Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a fascinating sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak. The book takes place just three weeks after defeating the man in the black cloak in the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina 1899. The main character is Serafina. She is the daughter of a catamount. A catamount is a cougar that can also shape-shift into a human. She has a best friend named Braeden. Braeden is the nephew of the Vanderbilt’s. He has a Doberman named Gidean and also loves rescuing animals.
The story begins with Serafina in the woods. While she is practicing hunting for rats, she notices that the animals are fleeing the area. Upon deeper investigation she discovers many animals locked up in cages. Then she saw a man holding some kind of staff and using it to control the animals. She then goes back to the Biltmore to tell Braeden. When she finds Braeden, she meets a new girl in town named Lady Rowena. She was unable to tell Braeden because of Lady Rowena. That night, she was hunting rats in the Biltmore, as usual, when Braeden’s dog Gidean attacks her. She didn’t know why Gidean attacked, but she knew she had to get out of the Biltmore to be safe. She ends up meeting a boy named Waysa who is friends with her mother and also a catamount. She and Waysa try to figure out who the man with the staff is. They later get help from Braeden and Lady Rowena.
Personally, I think this was a very exciting book with a lot of thrilling events inside. I would recommend it as a good series for middle schoolers, it would be great for a class to study as a series. The book is very relatable to tweens and teens. Also, if you live near the Biltmore, you can relate to the places in the book.