Publisher: Random House
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Series: Seraphina #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Fantasy is my absolute favorite genre, it’s not even a hit or miss for me. Unless the book is so terribly bad I can’t finish it, I’m going to like a fantasy novel. However, SERAPHINA completely reminded me of why I like the genre, and definitely set the bar higher for any fantasy books I read in the future. Seriously though, throw me a fantasy and I’ll be happy for days.
Seraphina is half dragon, half human, and hides among both species. But the precarious truce between the dragons and humans is starting to crumble, and Seraphina might not be able to hide for much longer, especially when the people she loves are in danger.
SERAPHINA tells an entirely new version of dragons that I thought was so unique and well thought out, especially with all the politics of court involved. My favorite character was a dragon, and I hope to see more of him in the sequel because the dragons themselves are so intriguing. It’s so funny to me though because dragons are in a truce with humans and are considered the weaker species.
Usually I am 100% in for a forbidden romance, and Seraphina’s relationship with Prince Lucian Kiggs should have been no different, but I was a bit disappointed with these two. Seraphina’s feelings seem to have came out of nowhere, and Kiggs was always a bit wishy-washy for me.
The writing in this book was a huge positive, the descriptions are detailed and flow very nicely, allowing you to picture everything really clearly. They were not so overwhelming to where they took over the book, and they were not clunky or tedious to read either.
I feel like SERAPHINA was made for me, it has fantasy, dragons, forbidden romance, and royalty. If you are a fan of any of those, be sure to check this one out!