Songs of Seraphina
Publication date: June 30th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Some battles bleed so much, and for so long, that the earth never truly forgets their dead. Some battles are born of oppression, and some of greed, and some simply because it was written in the stars.
Three sisters—Charlemagne, Cairo and Pendragon Agonistes—are sent from America to England to live with their eccentric grandparents after their mother disappears and their father falls to pieces. But before the girls have time to find their feet, Charlemagne is married off to a dead man, Penny takes a nap and wakes up as a boy, and Cairo is swept into a dangerous romance with a man who wants her for more than her considerable charm. With the girls wrapped up in a conflict they barely understand, they don’t notice that their grandmother is transforming, or that the two demigod assassins who took their mother are now coming for them—if one of them can get over his crisis of conscience.
In this richly painted tale, at whose heart is the unbreakable bond of family and blood, the world of Seraphina collides with our own as three unique girls are dragged into twilight lives past, fighting for vengeance, retribution, and the survival of their exiled people.
This was wildly different from what I thought it would be, in a very good way. It wasn’t meek or easy to read, and it was wholly enjoyable. Even though it took me longer than I would have liked, I think that it can be a good change of pace to have a book take some time, rather than be easily digested in just a few hours. I also think the cover doesn’t do the book justice- it isn’t bad but it isn’t really a good preview of what lies inside. This is a lushly detailed fantasy for lovers of the genre, and it was quite obvious that the author herself was a fan of major fantasy writers even though her voice felt rather unique in her own tale. I think I’d like to see where this author goes from here, as this story definitely had more characters to be explored, though I’m not sure that’s on the table just yet. I really liked the sisters and their different personalities yet striking similarities. This was definitely tinged in ancient folklore and mythology so I was completely won over and would absolutely recommend this to you all.
Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.