I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
on March 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
It’s been such a long time since I was so completely swept up in a story. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman was the perfect sequel and an all around incredible fantasy novel.
It’s been years since I read Seraphina. I was a bit worried that I would be completely lost for awhile in Shadow Scale but thankfully that was not the case at all. I’ve always wondered why there isn’t recaps at the beginnings of sequels or subsequent books. There was with this one and it was so helpful. I loved that it flowed with the story as well.
The world that Rachel Hartman has created with these books is so unbelievably rich and detailed. I’m in awe just thinking about it again. Shadow Scale was one of those rare books that I forgot I was reading and not living. I mourned the loss of the story when it was over. The writing was beautiful as well. Rachel Hartman is an amazing talent.
Almost all the fantasy novels that I love involve some sort of epic journey. This book was no exception. Seraphina sets out to find all of her fellow half dragons. The history, landscape, and politics you learn about while on this journey are dizzying in their scale.
Shadow Scale delves deep into things that were only mentioned in Seraphina. The danger and villain felt so real that it filled me with dread often. I couldn’t see any way out of the situation they were all in but it was handled wonderfully in the end.
There was one other storyline I was very curious about, the relationship between Seraphina and Kiggs. I was really pleased with every aspect of their story. I loved that the romance wasn’t a huge part of the story but it always a subtle undercurrent. I also loved the unconventional way their story ended.
I really just can’t say enough good things about Shadow Scale. It’s an utterly incredible follow up. I’m so sad that it’s over but Rachel Hartman has earned a fan for life.
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