Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
the first Seraphina book
published on August 10th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
fantasy | romance
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.
As there are already plenty of reviews for this one, this one will just be a quickie review in bullets.
– The beginning was slow, but mostly full of interesting information that still kept my attention on the book… Well, I did have a few snack breaks.
– Starting from the half mark I couldn’t put this one down. It was suspenseful, witty and just had that exquisite drop of romance that didn’t hide the rest of the story. The love interest was an interesting character, and I understood the heroine’s attraction to him.
– The heroine herself was seriously very badass. She knew when to keep going, but she also knew when she had to keep quiet. A very determined girl, Seraphina wound her way into my heart.
– Friendship and family was also very well explored in this. Seraphina had a loving uncle, and there was a mystery behind the family who loved her but had to let her go.
– Holy crap the dragon lore! Everything was just so intriguing, and I never felt that any information was dumped at me. I wanted to suck it all in.
– The writing was beautiful–very classy, but understandable. There’s a glossary in the back of the book where odd words are listed, so I highly suggest not reading this one as an ebook.
I need the second book. Rachel Hartman sure knows how to write.