“With every injury, we become more of who we are,”
-Robert Beatty, “Serafina and the Splintered Heart”
“Serafina and the Splintered Heart,” is the third installment in the Serafina series by Robert Beatty. Serafina wakes in a grave to find herself split into three separate beings; her physical body which lies in the grave, her panther body that runs wild in the forest, and her spiritual body which roams the forest and the grounds of the Biltmore unable to interact with the world around her. She has no memory of how she came to be split from herself. However, she knows that she must find a way to reunite all the parts of herself so she can join her friends in the battle against an old and familiar evil. With the help of her friends and the other creatures of the forest, Serafina must engage in her most harrowing battle yet.
Each Serafin book has been better than the one that came before it. Though I don’t have as many comments to make on this book as I have regarding the first two books in this series, I was absolutely enthralled by this book. I thought the the concept of splitting Serafina into three separate beings was extremely entertaining. The plot of this book was definitely it’s most alluring feature. Serafina wakes in a grave and quickly finds that she is unable to interact with the world around her or remember how she ended up in the grave to begin with. She follows her friends Braeden and Waysa, unable to communicate with them about the dangers she has seen lurking in the forest. She is forced to turn to an unlikely ally to assist her in reuniting each of her three parts. Once whole again, Serafina joins her friends and the creatures of the forest in battle against the creator of the black cloak. In a surprising turn of events, Serafina and her friends find that the dangerous black cloak may be the only thing that can hold such great evil. I liked that the black cloak was brought back into the story again, though I hope that the last book in the series brings in some new villains to fight.
If I had one critique about this book it would be the unexplained shifts in character development regarding Serafina and Braeden. Due to her time spent as spirit, Serafina comes back into her body with new powers. She is now somehow able to influence the elements around her. Perhaps these new powers will be explained more in the final book in the series. Additionally, we are still waiting for Braeden’s power of communicating with and healing animals to be explained. In this book, Braeden’s powers grow even stronger as he is able to call all of the animals of the forest into battle. However, we still don’t know HOW or WHY a normal human boy has these powers. I think that this aspect of Braeden’s character adds to the story in a nice way, but it feel that the holes created by the unexplained origins of all of these new “powers” that keep popping up need to filled.
However, I was quite pleased with the character development of Uriah and Rowena. In this book, we finally get to see WHY Rowena is the way she is. Instead of seeing her as a villain, we begin to see her as a girl in need of forgiveness and friendship. On the other hand, Uriah steps fully into the role of “villain.” Finally we are able to see the extent of his power as he created storms to destroy the forest and proves himself to be unkillable. It will be interesting to see if Serafina and her friends were able to put him down for good or if he will make another appearance in the final book.
Next Up: “Serafina and the Seven Stars,” by Robert Beatty 🦄
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