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Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375866562
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Har
Characteristics: 465 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 27, 2019

This book was a bit hard to follow because so many of the names were made up. It did have a map of the kingdom yet it was still confusing when the author would throw in a made-up name as if it was a typical word that didn't need explaining. The vocabulary was very advanced which made it challenging to understand what was happening too. I was having trouble following everything so I stopped both times I tried reading this book. So I might try again when I'm older. Besides the two factors, the story was intriguing and very original.

liljables Jan 21, 2019

I was lucky enough to meet Rachel Hartman and scored a copy of her most recent novel, Tess of the Road, at last year's BC Library Association conference. I gobbled up Tess of the Road - it was my favourite YA read of last year - despite the fact that it was technically a sequel to her earlier novels, Seraphina and Shadow Scale. (In case you're wondering, Tess worked wonderfully as a standalone, and quickly caught me up on the world-building done in the first two novels). I finally picked up Seraphina last week, and felt warmly welcomed back into this world. Hartman's dragons are unlike any I've ever met, and Seraphina, much like Tess, is a flawed but utterly relatable heroine, grappling with her identity and society's expectations. Hartman's fantasy writing relies more on character development than action, which certainly won't work for everyone, but I can't get enough - onto Shadow Scale tonight!

Jan 16, 2019

Seraphina tells the story of a young women with a terrible secret that keeps her secluded and withdrawn. But despite the warnings, Seraphina's exceptional musical talent can't help but be noticed by many. She finds herself soon amid a troubled political climate as humans and dragons struggle over their alliance.
The narrative moves at a luxurious pace compared to other books of a similar genre, drawing focus on the internal exposition of Seraphina. Descriptions of character and culture and particularly well-thought out and each character feels distinct and believable in their world.
That being said, for me this book moved too slowly, and felt a chore to read for the majority of it. My biggest gripe is the type of dragon the author has imagined. Methodical, calculating and utterly devoid of emotion, these dragons are more akin to automatons than the typical brash, fire-breathing monsters (that arguably make them fun and exciting). This is a personal preference, of course. I like stories where dragons can be friendly, but I also like them loud and proud.

Oct 30, 2018

Honestly, I thought that this was odd. It was really confusing.

Jul 31, 2018

Well written and compelling, "Seraphina" is an excellent book without the usual Young Adult fluffiness. If you're into dragons you'll definitely enjoy this book; I found Seraphina's world very intriguing and cannot wait to read the two sequels, which are "Shadow Scale" and "Tess of the Road". If you like listening to audiobooks, definitely check out the audiobook of this story, which is read by Mandy Willaims; it was absolutely perfect for the story!

Apr 08, 2018

Really enjoyed this book - thought the main character was well-developed and likable, plot kept my interest - good read not just for young adults.

LPL_KateG Mar 05, 2018

I listened to the audiobook version of Seraphina for the Book Squad Goals challenge - "Read a book about a mythical creature." This was such a sweet book with interesting characters and an imaginative story-line.

SamanthaE_KCMO Dec 30, 2017

Seraphina offers a unique take on the dragon genre. In Rachel Hartman's fantasy series, dragons have the ability to transform their giant scaly bodies into human form, where they can walk, talk and interact with the humans of Goredd as scholars and doctors. A tenuous peace between the dragons and humans has been maintained for last 40 years. But despite the peace, Seraphina still must hide who she is. As half dragon-half human her very existence is a danger to herself and her family as interbreeding between humans and dragons is taboo to the point of heresy. But as turmoil draws near and enemies on both sides of the fight threaten to overturn the peace, Seraphina may be the only one who can understand both sides and bring them together.

Serephina is a practical and clever character with an incredible music ability. Her dark secret causes her to maintain a low-profile while living in the Queen's court, acting as a musician's assistant and providing lessons to the Princess. However, as events transpire, Seraphina is forced to slowly enter the spotlight to protect the people, and dragons, that she loves.

Recommended to lovers of fantasy, steam-punk, and strong female characters.

cassgram Jul 16, 2017

A strong YA book. I love that the dragon lore is unique and how music is used in this story. Though I was able to figure out the plot midway through I still enjoyed the progression of the story. There is a typical romance element as in most YA fiction but the story still moves along and you get a nice surprise at towards the end.

SnoIsleLib_JenniferK Jun 27, 2017

I loved this lyrical novel about humans, dragons, and one unique heroine.

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May 31, 2016

The music flew from me like a dove released into the vastness of the nave; the cathedral itself lent it new richness and gave something back, as if this glorious edifice, too, were my instrument.

KaiaWillow Jul 27, 2014

The future would come, full of war and uncertainty, but I would not be facing it alone.

May 25, 2014

“Sometimes the truth has difficulty breaching the city walls of our beliefs. A lie, dressed in the correct livery, passes through more easily.”

May 25, 2014

“We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.”


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May 25, 2014

In a world where dragons roam and walk amongst humans, in human form called saarantras. In such a world where dragons can go unnoticed, and still harbor such awesome powers, tensions between dragons and humans rise as the fortieth anniversary of their great treaty approaches.

Oct 11, 2012



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