New York : Random House, c2012
499 p. ; 22 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9780375866562 (hardcover), 0375866566 (hardcover), 9780375966569 (library binding), 0375966560 (library binding), 9780375866562 (hbk.), 0375866566 (hbk.), 9780375966569 (lib. bdg.), 0375966560 (lib. bdg.), Language:
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents
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Once I had feared that telling the truth would be like falling, that love would be like hitting the ground, but here I was my feet firmly planted, standing on my own.
We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.
Rachel Hartman’s Serphina takes place in a world where humans and dragons coexist. Dragons are able to take human form and walk amongst humans. Previously, humans and dragons warred against each other, but they are celebrating 40 years of peace when the novel begins. The nearly four decades of peace has not completely dispelled the uneasiness either species feels regarding the other. Serphina, the main character of the story, finds herself in the middle of a mystery that threatens the very treaty the Royal Court and the leader of dragonkind have gathered to celebrate. Not to mention the danger to her life and exposure of a terrible secret she’s kept her entire life.
A well-written debut novel, this book has it all: action and adventure, mystery, a doomed love story, impeccable fantasy world building, a fearless heroine, and DRAGONS! Hartman weaves a believable, rich page turner. It starts out kind of slow, but persevere. It’s well worth it!
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