Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: Seraphina

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This is an intriquing read. It takes the original concept of humans and dragons and transforms it into a new world and concept. Dragons and humans are living together in a relative peaceful state...yet there is turmoil underneath on both the dragon AND the human side. Enter the protagonist of this story: Seraphina has one foot in both worlds. With a dragon mother and a human father, she is welcomed by neither side, yet she has the necessary desire and attributes to fix the problems. This is a book well worth the time it takes to read it. WARNING: This is a first book in a new series!


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.

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