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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Posted in Science Fiction Reviews with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by teensreadteenbooks

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I have been reviewing a bunch of series so far, but for this post, I am going to talk about a book that was recently put in stores, and I rather enjoyed it! It’s by Rachel Hartman, and it’s named Seraphina.

The book follows Seraphina, a young woman living in the city of Goredd, where dragons take human form inside the city under a peace that has lasted 40 years. Eventually, she decides to leave home to get away from her father, a lawyer who defends dragons in court. The two never really got along, but Seraphina finds herself a position in the royal household as a court musician. But just as she joins the court, Prince Rufus is murdered in a draconian fashion. Tensions are high between the two races, and Seraphina has a secret that makes her fear both sides. With the help of her dragon teacher, Orma, she keeps her secret under wraps as long as she can. Seraphina walks a dangerous path as she befriends and eventually falls in the love with Prince Lucian Kiggs, the captain of the guard. He’s naturally curious and skilled in interrogating, and Seraphina interests him deeply. The two work together closely to find out who murdered Prince Rufus.

In this book, I was very pleased with how Hartman created essentially two different worlds. The physical world that Seraphina lives in, seems medieval in nature and defiantly fits the setting I have created in my head. The world inside Seraphina’s head is even more interesting because it makes Seraphina who she is while it also risks her life. The relationship between Kiggs and Serpahina made me smile because of their sarcastic, curious spirits. They work well together despite the many fights they get in. Overall, I was pleased with the book for its adventure and mystery. The dragon aspect of the book just made me extremely happy!

Anyone who likes this book would love the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. Both have dragons in them! Where could you go wrong?

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