Monday, February 16, 2015

Teen Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Our fantastic teen reviewer and volunteer, Johanna, is back with a look at one of our favorite books with dragons:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
A fantasy bringing together dragons and humans in a novel fashion (pun intended), Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is funny, exciting, interesting, (insert every positive adjective you can think of here). I love it! In this world, dragons have a tenuous peace agreement with humans, like many other books about these things. But in Seraphina, the dragons can assume the human shape while retaining their usual traits of extreme intelligence and little to no empathy. The mistrust between the two species is manifest in the human’s insistence that dragons in human form must wear bells to signal their dragon-ness, which leads to much discrimination. During the book, this situation is worsened after a dragon-style murder of a prince. 

But these societal problems are only the background for the rich plot of Seraphina. The title character, Seraphina, is a music tutor to the royal princess, a spunky teen who quickly becomes friends with Seraphina. As Seraphina, who is revealed to have a special connection with dragons, struggles to stay under the radar while defending dragons (usually not physically, just when people insult them), she uncovers a plan to wreak havoc on the kingdom, and realizes that her unique talents make her especially adept at the task ahead.  

To anyone suffering from Seraphina deprivation: Suffer no longer! Rachel Hartman has published a 17 page story about how Seraphina was hired to be the music assistant (free on the internet; read it here)  AND she is coming out with a sequel March 10th, 2015! She has also released the first few chapters of Shadow Scale (the sequel).

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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