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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866562

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.
My Review

Okay so I'm sure I'm not the only person who judges a book by its cover, right? Of course I'm not. And the very instant I saw this book, I judged it. My thoughts? "Seraphina? And it's a dragon book? Seraphina sounds a heck of a lot like Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle." Okay, but I was wrong. Seraphina is very little like the Inheritance Cycle. 

So everybody has a certain type of book they like. Something that they try to stick with, and read a lot from that specific genre. Although Seraphina was set in medieval times and involves dragons, it wasn't really the type of book that I would like. Now, let's get something straight, I'm not saying that this is a bad book. But it isn't really the type of  thing I'm normally in to. I realized this pretty early on in the book, however I looked beyond the aspects of it that I don't really like and saw that this book is written very well, has an original and inventive plot, and involves many quirky details that I enjoyed. The things I didn't enjoy... Well, to start, a big factor to this book is a romance story. If you've read any of my reviews before, you'll know that I have a pretty short attention span for a romance book. But, that wasn't the whole book. There was mystery and adventure, and it was overall a good read.

This book is recommended to fans of fantasy and romance. This book was well-written and entertaining. Oh, and it has dragons in it. Dragons are cool.


  1. Hmmm....this actually sounds like it might be MY kind of book. I might have to try it!

    1. I was going to say the same thing. Totally up your alley!

  2. I really like the cover! AND DRAGONS ARE COOL. I have requested a copy now- couldn't resist those dragons x

  3. I was hooked to the whole concept of dragons turning into people thing so I'm putting this up as a book I gotta read :D

  4. I'm a huge dragon fan so I think I'll still give this one a shot! Thanks for your review!

  5. I have a friend who's a huge dragon fan and loves romance. I'll have to recommend this to her! :)

  6. I'm not a huge romance fan, but I adore dragons and I LOVE the cover of this book!

  7. I'm actually listening to the audio, and it's fantastic! When I first received it, I wasn't at all sure about it, not being a particular fan of dragon-themed fantasy. But I'm revising my initial judgement the deeper I get into it.

    As for the romance aspect... Sometimes we've got to give "Kissing Books" a chance.

  8. I LOVE Seraphina! I read an ARC of it and couldn't stop recommending it to people for all the reasons you've stated. Everything is just so complex and well-built and believable! I loved how intricate the world is and how nuanced all the characters are, even the supporting and minor characters.


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