Friday, August 31, 2012

Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman

Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 467
Age Group: Young Adult (13-18)
Recommended For Fans Of: Eragon, Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale
Rating: 5 Stars

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. (GoodReads)

(Female) dragon lovers, for the longest time, have been left in the dark with an onslaught of dystopia and paranormal. But you can cast your fears away when Serpahina, Rachel Hartman's riveting debut, hits the shelves-it is tantalizing as it is fearsome, and some of the best fantasy that I have read in a long, long, long, long, long, long, long (Etc, etc.) time. 

What can I say about a book this GOOD??? I am at a loss for words-it's been a day since I finished it and I still can't STOP THINKING ABOUT IT! Seraphina is fresh and inviting, and so is the world Hartman has crafted. And then, she incorporates music into it-which is my next favorite thing to reading and writing. It's like she has whittled the perfect book-just for me! 

The end left me SCREAMING for more. It's like chocolate-I can never get enough of it. 

And the romance. It's chocolate too, but more bittersweet, like if you dunked some fruit in it. Sour, but delicious. 

My favorite part about this book is how Hartman adds in a lot of religion without ever pushing it out to you, which I feel a lot of fantasy books (with religion) do a lot. And real world concepts get a place in here without ever feeling odd or, how did that get there??

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Serphina!!! She will find a way into your heart, trust me; even if she is part cold-blooded reptilian.


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