Friday, June 12, 2015

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Author: Rachel Hartman
Lexile: 760
Length: 465 Pages
Genre: Fantasy
Awards: William C. Morris Debut Award Winner
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

             Dragons. That one word creates fear in the peoples of  Gorredd's hearts. Long before, a peace treaty was made between the most important general of the dragons and the current queen. Over that time,none of the hostility people felt toward dragons eased, if anything, it became more solid and bitter. Dragons could take a human form and would attend certain ceremonies and councils with the humans, which only made the public even more angry. Right before the 40 anniversary of the treaty, a member of the royal family, next heir to the throne, was murdered. What outraged the public is that he was decapitated. Exactly how a dragon would kill a person. Seraphina Dombegh fears both sided warily. She is the new music mistress at court, with tremendous musical talent. But her secret behind it could end the peace. Seraphina teams up with the head of security for the royal family, Prince Lucian Kiggs. Together they must unravel the mystery behind Prince Rufus' death. Can Seraphina really reunite 2 drastically different worlds?
                     I did enjoy this book a lot, it really captured what I think about dragons well. It was a little confusing, like how she went from peasant to court life, but it still worked out okay. The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars however, was that it just wasn't very different from other fantasy books. It was a classic Hero's journey, so I could basically tell what was going to happen. Some parts did surprise me a little, but it's like that in every good book. That is just me, it will probably not be like that for you, so don't let that stop you from reading it. Overall, it was a good book, very interesting. And dragons are actually a hard topic to write about, making them different from the classic fairytale dragon, so the author did a great job with that. You should really try this book out in your free time if you are a fan of fantasy!

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