By Rachel Hartman
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Random House Children’s Books, 467 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.
— Goodreads.com description
Hi, my name is Anna and I like dragon books.
OH MY GOSH IT HAS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO ADMIT THAT.
I’m sorry…it’s just that there is a stigma there. But screw it: I’m shouting it loud and proud now because Seraphina by Rachel Hartman — which, let’s face it, is a dragon book — has so many of the elements that just get me jazzed about reading.
- Epicness: There’s a sense in this book that it’s about more than just Seraphina’s story. Her world is super conflicted and it’s all coming to a climax now, in this book. Flashbacks to her mother’s point of view enforce that, and there’s just a great sense that this story is bigger than just one girl. I love that.
- Forbidden Love: I can’t get enough of it.
- Self-Discovery/Relatability: Seraphina has a secret. A HUGE secret. As a result, she never really fits in, makes friends or feels free to be herself. What girl can’t relate to that?
For fans of fantasy and those willing to give it a go (and, please, you guys, give this genre a go!), Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is a great choice. I couldn’t put it down!