Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Pages: 464
Format: Netgalley eARC
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: July 10th 2012
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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.
Being a fan of fantasy books and all things dragons, I rushed over to NetGalley as soon as I discovered Seraphina. (thanks to someone's IMM alerting me about this awesome novel!)

In my books nothing beats a good fantasy novel, steeped in intrigue and romance... and Seraphina definitely delivers that and much more!

There's a lot more to Seraphina than meets the eye and I'm not only talking about the main character either, but the book itself! At first when I started reading Seraphina, I felt like it was a bit bland with no emotion, but oh boy was I wrong! Seraphina is one of those books with characters that felt real and it just had so many different emotions packed into its pages and as I kept reading, and got to know the characters and Seraphina herself a bit better I was blown away with all the vast amount of emotions in this one book.

Rachel Hartman is a genius - how she managed to put so much into one book and yet make it so it wasn't overwhelming is beyond me and she deserves a pat on the back, a bright gold star and lots of cookies for her outstanding work!

The story wasn't boring for a second, there was so much that kept my mind thinking, mysteries to solve everywhere from the little to the big, relationships to sniff out and discover how deep they were and the dragon's themselves, such complex creatures showing little emotion were so much fun to work out, especially when they said or did something that offended a human without them meaning to.

I think the dragon's being like that and the human's mistaking a lot of their intentions and vice a versa and Seraphina herself stuck in the middle and only starting to discover herself, was just so much fun to me because I love working out a good mystery, the plot the characters and the world kept me occupied and I just couldn't put it down.

Orma was one of my favourite characters... hell I loved them all! But I think my favourite thing with Orma was that he was a dragon who worked so hard to remain stiff and emotionless and that when he did show his emotions, it was just so raw and strong... which made me teary or giggle everytime, I can't wait to see more of him in the future!

Princess Glisselda annoyed me a bit at the start, but like all the other character's she had a hidden depth and was revealed to be such a fun, smart (after she got over herself and prejudice's) and intriguing character... although I will admit I'm pretty freaked out and worried about what will happen in the future with her, Kiggs and Seraphina, because I got the feeling at one point that Glisselda knew about Kiggs and Seraphina's feelings for each other and was trying to set them up at one point, but then near the end I'm left thinking maybe I was wrong and 'ooh shit whats going to happen!?' But I guess only time will tell!

Kiggs! I love him, he is such a noble & straightforward character that will do anything in his power to protect those he cares about and find justice. I can't wait to see his character development in a hopefully second book... along with all the other fantastic characters in Rachel Hartman's amazing world of Dragon's and Humans.

Lastly my favourite character is Seraphina herself! Watching her grow from a timid young woman who didn't think that she could trust or love anyone who hated to lie but remained to do so to keep herself safe, to slowly begin to have courage in herself and others to even damning the consequences from people finding out the truth... was so worth it!

Bring on book two! & if there isn't going to be a book two... I'm going to cry for weeks EVER! 

I recommend all lovers of Tamora Pierce or any lover of a good fantasy book to pick this one up! Even if fantasy isn't your favourite genre, Seraphina will be sure to leave you in awe!

By Rachel Hartman

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Some Favourite Quotes
"The treaty forbids us biting off human heads, but I won't pretend I've forgotten what they taste like."
"What were you up to when I arrived? You weren't going to mate right here in the snow, were you?"

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