Songs of Seraphina
by Jude Houghton
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.
Wow! What a book. I am still kind of dazed from reading it. The blurb for it was so imaginative that I could not pass it by and I am so glad that I didn’t. This book was filled with imagination. There were visions and Gods and dreams and mystery. It was non-stop right up to the end.
I was fascinated by how the author used the visions to advance the storyline, visions that told of the past. Those poor girls had quite the family. They made mine seem perfectly normal!! Each of the sisters had a different part to play and saw different things in Seraphina. I would have loved to see them have a more front and center role. The world building is what really held that place of honor for me. I was truly amazed at how detailed the descriptions were of Seraphina. They made a bright and vivid image in my mind.
I guess the word I would use to describe this book would really be epic. Everything was on such a grand scale including the importance of love and family, good vs. evil and everything in between with huge consequences. I recommend this book to those who enjoy YA fantasy with some paranormal effects.
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I received it in exchange for my honest review and all opinions are my own. ***
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.
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