Saturday, July 13, 2013

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Review

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Seraphina, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Exquisite, rich, and heartbreaking, Seraphina is the start to a new dragon series that's sure to garner many fans!

Seraphina Dombegh is a teenage girl with an extraordinary talent: She is exceedingly musically gifted, and she and her father are hiding a secret: She's a half dragon. With tensions high with the coming approach of the renewal of a treaty between dragons and humans, Phina is in a delicate position.

What I enjoyed:
-Seraphina and her slow ascent to self-acceptance
-The rich, beautiful world she lives in
-Seraphina's family line
-Seraphina's mother and the insight on her and her past
-The people in Phina's head
-The cliffhanger
-The intricate mystery Hartman paints so easily
-Claude and his family

This is one of the best dragon novels I've ever read: I would recommend it to Janet Carey Lee and Christopher Paolini--beautiful! Next on deck: Reckless by Cornelia Funke!

*Reread on April 14, 2015. Just as beautiful as last time, I loved Seraphina--chock full of dragon lore, exquisite world-building, mouth-watering food porn, and deeply realized, nuanced characters with complex dilemmas. Easily one of my favorite books, and authors, of all time, and I'm so glad that I bought it! Highly enjoyable, and well worth the reread! Next on deck: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman!

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