Christina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They "wrote" out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant.
Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing "real" books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.
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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.Read more ›
If you want to read a completely original fantasy story with interesting characters that will keep you on your toes, then Seranfyll is the book for you. I loved the mystery of the detailed and complex characters along with the constant flow of humor in the story. This story will have you rooting for the heroes and feel gruesome indignation toward some of the other characters. Its a roller coaster and also very moving and makes you think about your own world in many respects. I recommend it as a great read from beginning to finish. I can't wait until Ms. Daley creates its sequel.
I just finished reading the book Seranfyll by Christina Daley and let me tell you...I'm bummed. I'm bummed because now that I have finished the book I feel like I have nothing else desirable to read. The further I got into the book the more I didn't want to put it down. I have a habit of reading multiple books simultaneously but time and again when I had time to read I chose Seranfyll over my other options. Here is what I liked about the book. I liked the humorous eccentricity of Lord Domrey Seranfyll, the innate honor of Coal, and the unveiling of Rain's character throughout the book. Lord Domrey Seranfyll's peculiarity is comical and feeds my curious appetite to find out what made him that way. It was a pleasure to read about Coal, a man's man and a young man of character. What is more pleasurable than to see young men demonstrate acts of honor which is not common in today's media? I simply enjoyed following Rain's journey never quiet able to predict what she would choose or what would happen. I liked how the author includes a note encouraging readers to do what they can to put an end to acts of injustice that happen all over the world. She doesn't tell you what to do but asks you to do something. Plus the book is only $0.99! For these reasons I recommend you buy the book Seranfyll. It really is a great read.
Title: Seranfyll Author: Christina Daley Genre: Fantasy Publisher: May 2011 by Christina Daley AISN: B00508VT3Y Format: Ebook
Rain 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!Read more ›