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Rain has never chosen her own name. Nor has she met a polite apple tree, been caught in a house’s security spell, or ridden a horse . . . winged or not. What she does know is that, after having been a slave for all thirteen years of her common life, she’s free and has nowhere to go. That all changes when she’s taken in by the peculiar Domrey Seranfyll, who was drunk when hRain has never chosen her own name. Nor has she met a polite apple tree, been caught in a house’s security spell, or ridden a horse . . . winged or not. What she does know is that, after having been a slave for all thirteen years of her common life, she’s free and has nowhere to go. That all changes when she’s taken in by the peculiar Domrey Seranfyll, who was drunk when he purchased Rain’s freedom and doesn’t remember doing so. Some say he’s part devil and spent time overseas learning the dark arts—not the sorts of things one hopes for in a housemate. And the longer Rain keeps company with Lord Seranfyll, the more magic and mayhem she gets tangled into, all the while discovering that being free can be far more exciting, and dangerous, than she ever imagined....

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Seranfyll Reviews

  • Katy
    2019-03-15 08:24

    Please note: I read and reviewed this in August of 2011. I'm updating the formatting and adding the disclaimer that I received a free copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Book Info: Genre: FantasyReading Level: Middle Grade (whatever age can read it on up)Recommended for: anyoneMy Synopsis: Rain has always been a slave. She lived with and worked for the kind Lord Peachtree, but Lord Peachtree has had a bad peach harvest for the past several years, and then gambled away what little he had left. After selling off his extra land, equipment and animals, he is left with no choice but to start selling his slaves – and the latest to be sold is Rain. Taken away by the weasely and dishonest Snevil, she starts to despair after days that no one will buy her. However, late one day, a drunken Lord comes along, buys every slave that Snevil had, and then frees them. Rain, along with the boy Coal, decides to stay with Lord Seranfyll, despite the rumors that persist in naming him a devil and magic user. While Seranfyll is a mage, he is also kind and takes in the children, naming them his siblings. Rain’s adventures are just beginning.My Thoughts: This is a charming book, full of fun and magic – as well as danger and adventure – and is one I highly recommend for anyone, from the age where they can read this up through anyone of any age. It is a delightful read and I highly recommend it.

  • MJ
    2019-02-25 06:21

    This was an awesome free book I had the fortune to read from Amazon. In the Fantasy tradition of Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackney is this story about a slave girl name Rain. I was so moved by her departure from the family who owned her and to the slave market, she was then bought up on a whim of a drunken Lord. This Lord sets the slaves free in an alcoholic fancy at his "party." Rain is the only who stays, then another boy named Coal. The Lord turn out to be an exceedingly lonely Mage who needs Rain and Coal as much as they need him. It was an awesome story! There's flying horses, a golden city where the King lives, and a bad guy (who was a bit shallowly written). I enjoyed the side-side characters like the Apple tree and chicken-man as much as the side and main. Everyone grew some and it was well written (couple typos) and I stayed up late last night reading the first 80%.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-23 08:45

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.My Summary: Rain was born into slavery. Her life has always been centered around a routine: take care of the master's needs before your own. But Rain is happy with her life - her masters treat her and the rest of the servants like human beings, and she and her sister Snow have been allowed to grow up together and take care of each other.But things can't last. Master Peachtree sells Rain and a few of the other servants to help pay off his debts, and Rain and her sister are separated. Taken to market to be sold, Rain expects to be bought by another family and put to work right away. Instead, a young man rides into town, drunk out of his mind, and buys 10 slaves - including Rain.Arriving at the young man's castle, Rain expects to be put to work immediately - the place is in a state of extreme disrepair - but instead she and the other slaves are handed their papers and told the last thing they ever expected to hear: they are free.My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book a lot more than I'd anticipated originally! Although I had a little bit of trouble getting into it at first, after the first 30 or so pages I was hooked.This book deals with a lot of topics: friendship, slavery, growing up, (and more!) and I loved the way the author was able to incorporate them each subtly. There was never a point where you could think, "this book is based solely on friendship" or "this book is about growing up", because the author manages to weave all these topics together seamlessly throughout the course of the novel, never overwhelming the reader. I also adored the element of magic in this book - it was a great way to add excitement (and readers will definitely enjoy it if they like fantasy and magic).I also loved the characters! Coal and Domrey were both really genuine, and Domrey goes through a major shift in the eyes of the reader over the course of the book. He starts off as a silly drunk you think has money and power and everything he wants, but as you delve deeper into the novel you get to see him as he really is: lonely and generous and compassionate. Coal was great as well, and I loved the way he stayed with Rain even though they didn't know each other that well.Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading younger YA, and anyone who enjoys books with an element of magic and fantasy.

  • Melanie McCullough
    2019-03-20 09:39

    Actual Rating 3.5 StarsI really enjoyed this one, but I have to say that it took me completely by surprise. I wasn't expecting to like it. This isn't because of the book itself, it's simply that I was in a foul mood when I sat down to read it, and, as any reader knows, your mood can greatly influence your reading experience. However by the time I was finished with this story not only was I immensely satisfied, I'd completely forgotten what I was upset about to begin with. Isn't it amazing what a good book can do?I completely fell in love with the characters from this book. They're engaging and charming, from Rain to Coal to Domrey. Daley certainly does a remarkable job of making you care for her characters. The story itself starts a little slow with Rain being sold and taken from the home she knew and loved, but it picks up once she arrives at Domrey's manor.The language and subject matter are perfectly suited to a middle grade audience. And while the book is a little on the longish side, it doesn't feel that way when you're reading it, and it's filled with enough magic and action to keep even the younger readers interested. I really don't have anything negative to say about the book. It was a fun, enchanting debut from a talented writer. One that I would recommend to readers looking for a great MG fantasy novel. I personally can't wait to see what Daley has in store for her fans next.

  • Cambria
    2019-03-26 05:22

    Title: SeranfyllAuthor: Christina DaleyGenre: FantasyPublisher: May 2011 by Christina DaleyAISN: B00508VT3YFormat: EbookRain was born into slavery; it’s all she’s ever known. She has never had any possessions and doesn’t even have a proper name. Yet, in her thirteen years of life, she has been lucky. She lives with her sister, Snow, under the control of Lord Peachtree who treats his slaves as humans. But her life is about to change.Because Lord Peachtree has a little problem…okay, a big problem. With gambling. And he settles a debt with Rain. So she is ripped from the only home she has known and sent off with a thief who only wants to sell her to the highest bidder.Luck is on her side once more in the form of an eccentric man. Domrey Seranfyll comes to market one day, drawing everyone’s stares. Because he’s drunk. And he’s singing. Did I mention that he is riding backwards?Everyone in town starts whispering, calling him the devil and watching him warily. They whisper about a flying horse and a cursed Manor. He causes quite the stir when he purchases ten slaves and then leads them from the square while still singing.Rain isn’t sure what to make of this man and his huge manor that has been neglected for years. What is even stranger is that instead of putting the slaves to work he hands them all their name papers and sets them free.A slave for thirteen years and a freeman for thirteen seconds, Rain has no idea what to do or where to go. So she stays. And cleans up after the passed out drunk. All the other slaves leave except for Coal, who stays behind to look after Rain.As Rain and Coal begin to unlock the secrets of the enchanted estate (like brooms and mops that walk on their own! And apple trees that move!), they begin to wonder if the rumors they heard in town are true…could Domrey Seranfyll be the devil and would he curse them when he wakes from his drunken stupor?Seranfyll is quite a charming tale. The pages practically gleam with glittering enchantment. If you like fairytales and the possibility that there might be more to life than meets the eye then this book is certainly for you. And if you don’t believe in such possibilities then you might after you read this book.I’ll be honest and say that I was really doubtful when I first started this book. Only because Rain is thirteen and I was afraid that the book would be a little young to really pull me in. I myself, am not thirteen anymore, and I thought that I might not relate to her that well. In this book age is just a number because Rain is not thirteen. She has the maturity of a girl much older. Probably because of the way she was raised and her life up until the start of the book. Even throughout the book Rain matures, which is fabulous for character development. It is really is good writing when you can see a character progress and change. Which, really, all three main characters do. They all grow in the relationships that they have with each other. And often times they test each other, they don’t always get along but they are bonded together and that makes it possibly to find their way back to what really matters.I loved reading as Rain developed, deciding upon what kind of person she would be. She is a very gentle soul but does learn that sometimes you must speak up for yourself. She also accomplishes things and experiences things that she never thought possible…and I’m not talking magic here, though I’ll get to that. She meets the king, learns to read and write, and grows an inner confidence that shines.Domrey is another character that grows throughout the story. In the beginning he comes off as silly, indulgent and selfish. And very, very immature. But really, deep down he feels alone and insecure. Even though it appears that his life has been charmed you learn that it hasn’t. By the end of the book you see him as a man with flaws but also a man who is fiercely loyal, generous to a fault and filled with good intentions. What he does for Coal changed everything in the way the reader viewed him. And okay…he still might be a bit immature…but do you know any guy who isn’t?Coal is another strong character. He is stubborn, proud and jaded. The perfect contrast to Domrey and Rain. He tends to be pessimistic and lacks the dialogue to say what it is he wants to say so he comes off as gruff and abrasive. And might I add that he is far beyond the mindset of a thirteen year old.The relationship dynamic is fantastic between these three and I loved that you could see them really working to create a family. In that respect the book seemed very real.Now, onto flying horses and brooms that clean on their own…Added in with all characterization was the enchantment. And I was really charmed by the manor and the things that came to life. It reminded me a lot of the castle from Beauty and the Beast and all the things that lived within its walls.My favorite was the worn and broken mop and bucket that would work tirelessly along with Rain to clean. They were like eager puppies wanting to please their owner. The other brooms, mops and buckets were very naughty. The flying horses were also fabulous and the knitting of magic blankets to cover their wings was just really clever.I also, thoroughly enjoyed the apple tree who would offer its sweet fruit when asked.There is one more thing I would like to touch on before I close. The romance element. I know you might be scratching your head here because there is not romantic element in the story. And that’s okay because it doesn’t belong. These people are building a family. The girl is thirteen and well, just because. BUT as I was reading I (and maybe it’s just me) couldn’t help but wonder as Rain aged how the relationship she had with Coal and Domrey would change. Would it? I could see the chemistry she had with both men. There was the way she argues with Coal as they were old and married to the way she and Domrey seemed to just fit together like two halves of a whole. The way she would lay in bed and watch the light in his observatory and be comforted made me think that maybe she had feelings for him she had yet to name. It would be quite the love triangle. And did Domrey feel more for Rain that a brotherly/sisterly bond? Was he merely getting to know her and allowing her to come into herself before he declared his love? And, would the three settle into a family brother/sister relationship (that they seemed to really work toward) and then any chance of more would be lost? I sincerely hope that Ms. Daley is planning a sequel…maybe fast forwarding two or three years into the future so this can be explored. And also with the all enchanting possibilities this story would make a great series.You should read this book on a day when the dark clouds are heavy with rain and rumble with thunder because it is the type of book that you can really escape into with a blanket in your lap and a steaming drink (like a latte!) at your elbow.So there you have it. My opinion.This review is written by Cambria Hebert

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-08 04:36

    Seranfyll is an enchanting story that welcomes the reader into its world. The characters are delightful. Rain is a former slave who finds her life changed by the quirky Lord Domrey Seranfyll. Many think of him as a devil but he really is just a charming, magical, lonely soul. Coal is a former slave who completes the little made up family of Seranfyll. The story is whimsical with a hint of danger. The setting is not easy to identify but I believe that it was intended to be timeless. Seranfyll is labeled for readers 10 years old and older. I am in no way a 10 year old but I found this story to be endearing. I was reminded of some of my favorite magical moments like Mary Poppins, Mickey as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the talking objects in Beauty and the Beast. Domrey Seranfyll seems strange to the people who don’t know him. Young ladies find him handsome and other people think he is a devil. As Rain gets to know Lord Seranfyll so does the reader. His house is enchanted which exposes Rain and Coal to some amazing things that they had never seen before. I love the depth that the author gave to this character. At first he seems to be a drunk although loveable. Then a little deeper we see that he is generous and honest. I loved this character. He could be both comical and serious. Rain was a great female character. As a slave she wasn’t given choices. When she is given her name papers she decides to stay with Lord Seranfyll. At first she feels sorry for this lonely person but then their relationship changes to one of trust and family. Coal is the one who holds out the longest with sharing his affection with Lord Seranfyll and Rain. His time as a slave was quite different than Rain. Rain was treated well by her former master. Coal was not so lucky so he doesn’t accept the generosity and affections of others. He takes his time when it comes to trust. The story itself has many aspects. The main story is about Rain’s journey from being a slave to becoming part of a family unit as a free person. When she was sold she left behind a sister, Snow. Snow plays into a page turning part of the story where Rain has to choose between her love for her sister or betraying Domrey’s trust. There is also the issue of slavery. It is a huge part of the storyline. In Yoan slavery is acceptable but not everyone agrees with it. This issue alone adds to the conflicts in the story. This is a story of love, acceptance, family, trust, honor, and so much more. Christina Daley has created something wonderful. Seranfyll charmed its way into my heart with endearing characters, fantastical storytelling, and varied themes.

  • Jeremy Rodden
    2019-03-15 05:18

    When I first started reading this book, I felt like I was in the world of Robin Hobb. Slaves, medieval landscapes, and all that jazz. I also immediately felt how real of a character Rain was. Her early tribulations in the book reminded me of A Series of Unfortunate Events--the poor girl just couldn't get a break.As soon as Domrey Seranfyll was introduced, I was hooked with some serious barbs. When the enchanted nature of his house started coming into play, I pictured Beauty and the Beast and the barbs dug even deeper. Seranfyll and Daley's explanation of the enchantment and magic of her world were amazing. I first thought that this book was more of an epic fantasy but Daley makes it so believable that I think it is more like an urban fantasy--just, one that takes place around the time of the Renaissance (based on the 'newness' of the telescope).Daley does an amazing job of building her characters. Rain, Coal, and Domrey are all very real and very engaging. Every extra wrinkle we learn about Domrey makes you love him even more, even with his eccentricities and Peter Pan complex (I want his bedroom!). The maturation of Coal was a wonderful story and at times I wish the book was told from his perspective, since he was such a strong secondary character and could have easily been a main.There were definitely moments in the book where I felt I was drifting a little bit, but this is, by no means, the author's fault. When Rain was the primary focus without Coal or Domrey, I felt Daley was speaking more to a girl audience instead of me (male). When Domrey took the two of them to visit Valiance's homeland, I thought I was being inserted into My Little Pony for a moment. Fortunately, Daley does not dawdle long in girl-land and keeps the story moving.Daley's debut is wonderful and I highly recommend it for anyone from middle grades on up. She introduces the fantastic in a believable setting and makes the reader feel her characters. Morgrav, the main antagonist, felt a little stock villainy (power-hungry, "love is a weakness", etc.) at times but I hated the bastard so Daley wrote him well enough for that goal in mind! I strongly recommend Seranfyll to all fans of fantasy, young and old.(Personal aside. If you want to know how much of a page-turner this book was, I was a little over halfway through reading when my iPad battery died. Being out of the house, I read the remainder of the book on my tiny Droid phone because I just had to finish it!)-Jeremy RoddenAuthor, Kindle Bestselling Cartoon Novel-Toonopolis: Gemini

  • Lisa
    2019-03-15 03:37

    Cover:To be honest, I haven't really looked at the cover in too much detail. Why? Because I didn't purchase this book, I received a e-book copy for review.With just seeing it on the computer screen, it looks okay. I don't really want to judge it, without seeing it in person.Characters-Favorite:My favorite character has to be Lord Domrey. Even though, the first time we get to meet him, he's drunk and riding backwards on his horse, but throughout the story he can really grow on you.Like anyone, he makes mistakes but he bought a lot of slaves (including Rain and Coal) and let them go free. He took both Rain and Coal in, considering them as part of his family. Buying them clothes, shoes, feeding them and letting them live with him.Domrey, is just a really sweet guy, who only wants the best for everyone.Least Favorite:I think my least favorite would have to be Sneeble and Morgrav. Sneeble is the jerk who sells slaves, and treats them like animals. While Morgrav, is also rich just like Domrey. But unlike him, he treats his "slaves", just like Sneeble.What I really liked towards the end of the book, was when Rain went in the market and saw Sneeble. He didn't even notice that she was one of the slaves, he sold to Domrey, Sneeble just thought she was just another royalty. Story Line:Being born into slavery, Rain and her sister Snow, have never known anything different. Lord Peachtree, was a nice guy and treated his slaves fairly, never punishing them cruelly. But Lord Peachtree, was running low on money and after selling he's horses, a few of his servants, he had nothing left but to sell Rain. Not wanting to leave her sister, she was forced into the hands of a cruel slave trader named Sneeble.While staying with him, she meet a few other slaves including Coal. A skinny boy, who had just been in a fight. When Lord Domrey, rides into the market drunk and backwards on his horse, he offers to buy all of Sneebles slaves.Giving them their name papers and setting them free, only Rain and Coal stayed with poor Domrey. Not wanting to leave he drunk and alone, they take it into their hands to take care of him.I had a great time reading Seranfyll, even though I don't really like reading books on my computer, unless I REALLY have to. But I really liked it, it was something new and fresh. Nothing with vampires, or werewolves, or even angels!

  • TC
    2019-03-02 05:24

    I don't generally read a lot of books that are suitable for 10 years + , but when I saw the synopsis of this book with its suggestion that fans of Harry Potter would enjoy it (I love HP) I thought I should definitely give it a try.13 year old Rain lives in the kingdom of Yoan and is a slave in the service of a good master, but one who has racked up serious debts. Her life looks like it's taking a turn for the worse when she is sold to a slave trader and separated from sister Snow. Locked up at a slave market she sits like a piece of meat for sale, but is then bought along with several other young slaves by a drunk and eccentric young lord with a reputation. The others fear him, having heard he rides a winged horse and is the devil, and flee from the manor after he grants them their freedom. However feeling sorry for him Rain stays. Only one other slave, Coal joins her, more to protect her from Lord Domrey Seranfyll than for any other reason. Life at the charmed manor is a revelation for the new inhabitants, but all the good is outweighed for Rain by the continued separation from her sister.I thought it was a wonderful world the author had created, and up to about the age of thirteen Celestria would have been my idea of heaven. While the language used and events in the book are suitable for the younger end of the audience it didn't feel like it was dumbed down or patronising. As well as the obvious comparison to Harry Potter it also brought to mind Disney's Fantasia with it's enchanted brooms and buckets. It held definite appeal for me, but probably wouldn't be so much of a fit for those who like their fantasy a bit darker.The three main characters are very different but all well written, and I hope it's not too wrong that I have a bit of a crush on Domrey! The menacing Lord Morgrav provides a dose of chilling nastiness and a good foil for Lord Seranfyll. I particularly liked the way the author has made Domrey a supporter of the abolition of slavery, and worked that into the plot, and her note at the end got me thinking more about the issue in the wider context. I found the book well paced, drawing me into the story quickly and other than a handful of typos there's not really anything negative for me to say about this wonderful charming (and charmed) book.

  • TheBookishHobo
    2019-02-24 06:18

    Every once and awhile you read a book that moves you. A book that tackles your heart and soul with such raw emotion that you have no chance of escaping it. Today, I write about such a book. It's title? Seranfyll.Seranfyll is a young adult fantasy novel about slaves, love, friendship, choices and consequences. I am actually near speechless at what a fantastic job Ms. Daley did at intricately weaving together each of these aspects. We follow three main characters: Lord Domrey Seranfyll, Rain and Coal. The story begins with Rain, who, because of reasons beyond her master, Lord Peachtree's control, is forced to leave the home she has served her entire life. Rain had been about as fortunate as a slave could be. Lord Peachtree had been a kind and gentle master. Lord Seranfyll is a noble man. A rich man. And, quite a silly man. During one of his drunken stoopers, he acquires quite a few slaves, including our dear Rain and Coal.These three provide nothing but pure entertainment for the reader as we follow them through a world of flying horses, magic and some not very nice characters, including Lord Morgrav. There are many times throughout this book where I just simply had to laugh out loud. Seranfyll is a heart-warming tale about what good can come in life when people care, and when people love a little. My only complaint with the book is the unfortunate fact that it indeed had to end. I held Domrey, Rain, Coal, Hope and Quinn so very close to my heart. I really wasn't ready to part with them.I cannot even begin to tell you how highly I recommend this book. You will laugh, cry and most certainly want to read the book again.In closing, I leave you with a little saying from the book: “Ba-cluck!” (you're just going to have to read it to understand this one!)

  • Michelle Isenhoff
    2019-03-09 06:18

    Seranfyll, a brand new novel by Christina Daley, will take readers to a wonderful place where horses fly and houses sneeze, where mops and pails bark like dogs and clean of their own accord, where trees walk and butlers are created – willy-nilly – out of chickens. It’s a delightful place. A place of animation and imagination. A place I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.Ms. Daley’s story is lengthy, but I never felt I was jogging in place. It flows well and contains a nice mix of action, intrigue, fantasy, dialogue and interaction between characters. In fact, this play between three well-defined characters is one of the book’s greatest strengths. Rain, a slave with a sweet, affectionate spirit; Coal, another slave who's distrustful, rude and impatient; and Domrey, the drunken, eccentric, wonderful lord.The book is also chuck full of wit and sharp one-liners, especially from Domrey, whom I particularly enjoyed. His unpredictability kept me laughing. Knitting on the roof, dancing on the table, leaving a chicken in charge of the manor. But Seranfyll is not without its serious moments with its powerful message against slavery. At times, it feels almost Biblical, such as when Domrey invites the destitute to his banquet, or when he takes Coal’s whipping on himself. Seranfyll celebrates honor, goodness, loyalty, patriotism, friendship and love.I must say the book is in need of a light edit to fix typos, slash some adverbs and adjectives, and eliminate “wordiness” in some sentences. But don’t let these small issues sway you in your choice. Seranfyll is magical, highly imaginative and fun. I recommend it for children age 10+ and adults who enjoy fantasy with a fairy tale flavor.

  • A Book Vacation
    2019-03-01 06:38

    I really enjoyed this novel. Daley has done a magnificent job creating an endearing novel with an important underlying message against all forms of slavery. While I would classify this novel as a MG/YA novel, it is great for all ages. The action is non-stop, with much suspense and mystery as Rain and her newfound “family,” Seranfyll and Coal, embark on many adventures that cause them to grow as individuals, while also presenting the reader with multiple life lessons.Perhaps the most remarkable portion of this novel is actually in the author’s note, in which Daley states that, while Rain is “exceptionally fortunate… [the] stories of many slaves are not so happy. Slavery and human trafficking are real symptoms of the greed and indifference that plague our world today. It happens all over, from Asia to Africa, India to North America, Australia to Europe. No nation is immune.” This statement is jarring, but true. While slavery might not be in the same form as it was 200 years ago, different forms of it still exist all across the world, and I commend Daley for writing a novel that deals with this subject, causing the reader to stop and think about this story on a much deeper level...To read my full review (7/29):http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/20...

  • Dorothy Dao
    2019-02-28 06:27

    Already on Chapter 9! Domrey Seranfyll reminds me of Howl from "Howl's Moving Castle". He is a noble but doesn't act like it, and also very enthusiastic. I think I'm falling in love with his character.Oh my, I'm already on Chapter 32! I can't seem to put this book down! I absolutely adore Domrey's character and personality. Although, 2 chapters ago (Chapter 30), at the end, I couldn't help but tear up because my favorite character, which is Domrey, is being lashed. :( I was like Rain, just watching him get hurt but couldn't stop it. And then, in Chapter 31, Coal's character has changed from a boy to a man practically. (I think he wants to be a lawyer...wanting to read all those law/justice books); absolutely adorable and belongs a place in my heart, as the same to Rain. Already finished and was happy that it ended on a happy ending. All the freemen: Rain, Coal, and Snow had their perfect names. Edric fits Coal really well for a law expert (It sounds so handsome, too). Vieve sounds so majestic but at the same time, sweet like Snow. Arelle would of course fit Rain because she is just like a mother to Domrey, always taking care of him and protecting him. I think I want to make an fictional interview with one of the characters.

  • ala
    2019-03-25 04:46

    Really in my adult world this is more of a three stars book, but I think if I were closer to the age of the target audience (10+) it would be at least a four. This is sort of a Howl's Moving Castle meets... Huckleberry Finn?... Harry Potter?... Matilda?... The Help?... I guess I'm not really sure except that HMC meets something slightly more youthful with slavery. Lord Seranfyll definitely reminds me a lot of Howl, and the magic has the same sore of wacky, over-the-top, system-what-system, magic system of Diana Wynn Jones. But the two ex slave children that end up with him are much younger than Sofie. Though they are supposed to be 13, in my opinion they acted much younger still. The brilliance of the book lay in its sort of stream-of-imagination inventiveness: flying horses, communicative apple trees, chicken-turned-butler who runs around in circles squawking when anxious, a mage who knits his spells, etc. But I thought it could have added a little more depth to it's chosen theme of slavery. It didn't seem to move past: slavery is bad and no one should be someone else's property -- although I agree whole-heartedly, this isn't exactly a out-there idea these days and doesn't bring much new to the table.

  • Angelica Stringfellow
    2019-03-18 06:29

    This book is a fantastic read! Once I got started, I found it difficult to put it down. It was written with fantastic humor and included great adventures. Adventures that aren't without struggle. As a reader I couldn't help but learn important lessons from the story as well as become inspired by it. Each of the characters brought a uniqueness to the story and I what I loved most was that every one of them grew and changed to become better people. I can't wait to read the next book in her series. Bring it on!

  • Brandy Hunt
    2019-03-05 10:28

    This book really surprised me. I usually have a problem with books targeted toward young adults. They are often either too simplistic, or they are too adult in some way that makes me uncomfortable. This book hits a nice middle ground that kept me engaged, and I would think would keep my daughter interested if she chose to read it in a few years.The characters are sympathetic, the setting is believable, and the ideas presented are important. Lovely book.

  • sh(e)reader
    2019-03-04 03:32

    4.5 stars. I'd had this book on my kindle for years, downloaded as a free offering back in 2012! Rather than grabbing something from the library, I decided I should read something on my device. I meant to pick one of the others, but tapped on this one by mistake ... and decided to go ahead and give it a read.This was a fun fantasy. A sweet story. Very enjoyable.

  • Rosalind M
    2019-03-21 06:33

    I kept thinking that with a tiny bit of tweaking, this would be a great plot for a family-friendly anime movie or a series. It has it all-- a young hero and heroine the audience could relate to, a foolish-seeming yet powerful adult figure, objects and animals with human-like behaviors, and a moral with potentially troubling shades of gray involved.

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-03-17 06:22

    This is a unique story that although has endless turbulent situations, is adventurous and entertaining. Lord Seranfyll is a wonderful character that I really liked and over all the fantasy/paranormal thread weaved together with historic elements adds a pleasant twist to this fun read.3.5 stars

  • Lauralynn Elliott
    2019-03-15 04:46

    This was a delightful book! It kept me constantly entertained with all the magic and fun, and I had a hard time putting it down. But don't think it doesn't have its serious moments. The book is about love, family, and sometimes making the wrong choices...and the consequences of those choices.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-23 06:46

    This book was amazing! and the ending was so cool! I wasnt reading it a lot in the beginning because I was busy, but it got to a point that i couldn't put it down~ I just had to find out what happened!

  • Linda Ash
    2019-03-20 11:33

    This is a complete and utter gem of a book. I would highly recommend it to middle-grade readers. It would be at home on the shelves among other favorite and beloved stories of childhood.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-23 10:19

    Amazing. Loved it!

  • Laura Beth
    2019-02-25 08:19

    This ended up being a really good story. I would recommend it for ages 10 - 13

  • Amy
    2019-03-11 04:37

    Wow . . . a seemingly simple story with so much depth . . .

  • Irwin
    2019-03-17 05:47

    I just won this book free as a goodreads giveaway! I am waiting to read it. Thanks.