Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

seraphinaFor nearly forty years, there has been tentative peace between humans and dragons. That peace doesn’t stop prejudice from both human and dragon, and tension builds as the treaty anniversary nears. Seraphina is stuck between two worlds, a half-dragon who can’t let her parentage be known. She tries to stay in the shadows, but she might be the only person who can stop the plot meant to throw the kingdom back into war and chaos.

I first read this book in 2012. I loved it, but never reviewed it, for two reasons. First, I wasn’t really blogging much at the time, and second, I really didn’t know how to express my thoughts on the book. Because I didn’t review it, and because it had been so many years since I read it, I didn’t remember enough from the book to go into the sequel, Shadow Scale, without getting completely lost. Hence, the reread, and the opportunity to finally review this book I loved so much.

Unfortunately, I still have no idea what to say about this book! I still loved it, yes. It was wonderful. I thought Hartman’s dragons were unique and interesting, and I liked the whole variety of reactions both humans and dragons had regarding each other. I loved the idea of dishonesty-as-necessity, because I usually find dishonesty of all kinds distasteful, and Hartman’s approach to the subject was unusual. The love story was gentle and sweet and subtle. The surprises were so well-hidden that I was taken by surprise even through my second read, despite remembering most of the book as I reread. Aaaaand that’s pretty much all I have to say about Seraphina. It was just as wonderful the second time around, and I’m looking forward to finally reading the sequel now!

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5 Responses to Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

  1. This one is on my TBR. Have you read Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw? I think you would like it.


    • Amanda says:

      I haven’t. I’ve tried reading two others from Walton and couldn’t get into either of them, but in both cases I feel like that’s not a permanent “no.” I couldn’t hear the voice from them, which MAY mean her writing and I don’t get along, or it might just mean it was the wrong time, or that I need an audio version to start with. (Same happened with Maggie Stiefvater, for instance.) But I’ll check that one out, and see what the library here has in terms of Walton-audio. The one up in Massachusetts – where I tried the other two – had no audio versions.


  2. Kristen M. says:

    I’ll be interested to see your thoughts after Shadow Scale. It definitely goes in some interesting directions that I didn’t expect. I think it was perfectly done as two books though and was very happy that she didn’t try and stretch it into a trilogy!


    • Amanda says:

      My review goes up tomorrow, but I’m afraid I felt kinda the opposite – like it was multiple books smashed into one, and should have been expanded into many volumes, OR had a lot cut from it. It felt like too many different stories being told (not different points of view or anything, just like Seraphina herself had too many different storylines), and that it went way off course. I was really disappointed by it. 😦


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