Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

seraphinaTitle: Seraphina

Author: Rachel Hartman

Series: Seraphina #1

Pages: 499

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Random House Books

Source: Purchased as an eBook on Nook

In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

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.

Wow. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this book but I was blown away. Sadly though I read this awhile back and now just doing a review on it. I’m usually better at writing reviews right after I finished the book but I got caught up with other things. So this may be a little shorter than normal and not as detailed. SORRY 😦

Seraphina lives in the land of Goredd where dragons and humans have a tense peace treaty with one another. It’s been 40 years since the treaty has been made and yet tensions are still abound. A celebration is in order to commemorate the 40 years but the heir to the throne was killed and it’s looking a like a dragon did it. Seraphina at the time just started working at court as an assistant to the main musician. There is a mystery afoot in the palace and only Seraphina who has a secret to hide can figure it out.

Seraphina is a shy young girl who doesn’t like a lot of attention. She was always told not to draw attention to herself because her secret. She is different than the humans who live around her and so associates with dragons and the underlings a little bit more. Her journey to discover who killed the Prince and the people who live in her head was a great one! She turned from a shy girl into an adventurous and outspoken teenager. The supporting characters were awesome and I can’t wait to know more about them as the story continues.

The world building was awesome! I was just amazed at how quickly I was pulled into this land and the people. You learn slowly about the world and is not just thrown at you all at once which is always nice. It was a new take on the old dragon world and I liked that it was fresh!

Again, this is kinda short for me but I really do look forward to reading more about Seraphina and her misfits in Shadow Scale!




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