book is laughable, the plot nonsensical, and most of all the single most prominent plot event is a rape that is handled terribly. Rape is a very serious thing, and this does not mean at all that it cannot
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Fantasy Literature
Dec 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
The year is 1433. Seraphim d’Ange is a young woman riding through France on a quest for revenge. The de Morte brothers attacked the d’Ange castle, killing Seraphim’s family. Seraphim was raped, wounded, and left for dead. Now she is disguised as “the Black Knight” and killing off the de Morte brothers one by one. Two down, three to go.

All of this takes place before Seraphim begins. Sera is now preparing to eradicate the third brother. She and her squire, Baldwin, meet a stranger on their journey
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Sarri Morin
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is not my typical read- but I love Michele Hauf so I had to pick this book up and let me tell you I am not sorry that I did, what an awesome read! The characters in this book were brought to life so well for me. Seraphim was everything I expected her to be and more, she was powerful, smart and sexy. When I was through reading this book I wanted to be her!!!! At let's not forget her companion the fae, he was yummy and mysterious. And what is a novel without bad guys? This one has those too,p ...more
Arn Howald
Aug 06, 2008 marked it as to-read
I read somewhere that a good test for a book is to read page 69 and see if can grab your attention. This sort of a random, leave it up to fate approach appeals to my sensibilities, so one day I tried it with this book in the library. I was sold, I checked it out and took it home. Of course the next day, the library called saying that they had a number of requested books for me, and could I please come pick them up. And so I've had to return this one, but I don't want to forget that it interested ...more
Michelle
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I wish the book had been a lot more clear from the start that it was going to be a terrible romancy novel.

I picked this book up on a whim from a used bookstore after the first two chapters caught my attention. I regret wasting my time with it. Terribly dialogue with even worse sentence structure made this book difficult to understand and the characters completely stock and dull. This is one of those novels that you read and wonder "how the hell did this author get published."
Sashana
I won’t write a long review for this book because I’m sure that there’s a better one around here somewhere. I’m an amateur when it comes to the fantasy genre but I loved this book. It had romance and action so anyone can read it. I didn’t know if I should finish reading after the first chapter but I did and I was rewarded. There are definitely some OMG moments in this one, which really comes in handy if you’re looking to move away from predictable reads.
Jess
Jul 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I admit, the Joan of Arc reference on the cover hooked me in. I was looking for a final book to round out my grabs and the library. I should've just left well enough alone. I got about 50 pages in, then gave up. I have read textbooks with more hook than the opening chapters of this book. Sorry, not a fan. I may give the author one more try, but that's about it.
Joy
Feb 12, 2009 added it
Nice fairytale style story with a femsle swordswoman against the demons who murdered her family. Aid comes from a hot fae Knight who falls in love with her. Not as loaded with sex as many occult romances are these days but makes up by actually being written well.
Amy
Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was good. Seraphim was a strong woman, and Dominique was quite the wonderful man, but the plot moved very slowly. None of the action really started until halfway through the book. But if you're patient, it's a good book.
Zeta Syanthis
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm going to start by saying that I recycled this book to take a copy out of circulation. I'm not sure if it's a "me too" jump on the bandwagon to make a quick buck, or just someone who doesn't really know how to write, but this one's just terrible. Skip it.
Nicole
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: calibre
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Ariane
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Superb! :)) I absolutely LOVE this book! <3
Likethereporter
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-books
Hmm. Well, the plot idea was interesting, but the writing wasn't my cup of tea.
Kai Gutierrez
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really like strong female characters and this medieval plot with a doze of Angel-devil battle really made me like this book.
Karen Desmond
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Elizabeth
Nov 21, 2008 marked it as to-read
TBR
nimrodiel
I really enjoyed this story. But, despite it's length I found it a quick read.
Tammy Tkach
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
not so great
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Michele has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage 'write what you know', all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of cre
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