Seraphina Book Review

Maddy Maher


Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.


This novel was written by Rachel Hartman
Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher is Random House Books For Young Readers (US)
Published in July 2012
Hardcover (480 pages)

I chose this book because the cover caught my eye. It was beautiful and different. After I read the first few chapters, I was drawn in and wanting more. The imaginative culture that the author created is very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy. There are even good blurbs written by other well known fantasy writers, like Tamora Pierce and Christopher Paolini.

I can't find anything wrong with this book--it was amazing. I liked how Rachel Hartman tricks the reader over the murder of the Prince, making us think the wrong people might be guilty. The author makes the dragons seem so unforgiving and cold, and maybe even too strict, but they are pretty cool in their own way. I got sucked in to the world of Seraphina, the way author describes every little detail, adding the simplest things. All in all, this was a great book, and I would give it two thumbs up, a high five, and five stars.
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