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Seraphina de [Hartman, Rachel]
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"(a) smart and affecting debut novel ... Hartman tackles difficult issues with subtlety and creativity, weaves in a surprisingly touching romance, and does it all in beautiful prose." (SFX Magazine online)

"This is a proper fantasy, with a feisty heroine and some truly splendid’s a beautifully told story, with some gorgeously surreal imaginative flights on a level with Alice in Wonderland – it has that dreamlike quality of beauty and absurdity...Seraphina is a fast-paced and skilfully wrought fantasy, a beautiful and original take on the dragon myth." (Katy Moran)

"Hartman proves dragons are still fascinating in this impressive high fantasy ... Equal parts political thriller, murder mystery, bittersweet romance, and coming-of-age story, this is an uncommonly good fantasy centered upon an odd but lovable heroine ... Fantasy readers young and old who appreciate immersion into a rich new culture will not mind the novel’s slow build, especially as it takes wing and hurtles toward the stratosphere. This is an exciting new series to watch." (Booklist)

"Seraphina is a quick-paced read, and while the story does pause at times for introspection, it never stalls or grinds to a halt ... It’s a tale well told, the author’s writing hitting a real high whenever music is involved. Here, her prose verges on the poetic; beautiful, often haunting, descriptions abound ... In Seraphina, Rachel Hartman has created a likeable, gutsy heroine, one who isn’t flawless or afraid to make mistakes." (Starburst magazine)

"Beautifully-written high fantasy about dragons. Credible, interesting characters, intricate but subtle worldbuilding and elegant prose ... Recommended by us for its sheer class." (The Bookbag)

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The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy.

But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened . . .

Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension.

For Seraphina hides a secret - the secret behind her musical gift - and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger . . .

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  • Editor: RHCP Digital (19 de julio de 2012)
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautifully written and well edited 16 de marzo de 2014
Por Mike Reeves-McMillan - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Early on, I thought this could be a 5-star book. It almost missed out on the fifth star, barely, because it somehow wasn't as compelling as I felt it could have been, but on balance I awarded the extra star for beautiful writing, an admirable protagonist, good worldbuilding and a well-constructed plot.

It's certainly a well-edited book. I spotted five errors: two sentences joined by a comma-splice; an excess closing quotation mark partway through a speech; the use of the word "palpated" in place of "palpitated"; a missing comma before a term of address; and a missing apostrophe in the phrase "goat's beard". If you follow my reviews, you'll know that it's usual for me to find a number of errors in double figures even in books that have been professionally edited, so this is a mark of an author who makes few errors, an editor who catches many, or some combination.

In addition, the language is often beautiful, going beyond efficient prose to something more literary. There's even one of my personal favourite things, a made-up phrase that is clearly a cliche in the setting, though it isn't one in our world: "Don't pay Pau-Henoa until he gets you to the other side," which in context means "don't count your chickens before they're hatched" or "don't jinx it".

The voice of the first-person protagonist, wry, even sarcastic, is wonderfully done. She's a pragmatic person who doesn't take herself too seriously; when she falls off her bed while ill and wakes up on the floor, the first thing she notices is that she needs to clean under the bed more often. She's decisive, practical and courageous, and I never felt that other people's admiration for her was forced by the author (as is far too often the case). She merited admiration.

She has a secret, the kind of thing that you have to conceal from everyone lest they despise you, and the author does a fine job of putting us in the head of someone in that situation: the constant vigilance, the threat of exposure, the self-doubt shading to self-hatred, the lack of trust in others. "I couldn't tell her that lying wasn't so much something I did as something I was," she says. The story isn't just an adventure, it's a story with meaning beyond itself, a story about the human condition as well as about these particular people.

That brings me, indirectly, to what I thought was weakest in the book, which very nearly lost it the fifth star. Even though the plot involved plenty of conflict and threat and taking action to avert bad consequences (sometimes unsuccessfully), I felt it lacked a sense of urgency somehow. I can't put my finger on exactly why. Clearly, a book can't simultaneously have literary depth and be a fast-paced thriller (at least, I've never seen this done, and I can't imagine how it would be), but the pacing, or the emotional tone, or something seemed a bit languid to me, despite the high stakes (personal and political). Maybe the wry, pragmatic tone of the narration works against the urgency that a more self-dramatising narrator would convey.

The worldbuilding is interesting. Even though a lot of elements clearly come from Renaissance Europe, they're given sufficient twists that it's not just cultural copypasta; it's "inspired by" rather than "based on". There are hints that the dragons have a high level of technology, beyond what the humans are equipped to understand. (I didn't mention the dragons? There are dragons. They're magnificent, even when taking human shape, and they struggle with the relative value of rationality and emotion.)

The ending, while a resolution, isn't a neat, everything-tied-up resolution. It has dimensions and layers and possibilities and built-in conflict for the next book - which I will definitely be looking for.

"We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful," says Seraphina, near the end. That's the book in a sentence. Read it, and find out why.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Saraphina!!! 11 de noviembre de 2016
Por Mama Meena - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
As a parent I couldn't be happier.
I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter for her to read during our 5 hour flight.
With all the excellent reviews and with the movie coming out later this year I knew I couldn't go wrong.
Well she loved the book. During the flight she would even read sections of the book out loud to her sister.
She gives me updates on Serephina on her adventures and struggles. She is excited to read the next book and I'm very happy to see her engrossed in this well written story.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Amazing story! 9 de mayo de 2015
Por Marina - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Seraphina was a positively unique novel. In the world were dragons and humans have been at peace for only a couple of decades after centuries of war, Seraphina is a someone who may serve as an excuse to break the peace that is already crumbling. Dragons can take a human form, they don’t like it, and they view all human emotion as dangerous and are ruled by logic alone. Love doesn’t compute, so for a dragon to fall in love with a human is not only illogical it’s also the highest of treason that will end up getting either both of them killed, or the get the dragon brainwashed. Seraphina is the other result: she’s a halfling, which is something we find out early on, and her life could be cut short if anyone was to find out.

Seraphina seems to inherit both the logic and the sentiment from her parents. She’s very practical, but she does feel love and affection for her father and for her dragon-uncle (her mom died giving birth to her). Seraphina is an amazing character, in fact she’s probably one of my most favorite female leading ladies ever. She doesn’t let herself be clouded by emotion, even if she feels it, she does what is best. She doesn’t let the guy who she feels attraction to, either distract her, or confuse her. So she doesn’t blush or act like an idiot every time he’s in the room.

The supporting characters are all wonderful, the love interest is quite deserving of being loved, her friends are all lovable, and her uncle is just badass and no matter how much he tries not to, he loves Seraphina with all his dragon heart.

The one issue with this book is the very slow pacing that absolutely drags sometimes, but otherwise the story is engaging.

It was the language of the book that made me love it. The prose is brilliant and moving, the metaphors are beautiful and quite often made me either smile or tear up. Just read: “I became the very air; I was full of stars. I was the soaring spaces between the spires of the cathedral, the solemn breath of chimneys, a whispered prayer upon the winter wind. I was silence,and I was music, one clear transcendent chord rising toward Heaven. I believed, then, that I would have risen bodily into the sky but for the anchor of his hand in my hair and his round soft perfect mouth.” (Seraphina) There were other beautiful quotes like this as well. The entire book is just beautifully written. It spoiled my eyes and tickled my brain.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read beautiful prose or a great novel about dragons.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A gorgeous, beautiful debut with something for everyone--easily one of my favorite books of all time! 15 de abril de 2015
Por Autumn - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa blanda Compra verificada
I am dumbfounded.

This book has reminded me why my not-so-young adult anymore self hasn't given up on it. This book made me realize just how much I love young adult fiction, and books in general.


Where do I begin? The beautiful writing? The exquisite food descriptions? The worldbuilding that completely swept me away, into a new world? The beautifully realized, complex characters? The pacing, which was breakneck from the beginning?

(Also, since I bought it, there's a huge section of stuff that isn't in the hardcover edition! SCORE!)


Seraphina Dombegh loves music. So much so that she auditioned for assistant musical director, and got in. But our lovely, spunky heroine has a secret that could be the death of her: She's half dragon. And don't even get me started on The Garden of Grotesques. (You'll see when you read it.) When deaths begin to occur, on the very anniversary of the peace between the peoples of Gorredd and its scaly, reptilian counterparts, Seraphina begins to suspect that something is wrong. Forced to team up with members of the royal family, she discovers that the killings may jeopardize the peace that has surrounded the land these four decades.

As I stated before, I loved this book. Probably everything about it. I am shamelessly fangirling and I am so HAPPY that I have Shadow Scale waiting for me on my Kindle Fire. The bottom line: A beautiful, gorgeous debut, Seraphina completely stole my heart. Next on deck: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas dragons and secrets and castles 6 de septiembre de 2016
Por Denae C - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
Reader thoughts: Beautiful writing, wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and a truly three-dimensional setting.

One great thing about this book is that the style and plot didn't drastically change in the middle of the book. It didn't suddenly turn into a romance. Seraphina didn't suddenly turn into a whiny, helpless heroine. We didn't suddenly learn about weird magics that solved everything and didn't fit in with the rest of the world. Mean people didn't suddenly turn nice, or vice versa, at least not without good reason. Seraphina stayed a musician and played music often and kept up with her duties and used her skills to help people.

Okay, the beginning (prologue) was weird. You could skip it.

One of the best parts is that Seraphina has this secret that literally could be life-threatening. She has to be constantly on her guard so that no one finds out what she is. She also has to work hard to earn any respect or power she does get because people are inclined to think less of her.

The dragons! I loved how they were portrayed and characterized. I can't recall reading about emotionless dragons before. Intelligent, academic ones, yes, and even ones that could take human form, but not about dragons that deny emotions. Almost like Vulcans, I suppose, except I wonder if these dragons CAN feel emotions at all when in dragon form. All the little details fit so well (ie, dragons have silver blood) and usually caused complications somewhere.

I was surprised, at the end, to discover this is the first of a series. Part of me is disappointed, since I worry the second book could not be as good. Part of me is excited.
(Update: second book isn't nearly as good, but it did have a lot to live up to.)

Writer thoughts: Hartman uses constant tension well in this book. Most of that is Seraphina's secret, but some of it is from the mysteries (Who is decapitating people in the woods? Do the dragons really want peace or not?). Some of it is from the convoluted relationships Seraphina gets into (her uncle might care for her, the princess might not be spoiled, the prince might like her, and her garden people might be able to find her).

There's always something going on (on many levels) that keeps Seraphina guessing and the reader at the edge of their seats.
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