Release Date: July 10, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
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.
I haven’t read that many books about dragons or dragon kind but I’m confident that even if I had, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman would stand out. It’s a pretty remarkable book. I was blown away by the history and depth of the world. Then there was all the incredibly well done characters. Seraphina had everything that I love.
The world in Seraphina is vivid and plush. There’s gorgeous descriptions that bring the story to life. There’s lots of information about the history. There’s a whole religion! It’s very detailed. That just made the story feel more real to me. It was one of those YA Fantasy novels that you can get fully immersed in and just lose yourself for hours on end. It’s not a completely light read–most fantasy novels aren’t–as it deals with a lot of different, sometimes tough, issues. Like acceptance and prejudice. Seraphina is almost a coming of age story in disguise. It may be about dragons getting there rightful place in society but it’s so poignant and applies to the issues that are faced everyday in the real world.
The city was on the edge of something for most of the book. They were filled with hate. There was riots in the streets and violence. You could feel the tension building. It was crazy incredible. The story might have unraveled slowly, but the tension made me unable to put the book down.
So, there’s serious and deep story lines in Seraphina, but there’s also some really awesome dragons. I mean awesome. I’m in awe of the dragons and their lore. Rachel Hartman has created something spectacular. There’s also a lovely slow burn romance. It definitely isn’t the main focus of the story but it’s always there and I loved seeing it unfold.
I could probably go on for quite some time about Seraphina, but I won’t. Just trust me that it’s beyond amazing. If you’re a YA fantasy fan, or if you’re a fan of extraordinary novels in general, read this.