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This is an engrossing fairy tale set in North Carolina at the end of the 19th century, at the country estate of scions of the wealthy Vanderbilt family. Serafina lives secretly in the basement with only her father, the estate's master mechanic, for company. The author never describes Serafina's skin, so I imagined her as a child of mixed race, especially given the mystery of her true heritage, which I won't spoil here.

Although the characters are quite wholesome and the story has a beautifully happy ending, the details of the villainy are gruesome enough that I'd probably flinch at seeing them acted out, especially since it involves bad things happening to innocent children. That said, I look forward to reading more books in this series, since girls who use their special talents to protect others are a favorite narrative subject of mine.

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