Title : Seranfyll
Author : Christina Daly
Genre : YA, fiction, fantasy
“Fans of Harry Potter and Howl's Moving Castle will enjoy this magical tale about choices, consequences, and what it really means to be free. ”
I can’t lie, that sentence alone is what provoked me to read Seranfyll, by Christina Daly. Harry Potter, to me, is probably one of the best series that has ever been written, and any author that feels confident enough comparing their work to J.K. Rowling warrants a read right away! For fellow fans of Mr. Potter and his escapades, you will not be disappointed.
Rain is a slave who is lost by her well-meaning master, Lord Peachtree, due to his growing debt. She is taken by Snevil, a slave trader, who, surprisingly, isn’t the most evil thing in this amazing book. Snevil tries to sell her to no avail. Enter Lord Domfrey Seranfyll, a drunk, colorful man who rides into town, sitting backward on his horse. He immediately buys not just Rain, but Coal, another slave, and the other eight humans that Snevil has for sale.
Along with the sloshed Domfrey, the slaves make their way to Seranfyll Manor, singing the whole trip there. When they arrive, they find Domfrey has prepared a feast for his birthday that he wishes to share with them. As the dinner continues, complete with dancing on the tabletop, Domfrey hands each slave their Name Papers, and by doing that, grants their freedom.
The story continues with Rain and Coal staying behind on the Seranfyll Manor to help Domfrey with his alcoholism, cleaning the house, and maintaining the property. The longer they stay though, the more they start to notice that Domfrey is more than he says he is, and that his property is home to some magical occurances.
Christina Daly had me on a rollercoaster of emotions, especially with Lord Domfrey. I was laughing at the majority of things that came out of his mouth, but was angry with his alcoholic tendencies. I loved how quickly he took Rain and Coal in, but was upset that he virtually had to buy people to be at his birthday dinner.
Seranfyll does, however have some issues with editing, although they did not really take away from the story, and did not bother me all that much. Considering how much I loved this novel, I cannot wait for the next in the series to come out.
Seranfyll can be found for purchase here .