Friday, September 07, 2012

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Release Date: July 10, 2012 
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Reads 
Source: Publisher via NetGalley 
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.
I hope that it's no surprise that I love fantasy novels. I LOVE THEM! The idea of going into a world that is original (at least I hope it is) and fresh and meeting all sorts of different characters is fantastic! I was expecting a lot from Seraphina since I had heard nothing but good things from it and it didn’t disappoint. Rachel Hartman’s debut novel has a great protagonist living in a wonderful world full of danger, journeys and dragons!

Let’s start with Seraphina, the protagonist whom I adored! She’s half dragon in a world where not everyone loves dragons and during a time of great turmoil. When she begins to work with Prince Lucian Kiggs to uncover who killed Prince Rufus, she begins to realize that there is more to her life than she ever imagined. She’s never fallen for anyone she is begins to question how she can help Lucian, come to terms with her past and her special abilities and well, keep her secret a secret. Seraphina’s emotions and struggles are realistic. You want to just go in and hug her so hard! She’s gone though a lot but she continues to struggle with what is right because sometimes, what is right and wrong is hard to decipher.

I can’t forget to mention the astounding world in which Seraphina is set. Dragons’ turning into humans isn’t an original idea really but how it’s pulled off it. The internal and external conflict between humans and dragons is so rich and wonderful. There is history behind it deep and complicated yet Rachel Hartman doesn’t dump in for. She skillfully only reveals enough information to satisfy our curiosity without telling us everything we need to know.

I haven’t even talked about Rachel Hartman’s writing that is beautiful and lyrical and utterly engrossing. Or how much art and music are entwined in the pages of this hefty book. Overall, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman has become one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. An interesting look into the dynamics of human and dragon interactions set in a world that has so much history written in such beautiful writing, Seraphina is a must read for everyone!
Cover Comments: 
Look at it y'all and tell me it's not amazing looking! It's not like all the other covers out there these days but man is it amazing! It's got the dragon and the landscape and it just screams Seraphina! 
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