Friday, October 30, 2015

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

SeraphinaFour 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.

Seraphina will be one of the most original dragon books you read. In this kingdom, dragons and humans live in harmony. However, when a murder that looks suspiciously dragon-like takes place only a couple weeks before the treaty is to be renewed, people start to question whether the peace is a good idea.
The book is told by Seraphina, a girl who works at the palace, and has reason to want the peace to last. Seraphina's character is so amazing to read about. She is brave and smart, and not an annoying main character that shows up in many YA novels. 
Throughout the book, you will be guessing at what will happen next, and questioning who you can trust. But no matter what you think will happen, you won't be able to guess the plot twists that take place.
I really liked the way Seraphina talked, and her great descriptions of the kingdom. I could really imagine the beautiful palace, from Seraphina's room to the dungeons. 
The only problem I had with the book was that it was a bit slow at the beginning. However once you get into it, the pace picks up and you won't be able to put it down. I was enjoying the book so much, I didn't want the book to end. Definitely a must-read for any fantasy-lovers.

Have you read Seraphina? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

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