Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)

Author: Rachel Hartman

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 467 (Hardcover), 359 (Paperback), 530 (Ebook)

Release Date: July 1, 2012

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Overall Thoughts:

I ended up liking this book quite a bit. To tell the truth, it was a cover buy but a cover buy I did not regret. It is a bit slow though, I didn’t mind though. If you’re looking into a unique high fantasy book about dragons for young adults, try this one.



World Buildng: I loved the world in this book, it’s very interesting and complex. My favorite part of the world building is how the dragons played in society and the religions.

Main Character: I actually enjoyed following the main character, Seraphina’s journey of finding/acceptance of herself and her trying to help the prince

Romance: I liked the fact that the romance didn’t play a big part in the book and it was gushy.



Slow Paced: This was a slow paced book. There is a lot of building going on in the book (world building and character building). If you don’t mind slow paced books than it shouldn’t bother you.

Connection to Characters: Even though I liked Seraphina, I didn’t feel connected to her or the other characters.



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