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Book Title: Seraph of Sorrow|
The author of the book: MaryJanice Davidson
Date of issue: January 27th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780441016662
Format files: PDF
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This book is quite different from the first 3 books in the series in style. The first 3 are more straightforward adventure - girl discovers her hidden powers and destiny and has to reconcile with that while facing wild adventures with friends and trying to grow up a bit in the meantime, starting pretty light and gradually becoming more serious. Seraph is much more complex. It reminded me of the time I was listening to a new audio book in a favorite series, but had left the CD player on shuffle by accident; I thought for some time that the author was making an odd artistic choice (as the main character seemed to have just been poisoned) to skip around back and forth in time. Only in Seraph it wasn't by mistake, the authors really are skipping back and forth in time, and I thought it really worked. It was strange because there was very little forward progression in the story, and what there was was in stops and starts. But the exploration of how the characters all got to where they were by going back and introducing all of the major, and many of the minor, characters when they were 14 or 15, just as we'd met Jennifer (the main character in the entire series), was fascinating. It was like watching a complex piece of weaving unfold, seeing how so many choices, good and bad, led inexorably to such a complex confrontation as the one that ends the book.
I really wonder how the intended teenage audience will view this book and story. Will they see their parents in the characters and understand at least little bit that they were once kids, too? Will adults reading this remember that whatever their kids are dealing with is just as important to them as "serious" adults stuff is to us? In many ways the book is an allegory for wars based on hatred and intolerance. I hope that seeing how easy it is to fall into those patterns in this story, and how even one child with hope and passion can change things, will give readers hope and motivation to make changes in our world, too. (Preachy, sorry, can't think of a better way to express it.)
This is definitely a very different MaryJanice Davidson book. Although her trademark humor peeks through, it is much less evident than in her more lighthearted adult books. I'm sure that the different style is in part due to the collaboration with her husband, but it is also reminiscent of the more serious themes peeping through in the most recent Betsy the Vampire Queen book. I, for one, love the mix of humor with thoughtfulness; I refuse to do any serious thinking unless it's entertaining.
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Read information about the authorMaryJanice Davidson is an American author and motivational speaker who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes a bi-weekly column for USA Today ("A Writer's Life") and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.
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