Serafina and the Splintered Staff Book Trailer Review

Serafina and the Twisted Staff Book Trailer

This was a moment that I was waiting for in the trailer, and I wasn’t disappointed. First, we see the two characters struggling to get out of the metal cages. Then they reach for each other. The main character spends a lot of time alone, whether it be running through the woods, waterfall, or looking up at the sky. Seeing her reach out for someone brought balance to that.

One of the best things about this trailer is the way that it presents the cast of supporting characters. The woman in the green dress with the falcon, the man hunting for them by torchlight… this adds to the intrigue. While the title actress can certainly carry the story herself (her performance is beautifully done throughout both trailers), the trailer is even more effective to have such a strong supporting cast.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff

As with its predecessor (the book trailer for Serafina and the Black Cloak), this book trailer shines where cinematography and costuming are concerned. The main character shines in this rendering of her standing in the middle of a grand ballroom, all eyes on her.


While I love the sneak peak into this stunning ballroom scene, I would have preferred it if the trailer excluded the following shot of Serafina in tears (still wearing her ballgown) because it spoils what would be an emotional shock to the reader. Though we don’t see what caused her to be upset, we know the ball is destined to turn out badly, and that detail would have been better left out.


Speaking of Spoilers in Book Trailers… I’ve written a blog about the subject. Read about how to avoid spoilers in book trailers here.

Example of a Perfect Moment in a Book Trailer

Serafina and the Twisted Staff Book Trailer

The music builds. Your heart is racing. The trailer has already convinced you that you absolutely need to read this book. Serafina reaches for the staff… will it explode? Will it turn to dust before she grasps it? Will the man with the torch swoop in and startle her before she has the staff in her hand?

We don’t know.

The trailer cuts away just at the right moment and we don’t actually see Serafina touch the twisted staff. This is absolutely brilliant, and one factor that absolutely makes this one of the best book trailers of 2017. Book trailers should give you just enough to get you excited about the book without giving away too much of the story that you should be left to enjoy. This moment perfectly orchestrates that.

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Serafina and the Twisted Staff Synopsis

Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.

When a mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, she finds herself torn from the side of her best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore-and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

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