Seraphina : A Novel
In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages.
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. From the Hardcover edition.
Seraphina is just what I was looking for, a well written, young adult fantasy novel that kept me guessing the whole time. Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award, first time author Rachel Hartman tells the story of Seraphina, a talented musician born to stand out yet terrified of doing so.
The country of Goredd is preparing to celebrate the 40 year peace with dragons. The dragons can take the shape of humans and have tried to assimilate into the culture with little success. Some embrace the science that dragons bring with them, but most still live in fear. Seraphina finds herself in the midst of this conflict, navigating court intrigue, protecting her family, fighting ignorance and dragons alike, and desperately trying not to fall in love with the wrong man, all the while guarding her secret at almost any cost.
This book deserves five stars both for its compelling story and strong writing.
-- by Mollie H.