Thursday, September 6, 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Katie's got a fantastic book for fans of fantasy 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Had a dragon-sized hole in your life since the Eragon series wrapped up? Or maybe you’re just binging on fantasy between now and the release of The Hobbit in theatres this December? Whatever the case may be, you’ll want to add Seraphina to your summer reading list.

The kingdom of Goredd is a place where humans and dragons in human form have been working to coexist since the treaty between their peoples was signed 40 years ago. The dragons are a species that brings rational thinking and mathematical genius to society, but their inability to understand human emotion and the long held prejudices of both peoples makes assimilation sometimes feel like a uphill (and potentially hopeless) battle.

This has never been more apparent than during the time Seraphina becomes a part of the court’s staff and finds herself participating in the funeral of a member of the royal family. Sixteen year old Seraphina may be living in the home of the Queen, but she prefers to stay out of the spotlight, no matter how gifted she is as a magician or how much interest the princess takes in her opinions. She has secrets and she would prefer them to stay just that--secret. And anyway, who could possibly be interested in a lowly musician’s assistant when there are rumors of a dragon having killed the prince of the realm?

But keeping secrets in the palace means telling lies to very powerful people. As Seraphina is pulled into Prince Lucian’s investigation of the possible dragon killing, her secret becomes harder and harder to hide. And while I would love to tell you what happens next that would ruin all the fun.

So if you want to read about some of the most fascinating dragons I’ve ever come across or just lose yourself in a richly realized fantasy world swirling with mystery and tentative romance, check out Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina. It looks like it could be the beginning of a magnificent series.

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