Monday, December 9, 2013

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman ~ Book Review


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
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. Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.

My thoughts: Fantasy lovers, rejoice! This is one of the most unique dragon books you'll ever read. This is a world where humans live alongside with dragons (due to a peace treaty between their species) that shift into human form and are also able to feel all those messy, sloppy human emotions (although they try to stop them). I loved this book, thought it was wonderfully written, and highly recommend it.  Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is easily one of the best fantasy books I’ve read this year. It’s a captivating story, one that will keep you glued to your book until the very last page. The author’s beautifully descriptive writing, that borders on poetry (at least for me), makes Seraphina’s world come alive. The characters are both intriguing and intelligent.  This book is also a RITBA (Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee).

About the author: As a child, RACHEL HARTMAN played cello and lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters. The famous Renaissance song "Mille Regretz" first moved Rachel to write a fantasy novel rooted in music, but her inspiration didn't end there. She wrote Seraphina while listening to medieval Italian polyphony, Breton bagpipe-rock, prog metal, Latin American baroque, and Irish sean nós. Rachel Hartman lives with her family in Vancouver BC. To learn more about her, visit her website at     Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.

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