I really don’t know what’s happening lately, but I am reading a tonne of books that are just SO good! I’ve hit a lucky streak, and Seraphina is no exception. Summary from Goodreads:
“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.”
So this is beautiful. From the writing, to the detailed word building to Seraphina herself, its all exquisite. Anyone that is remotely snobby or snotty about the quality of YA literature should read this, because it will blow you away!! This is a thoroughly original take on dragons.
Starting with the titular character, Seraphina. She is clever but guarded and lonely and cut off and the only way I can describe her is 3D, fully rounded and completely believable as a young woman. I LOVE that it is written in first person, the writing is Seraphina and I also love that feeling when you’ve finished a book that you really know that character – this is especially true of Seraphina because not many people know who she really is! There are whole hosts of characters – Seraphina’s teacher/uncle Orma was one of my favourites, his inability to understand feelings made me chuckle! I also loved Glisselda (even though I read it as Glinda from Wicked and now picture her as a younger Kristin Chenoweth) she was caring but very princess-y and girly, but at the end I really admired her. The lurve interest is Lucian Kiggs, Prince, bastard and fiancé of Glisselda. He is dashing and handsome and clever and, I may be in love with him.
Next, the plot. This was not your stereotypical I-can-see-whats-going-to-happen-next mystery. There were twists and turns and it was unpredictable and action packed and aghahaj it was great. There was never a moment where I thought, this is boring me. I’m not going to spoil it (GO READ IT) but the ending was also spectacular. For the second time, my only conclusion to Seraphina is bring on book 2.
Also, another thing that made this book stand out to me was the music. I loved how it permeated Seraphina’s life and I ADORED the descriptions of her playing.
If you are into interesting female characters, well developed worlds, a highly original take on dragons, and a excellent mystery go and buy this book now!
Hope you are all having a fab weekend!