Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina (Book One)

Who’s it for? Teens 🙂

What’s it about? For decades an extremely fragile peace has existed between humans and dragons, but in the run up to the signing of a new treaty the Crown Prince is killed in circumstances that seem awfully like the dragons had a hand in it.
In the midst of this is Seraphina, a gifted musician and the daughter of a dragon and a human. Forced to hide her true lineage she is nonetheless drawn into the investigation into the murder and along the way uncovers a much darker plot … one that threatens everything.

What’s good about it? It’s beautifully written. The style of it is gorgeous and the pacing is pretty much perfect. The story doesn’t speed along at a million miles an hour but it doesn’t drag either.

Seraphina is a fantastic character. She’s smart, very observant and really sweet too. Even when she’s hiding from the world she’s still quite charming. I have much envy for her musical talents as well. I really liked her relationship with Kiggs – especially because it didn’t feel like I was being smothered in endless chapters on how much they love each other.

I found the idea and concept of her mind garden fantastic – such an unusual and quirky thing to read about. Even though she was in control of it it always came with a healthy sense of tension.

The concept of the dragons in this as well – they can shapeshift and pass as human! (Although with admittedly varying degrees of success) I loved the fallout and the world building that sprung from that.

What’s bad about it? I have no complaints.

The verdict? I confess, I’ve read this one before today. It’s one of my favourites to recommend to teens at work because the world building is excellent, the prose beautifully written, and it contains a brilliant cast of characters. The ideas behind it are fascinating and it makes for an enthralling read. It’s an awesome start to a series and I’m really looking forward to the next one!


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