Friday, June 29, 2012

Seraphina Review

Rachel Hartman / blog
July 10th 2012 by Random House Children's Books
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.

The kingdom of Goredd is inhabited by both humans and dragons which make for some interesting (and unique) characters. As with any society trying to integrate two different cultures, you can always count on some who just don't seem to get along and want to cause dissension among the masses. At the castle Seraphina is drawn into the human-dragon drama and discovers the plot of would-be rebels which could destroy the decades of peace between humans and dragons and end up killing someone she loves.

I pretty much loved everything about this book: the cover, the characters, the world building, and Seraphina’s music. Seraphina has everything a great book needs: drama, intrigue, exceptionaly unique characters, fascinating plot, and flowing prose.  So, if you are looking for something different in between your dystopians and contemporaries, Seraphina is the book for you!

Be sure to check out the awesome book traier for Seraphia:

Seraphina is a great young adult fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman I am pleased recommend if you are thinking you have read one too many dystopian novels lately. Seraphina works as a musician in the royal court and also tutors the princess, but there is more to her than just the magnificent music she can produce. Seraphina has a secret which could get her killed.  Her father has protected Seraphina his whole life, perhaps even over-protected her, because you know that is possible for a father to do.

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