From #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina.
Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.
Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work-the day-folk kill whatever they do not understandbut Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.
When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day world, she calls upon an ancient, unbreakable bond to escape. Only then does she discover the truth: not all day-folk are the same, and the foundations that have guarded the Faeran for eons are under attack.
As forces of unfathomable destruction encroach on her home, Willa must decide who she truly is. To save the day-folk family that has become her ownand lift the curse that has robbed her people of their truthWilla will meet deadly force with trusted alliance, violence with shelter, and an ever-changing world with a steady heartbeat of courage.
About the Author
Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times bes-tselling Serafina series published by Disney Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.
Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a "Starred Review" from Kirkus Reviews, which said, "Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the Serafina series comes out in July 2017.
Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year. When asked about the inspiration for his books, Robert said, "Serafina's journey grew out of my desire to write a story about an unusual and heroic young girl for my three daughters."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great story with strong characters and an amazing plot! I didn't even see that ending coming! I bought this book out of curiosity and I was not disappointed , not even once! Wish it was a series.
Love this book. So many lessons of love and hate and hardship. Most of all of the importance of family.
Willa of the Wood is another beautifully blended tale of magic and mystery from the author of the best-selling Serafina series, Robert Beatty. What I love about this book: 1) Willa - her wit, her will to do what is right, she is an inspiring girl. 2) Location, location, location - The Great Smoky mountains are the perfect backdrop to this beautifully written story. 3) The 'Language' - all writers have their own voice/style and Mr. Beatty's is captivating, exhilarating, and uplifting. Even when his characters face uncertain circumstances you can't help but feel the power they have that helps them overcome (and in turn, feel a bit of that power in yourself) About the book: Willa is a night-sprit and a thief for her clan with unique powers that make it hard for her to fit in with her fellow clan members. To prove her worth Willa takes a dangerous risk with deadly results, but an old friend comes to her aid and shares with Willa a power as ancient as her own. Willa uncovers a shocking secret about her clan, one that changes everything and when the leader of her clan tries to kill her friend Willa warns her just in time and then makes her own escape. With nowhere to go Willa learns the truth about the day-folk and the leader of the clan, as it turns out things are not always what they seem. Now Willa must make a choice, to stay in her new home or to set things right by destroying everything she had known before. This brave girl must rely on her powers, wit and strength as she faces danger and rises to the occasion, blending courage and compassion into a force so strong that nothing can stand in her way.