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Staff Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

February 25, 2013

If you need a break from vampires, zombies, dystopian societies or modern romances, then pick up “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman and immerse yourself in a different world.

Seraphina has a giant secret to conceal. In a world where dragons and humans barely get along, she knows that the truth about her mother could end her life. As  she joins the court as a musician in medieval-like Goredd, someone murders a member of the royal family and a dragon is blamed, causing tensions to run high. With the help of her dragon tutor Orma and some telepathic gifts, Seraphina seeks to assist the perceptive Prince Kiggs in finding the murderer before war breaks out between the science-oriented dragons and emotional humans.

With a world that seems strangely familiar yet wholly strange, Rachel Hartman fleshes out a land of shape-shifting dragons, superstition, and beautiful music. Seraphina travels through her world alone, but is so achingly real that you will feel bereft when you put the book down at the end of the story. Fans of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and romance will relish this engrossing book.

School Library Journal recommends this book for grades 7 and up.

–Andrea W., H.Q.

P.S. If you like “Seraphina,” give “Fly by Night” by Frances Hardinge a try!

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