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  • Published: New York : Random House, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 465 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 760

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780375866562


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by Hartman, Rachel.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

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A wonderfully well-written novel with a new world of dragons and humans, living in a 40-year peace that may or may not be as solid as it seems. The dragons can take human form, and Seraphina herself is an unwitting and secret offspring of one such dragon and a human mating. Yet as a gifted musician and with an intractable curiosity, she is interestingly placed to use her gifts and knowledge as events unfold at court.

The worldbuilding is beautiful and deep, the characters are rich, the interactions are worth your time. This is one that will join my shelves as a permanent addition so that I can lend it out and be sure that my children read and reread it in a few years. Clearly the beginning of a possible series, I look forward to what comes next!

(There were a few minor details that detracted for me, such as having a young woman who had never been on a horse ride for half a day convincingly, only failing to know how to get off, then be fine for a few hours, then ride for another half a day. I'm sorry, but that is impossible. She would be so sore that she wouldn't be able to walk after that outing, even if she somehow pulled off the fake skill set. But this kind of thing is a minor quibble compared to the outstanding overall novel. Truly.)


I loved this book--there's excellent and believable character development and the book moves at a great pace that really keeps you interested. Check it out today!


I've been looking for another series about dragons for a while, and I'm glad that I found Seraphina. Usually I don't like reading books that are in first person, but here it didn't matter. The prose was beautifully written and it was definitely interesting straight from the beginning. Seraphina is an interesting character (I don' t read about too many musicians) as well as the other characters in the book. I really enjoyed it and I'm anxiously waiting for the next one. It's a very promising series with very, very, interesting dragons. Read if you like dragons or you just want a good fantasy to read.

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