Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

A new vision of knights, dragons, and the fair maiden caught in between . . . 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 has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered. While a sinister plot to destroy the peace is uncovered, Seraphina struggles to protect the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

My Thoughts:

This was a really good book. The author has created a really interesting world. It isn’t entirely a unique world but it certainly is just as good. The dragons in this series have the ability to appear in human form.  This reminds be of the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan. However, the setting in this book is in the past unlike in Jordan’s books. The dragons are really good in the fact that they suppress emotions. This was very interesting and it plays a big part in the book. Humans and dragons have a peace between them but it appears someone or some group is trying to ruin that peace. Seraphina herself is caught between both worlds. In my opinion her musical gift was a special part of her but I don’t think it played too much of a part in her secret. I really enjoyed the relationship between Seraphina and Orma and thought it was very sweet. Orma was an interesting character who had his own struggles. Lucian and Seraphina’s relationship was pretty bland. It reminded me of any cop movie where partners tried to solve a case. The conclusion of their relationship in the end was pretty unsatisfactory and I would have liked more of a build up to the final realization on how they felt towards each other. Also, there were a lot of terms I was unfamiliar with in the book and the glossary in the back didn’t really help. I like that the book ended off with a definite goal in mind for Seraphina but I didn’t like that there was no real face behind the future villain. It was more of a collective group that would be the villain in the next book. I would definitely recommend this book.

Future Books:

The next book in the series is called Dracomachia and comes out July 9, 2013.

My Character

This is the character that I created based on this series http://shortstuff2511.tumblr.com/post/37158562349/seraphina-novel-character

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