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Peek Inside Seventh Born

Bodies are being raised from the dead and someone is burning seventh-born witches alive. To catch a killer, Sera must work with her handsome professor, and will find that fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.

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Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.


"A modern-day fantasy Sherlock Holmes. 5 + stars out of 5. Very highly recommended.” – D.M. Duncan, Goodreads review   

"I really enjoyed the magic in this story…” – Confessions of a YA Reader

"Seventh Born had elements that reminded me of Harry Potter, which is a good thing. Author Monica Sanz introduces a new system of magic, including magic school for teenagers and advanced education for specific careers in the magical community.” – Dreamer J Book Reviews

“I am in love with this story! Why? Because it entails all my favourite genres - fantasy, crime, thriller and romance - the characters are very complex and the love story is wonderfully slow-burn…” – Janine, Goodreads review

“A new TERRIBLY AWESOMELY addictive YA that you need to grab right now.” – Novel Grounds

“I absolutely loved this book! I was pulled into the story within the first few chapters…” – Aly, Goodreads Review

“I really enjoyed this book and I couldn’t put it down. The story was interesting and different, the characters were not one-dimensional and the plotline was built very well. I definitely recommend the read!” – Beauty and the Beastly Books

“This was a mix of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and Magicians and the mix was very entertaining…”—Tammy, Goodreads Review

Thrilling, fast paced and full of Magic classical adventure with an expected end.” —Veselina, Goodreads Review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631939
Series: The Witchling Academy, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 4, 2018
Page Count: 391
Imprint: teen
Genre: mystery & suspense, paranormal, witches, young adult
Tropes: boss and employee, coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Katerina September 05, 2018

I enjoyed it so much more than I expected!

Listen up, folks. Seventh Born is definitely neither a miracle nor a flawless piece of art. One of my biggest pet peeves (aside from love triangles, instalovetriangles, love squares and every other variation of love geometry) is the lack of solid worldbuild ...more

By Danielle's August 05, 2018

The seventh-born daughter is brought into the world with distaste, her mother is gone and the world is unwelcoming. The seventh-born has to fight for what she wants and will find many doors closed. She is said to be cursed and many will not give her a chance, but the seventh-born daughter is truly s ...more

By Rosemary August 21, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great twist on the 7th child theme. The 7th son of a 7th son is always very positive for male wizards – but here the 7th daughter is marked (literally) as socially undesirable, cursed, and is to have her magic constrained. The same does not applied to ...more

By Shalini September 13, 2019

I loved, loved, loved the book. This was everything I love in a book. There was magic, there was an amnesiac witch who wanted to be an inspektor, a kind and intelligent professor who mentored her, a belief about the seventh born, and a murder investigation.

My first book by author Monica Sanz, and b ...more

By Kristi Housman July 28, 2018

I really enjoyed the magic in this story.

Sera is the seventh-born daughter to her witch mother.  The seventhborns take their mother's magic which in turn kills them.  Seventhborns were looked upon as bad for a long time, beaten, and even killed.  While this changed a bit, they are still looked at as ...more

By Jessica August 21, 2019

I adored this charming clean YA magical novel and cannot wait for the next book in this series! When we meet Seraphina, she is justifiably wild and easy to set off, as she is unfairly targeted and bullied due to her birth order. She is a likable and relatable character with aspirations, goals, and a ...more

By Robyn September 05, 2018

Seraphina “Sera” Dovetail is a witch studying at the Aetheriums Witchling Academy. Not only a witch, Sera is also the seventh-born daughter to a witch. Cursed from birth, she is also the reason why her mother lost all of her powers and ultimately her life as well. Her cursed birthright afforded her ...more

By Intisar April 14, 2020

I enjoyed this story a good deal. The tropes are strong in this one, as is the abundance of tragic backstories, but it's all handled quite well, and you can't help rooting for Sera even if she does make the occasional bad decision (at least she's self-aware!), and even if our romantic interest is Al ...more

By Misty October 16, 2018

Review here (will be live on 10/19/18) ...more

By Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions) September 08, 2018

Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

*ARC Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Seventh born is a first book in The Witchling Academy series. I didn't put any high expectations on this book because I'm not familiar with this author, but boy th ...more

By Rebecca December 08, 2018

I really loved this book! I was on edge the entire time reading. I LOVED Sera! Don't even get me started on Barrington. *swoons* Why isn't this book more popular? I highly recommend this one. ...more

By Loretta (Laughing Listener) September 17, 2019

The Laughing Listener

September 2018
Format: Ebook
*I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 4 Stars

Yet another book that was nothing like I had imagined! I have no idea why, but for some reason I thought this was going to be a witch story set in present day. In my he ...more

By Angie September 05, 2018

Seventh Born is a book full of surprises. You think at first that this book might not be everything you thought it to be but you’re quickly proven wrong. It’s addicting. Fast paced. Suspenseful. Gory. Scary. Full of twist and turns that leaves your jaw on the floor and keeping it that way until the ...more

By Alexandra September 09, 2018

This was definitely one of the best dark fantasy novels I have read in a long time. Even though it was fairly long, I finished it all in one day in about 2 sittings. It was just that addictive!

For starters, let me talk about Sera. She has been through a lot as a seventhborn and has traumatic memorie ...more

By Janine July 14, 2018

I am in love with this story! Why? Because it entails all my favourite genres - fantasy, crime, thriller and romance - the characters are very complex and the love story is wonderfully slow-burn.

The story is told in third person, but still we only experience the events through Sera's eyes. The poor ...more

By Karen September 16, 2019

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the YA Bound Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Seventh Born by Monica Sanz is an exciting book that takes us on a ride following a seventh born witch. In a time where they aren't prosecuted but aren' ...more

By Tika August 24, 2018


I really enjoyed this YA fantasy novel, the first in the Witching Academy series.  Basically Sera is an outcast, only accepted into the Academy because of an 'outreach' program of sorts, which is trying to reinforce that seventhborns aren't quite the cursed witches as they were perceived years ...more

By Tika August 24, 2018

ARC Book Review: Seventh Born

⚰ developed characters
⚰ good storyline

⚰ it did initially take me a while to get into, but once I got around 15% I was hooked

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy novel, the first in the Witching Academy series. Basically Sera is an ...more

By ☆Tweety ~ purplebass ☆ July 19, 2018

Seventh Born tells the story of Seraphina Dovetail, a witch who is attending a witchling academy and is about to graduate. She hasn't it easy because she is a seventhborn. The 7th daughter or son born brings disgrace to the whole family and leads the mother to die. Many regard seventhborns as disgut ...more

By Romancing the October 14, 2018

Reviewed by Shyla
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

A story any Slytherin would die for. This darkly delicious stale explores a magical school from the perspective of the outcast. Sera is the seventh daughter. A magical child who drains their mother of all her magic and ...more

By Michaela August 23, 2018

I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for review.

Seraphina Dovetail is a Seventhborn, the seventh child born of a witch, will spend their lives connected with the power of death and the aether because of their entrance in the world, the ending of their mother's lives upon birth.
Believed ...more

By Bridget November 12, 2018

I LOVED this one so much!!! Definitely recommend it if you like slow burn romance, magic and danger!!!! ...more

By Annie August 14, 2018

This is one of those guilty pleasure reads - there were a few glaring flaws that detracted from the quality of the story, and yet I was having such a good time reading this that I wilfully overlooked them!

The writing flowed smoothly, the main characters were engaging, and the plot took a few twists ...more

By Erin September 06, 2018

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher, so thank you to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review it! Seventh Born is the first book in The Witchling Academy series by Monica Sanz and was just release so you can read it now! It is a YA/NA paranormal story with some light r ...more

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours and author Monica Sanz for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!

Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!

Seventh Born by Monica Sanz is a well written and highly enjoyable novel that will bewitch readers with its t ...more

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Monica Sanz

About the author

Monica Sanz

Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She's been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever since. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.

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