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.
Publisher: Random House
Number of Pages: 464
Reviewed by Peyton, age 15
Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, is a vivid and unique version of a classic fairytale subject: dragons. Like the overuse of vampires in teen literature, I started this book with the fear that a story about dragons could quickly become banal. This book proved me wrong through the author’s fresh and creative writing. Hartman’s writing is very detailed and descriptive, and really engages the reader in the story. The author also has an interesting vocabulary, which she uses with abandon throughout the book. The author’s characters are vivid, and are really brought to life through the author’s use of language. The plot of this book is fast paced but detailed, and combines many different story lines into one cohesive whole. This book is a greater read, and I recommend it for all ages. Thanks to Random House Publishers for the great story!
This book will in on shelves July of 2012!
Peyton, age 15
Peyton, age 15