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Friday, July 27, 2012

{Review} SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman

SERAPHINA

by Rachel Hartman
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House BFYR (Random House Children's Books)
Pages/Format: 464; Hardcover & e-book
Source: Netgalley/Won from Random Buzzers

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.
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Review

Rachel Hartman's debut novel is an absolutely fantastic piece of fiction! Seraphina eclipses all other fantasy debuts of the year so far with it's lyrical writing and Hartman's vivid imagination.

Seraphina is a strong girl with a dangerous secret. She lives in a world where dragons and humans skirt around each other in distrust and sometimes curiosity. She's a peculiar girl who has visions of strangers she calls 'grotesques'. When Seraphina begins to see some of them bleed into her reality and forges a bond with them, Seraphina comes even more alive with mystery. 

The story is set in first person perspective and Seraphina's thoughts are completely honest for readers. Her loneliness, humility, and compassion are the height of her character and spurs her to do much for herself and her newly found friends. As Seraphina grows and learns from her mistakes, she becomes the heroine that makes reading something to look forward to.

Seraphina is an addictive novel that will capture the attention of readers from all age groups. Even those who aren't yet fans of the fantasy genre, where the worlds are completely unfamiliar and filled with imaginative cultures and languages, will fall in love with Seraphina and her journey to save the peace between humans and dragons. The fact that Seraphina is only the first in a series makes it that much more exciting to read. The novel is full of events that lead to a big finish, so one can only imagine what surprises await in Dracomachia!

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