Conspirator. Failure. Murderer.
Seraphina Dovetail is used to being called all these things. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, and the cause of her mother losing both her powers and her life, Sera has always felt isolated. Until Nikolai Barrington.
The young professor not only took an interest in Serahe took her into his home, hired her for his moonlighting detective agency, and gave her the one thing she’d always dreamed of: a chance. Under Barrington’s tutelage, Sera can finally take the School of Continuing Magic entrance exam to become an inspector and find her family. Now if only she could stop her growing attraction to her maddening bosswhich is about as easy as this fiery elementalist quitting setting things on fire.
But when ghosts start dragging Sera into possessions so deep she can barely escape, and then the souls of lost witches and wizards appear trapped in mirrors, these two opposites will have to work together to uncover a much deeper secret that could destroy the Witchling world…
The Witchling Academy series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Seventh Born
Book #2 Mirror Bound
About the Author
Monica Sanz is a romance writer with an established fan base on the social writing website Wattpad where her works have over 6 million combined reads. She is a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.
When not lost in one of her many made-up worlds, Monica can be found on the sunny beaches of South Florida where she resides with her husband and their three children, or scouring YouTube for new bands to feed her music addiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sera is growing and maturing. She is a seventhborn, reviled and not trusted. She longs to discover her family and become an inspector. To become an inspector, she must first be allowed to take the entrance exams to the College of Continuing Magic. Professor Barrington takes her under his wing and she finally has a chance to achieve her dreams. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Having been expelled from the Academy at the end of the last book, Sera is now living at Barrington’s home, studying under his tutelage and continuing to work as his assistant. Sera is now almost ready for the examinations for entry to the Aetherium, and encounters continuing anti-seventh-born discrimination and antipathy as she tries to gather all the necessary references and documents required. Meanwhile, grieving father, Delacourt, and best-friend, Whittaker, are convinced that Sera killed Timothy. They want their revenge, but also want to get hold of Mary (as a witness), who has disappeared. She and Barrington are offered a new job by the dubious Armitage, to find his sister and the seventh-born orphans that she had been caring for – all of whom have vanished without a trace. Barrington loathes Armitage, and refuses. But, Sera cannot walk away from seventh-born children in trouble and decides to take on the job with, or without, Barrington’s aid, especially as Armitage promises her something she needs. What seems like a reasonably straightforward missing person enquiry – after all, seventh-borns go missing all the time – soon morphs into a very dangerous quest involving battling a myth and endangering the whole Academy, and Sera’s future. Sera finds out that her past has left more than just the physical scars. This is another fast-paced, thrilling fantasy with great lead characters. Tiny bits of information about Barrington’s previous life are drip-fed into the story-line, when Sera most needs to know about them, while her own past remains firmly locked up in her subconscious. Barrington – who is always so confident and capable (except when it comes to Sera) – is forced to face his own demons, and to confront his fundamental beliefs. Sera still has massive trust issues, originating from the appalling way she was treated before joining the Academy. However, she does see fit to believe Armitage – over Barrington’s objections. She is an extremely capable, intelligent and determined women – but at times I got so annoyed at Sera. Her mistrust incites reckless behaviour and quite unwarranted jealousy and rudeness, which threatens to alienate those trying the hardest to help her. How can she not see that Barrington is madly in love with her, and has eyes for no other woman – least of all Gummy? Will this be the book where she finally admits that she loves Barrington – and deserves to be loved by him. Can she ever stop her suspicions, and accept genuine help when it is offered? The theme of the extreme damage caused by discrimination and bigotry continues. I became very involved in the Sera-Barrington relationship – which is quite amazing for someone like me, who professes to abhor romances. I can recommend this book – and look forward to the next one. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I really don’t know how to put into words how much I love and appreciate this series. Sometimes, I guess, you are meant to just feel and leave it at that. Still, I can’t say nothing at all, so here we go. I don’t think that I have ever read a love story that intense. Every tiny caress felt like a victory somehow, definitely something very precious and bittersweet. Sera and Barrington both have quite heavy packages to carry. They suffer so much. Still, they find their own special light in the other and it is so very beautiful to observe. I have never needed tissues so much like with this book. Those two will hold a special place in my heart forever that’s for sure. The case they have to solve has been fascinating to read as well. I liked the atmosphere that has been created here: scary and somehow surreal. Well, there are quite a few ghosts involved. I certainly would freak out if they could suddenly touch me, let alone possess me. Poor Sera. All in all, this book, like its predecessor, has been an amazing read. I can wholeheartedly recommend both books to those who want to be caught in a maelstrom of intense feelings and who want to solve a mystical and magical case of a mysterious disappearance of an entire orphanage. I hope we will hear from Sera and Barrington soon in a sequel.