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Seranfyll Paperback – July 23, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
*The characters evolve in the course of the story in relation to each other and the plot. By the end of the novel I understood the changes. Rain and Coal mature from dependent slaves whose obedience or rebelliousness makes them appendages of their owners to thoughtful young nobles who take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. Domrey's life story unwinds. He is introduced as a sop and dandy. Slowly his childhood and youth are revealed in the context of his interaction with Rain and Coal, fleshing out his motives and deepening his soul, ultimately uncovering his potential.
*Fantasy elements support development of the tight plot. Any magical prop that is introduced is integral to the story line. I have grown tired of mundane adventures that have a few magic tricks added to sell them in the fantasy aisle. In Seranfyll, even the Fantasia tired animated mop and bucket are participants in the story, more than just supernatural champions in the battles; they actually contribute to development of the individuals into a family.
*Look at my other reviews and see. If I say five, I mean five.
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 ›
The author added an "author's note" at the end, something I may or may not read, but in this case it was a powerful message that really underscored the story. I would suggest this book to anyone but I think it would resonate especially well with early teens (9-14) girls as the story is told from a 13 yr old girls view. This is a story about freedom and would be great for sparking conversations with your kids.
(A few minor editing errors but so few it did not detract from the story)
ETA: this story has a real sense of Hope woven in and it has stayed with me so I felt I must mention it.
ETA: 9/1/11 my 11 yr old daughter read this book and she also loved it. It was great, the whole time she was reading she would come and tell me about what was going on and which characters she liked and we talked about different aspects of the book. We are both hoping for another book in this world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most parts well written/ some seem childish?
Interesting read, although I believe I may have read it before. Anyway- highly recommended!
This is possibly one of the best books ever. It got me on the first chapter. I have read it twice.Published on March 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I did not order this nor get it so not sure why it came up on my reviewing page! Not happy about this!Published on January 6, 2013 by Joyce Gates
Book Title: "Seranfyll"
Author: Christine Daley
Published By: Self-Published
Age Recommended: 11+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5... Read more
SERANFYLL is probably the best book I have ever read. I just finished reading it and though I'm not much of a reader, I was so into it, that when I was finished reading the book I... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this one, but I have to say that it took me completely by surprise. I wasn't expecting to like it. Read more
5 stars indeed!! I really enjoyed reading this book! The many lessons in the story were presented in a way that is not preachy or corny which kept me excited to see what happens... Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Emerald
Daley captivated me with her imagination! Was I the only one who pictured Johnny Depp being cast as Lord Seranfyll? Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Rhonda P.
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... Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Brandy N. Hunt