MOBI Rachel Hartman õ õ Seraphina ePUB ¶

Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book hereFour 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 highSeraphina 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 ueen'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 lifeIn her exuisitely 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

10 thoughts on “Seraphina

  1. says:

    What does it take to inspire someone to read a book?Is it enough to give a heartfelt plea to the book's worthiness?Maybe a meme? Or jazzhands? Will jazzhands convince you? I know a meme about jazzhands Admit it This is pretty damn irresistibleOkay well if you're one of those strange people who would choose a convincing well informed review over a meme of a tiny turtle doing jazzhands then Are you sure I can't convince you with jazzhands? Maybe throw in a shuffle for you?Seraphina is half dragon and not because her father struggles with the basic nuances of the English language Well maybe a little bitIn this epic fantasy by debut author Rachel Hartman Seraphina is an abomination who must hide her true self from everyone lest she and her father are killed for heresy Dragons have the ability to fold themselves into human bodies and have maintained a strenuous peace with the human kingdoms Seraphina's life is put into jeopardy when court intrigue and mystery implicates that the treaty between dragons and humans is in dangerHartman's novel is almost flawlessly executed The novel whilst long is easily readable Hartman doesn't rush her narrative but neither does it seem to drag or falter Aside from a few brief flashback sessions the story is carried entirely by Seraphina who may be half human and half dragon but she is all brilliant She is the euivalent of some kind of beardragon hybrid Like a beardragon hybrid that can breath fire Yeah that level of coolness Well what do you know? They have a meme for thatOften in novels the female MC will profess to be extremely smart but much to my chagrin behave agonizingly stupidly and prove to have the mental faculties of a gnat Seraphina is the total opposite of TSTL She is brilliant charming ballsy and brave All the while she is also tactile honest and fully developed Actually I can not think of a single character in this book that I could argue as being two dimensional or aggravatingIn fact I absolutely loved the portrayal of strong female characters in this book It was done with such grace and humanity that I found myself respecting most of the women in this book Glisselda and the ueen were fantastic characters whom I absolutely adoredKiggs as the love interest was believable endearing and wonderful His character so eccentric so insightful and honourable completely won me over His relationship with Seraphina was genuine subtle and romantic The best thing? He wasn't any over developed Romanticized Alpha Male Thank goodness He rocked it without needing to bully oppress or corner Seraphina in any wayThe pacing is excellent for a lengthy novel I gobbled it up and only at the very end did I feel any desire to speed things up It is also beautifully well written The imagery alone was breath takingly beautiful The prose were polished and elegant It was a pleasure to read This novel was so full of emotion beauty and poetry that I was honestly startled because I expected none of itI must confess that I am an acuaintance of Hartman here on GoodReads I had grown a healthy respect for her opinions and expression so I entered into reading Seraphina with a certain amount of skepticism and trepidation I wonder if Hartman felt a similar trepidation when she saw that I had applied for her ARC and decided to read it Because let's face it I'm not exactly known to be the most generous of reviewers That's probably actually an understatementIf you think that my opinion of this book has been swayed by my association with the author then feel free to make your own mind up about it I'm sure reviews will be popping up soonBut to be honest I didn't know what to expect when starting this novel I've read work by friends before and had to put them aside with embarrassment This time is different When Seraphina is released I will buy this novel and treasure it I will probably read it again and again when I need a laugh or a romantic story or something to relax to In fact I loved this novel so much that I want to recommend it to everyone I want to go get everyone I know and make them read it This is the kind of novel that deserves to be published that deserves to be successful We need of this out there Not another trashy teen YA This is the good shit Right here So my uestion is what will it take to inspire you to read this book? This ARC was provided to me by Random House publishers No money or favours were exchanged

  2. says:

    Sometimes you read a book agree with all positive reviews of it but it just doesn't work for you That's the case with Seraphina and meWhatever you've read in 5 star reviews here on Goodreads is all true Seraphina is an intelligent fantasy set in a well realized medieval land of Goredd which is celebrating 40 year anniversary of its peace treaty with the nation of dragons The dragons are conceived with a lot of originality They have an ability to fold into human bodies weredragons anyone? and are beings of high intelligence and logic I saw someone on GR draw parallels with the Vulcans and I agree the dragons' internal conflicts about the acceptability of strong emotions are very much in tune with Spock's in the latest incarnation of Star Trek oops I stay corrected EVERY incarnation of Trek The mystery that sets the whole story in motion is clever and wrapped up in an interesting political intrigue As the celebration of the truce is approaching Goredd's heir is killed and it looks like by a dragon The main character of the novel Seraphina is the one who is to untangle this mystery but not without some help from Prince Lucian Kiggs the captain of the ueen's Guard and the fiancee to Princess of the land Glisselda This task is not easy though as Seraphina has a secret of her own she is a half dragon and by all laws of Goredd an abomination And yes as every fan of this novel says Seraphina is a resolute resourceful brave heroineIf I am to point at any flaws on the plot level I don't have much to complain about Really besides the naming of two prominent secondary characters Orma and Okra that creates a bit of an unneeded confusion a couple of info dumpy conversations that should have been mixed into the narrative better and the unclarity of why humandragon hybrids would be in a possession of extraordinary mental powers that are foreign to humans and dragons my only major ualm is the romance which is a but hasty and intense within the time frame of this novel It's kind of an odd experience when Seraphina after just a couple of conversations with Kiggs suddenly realizes that she is in love and intensely and irrevocably at that The romance becomes a tad grating when an unexpected jealousy subplot is introduced but this jealousy is not just silly and mostly baseless but misdirected as well You see Lucian suspects that Seraphina's secret dragon uncle Orma is her lover for no discernible reason while the fact that Lucian himself is engaged is forgotten for almost the entirety of the novelHowever all these issues can be overlooked with ease if you are enjoying the writing and Seraphina's voice And here unfortunately where Seraphina and I are at an impasse It is a matter of personal taste to be sure but I feet the novel lacked a little something to keep me engaged A special oomph X factor if you will something to carry me forward through the rather sluggish first 100 pages or so and uninteresting to me passages about music philosophy saints and Seraphina's mind garden I never connected with Seraphina who didn't IMO have a charisma and that was what mainly prevented me from enjoying the novel I appreciate the uality of Seraphina but it is not the book I would personally return to read again and again

  3. says:

    I wanted to love this but I didn't and it makes me sad

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    I'll admit it I was incredibly worried about this one I'm always a bit wary when an author seems nice and friendly and everybody likes them on here I know that seems like a stupid thing to say but it always sits in the back of my mind that maybe people are giving this book five stars because they like the author Rest assured THIS IS NOT THE CASE I mean sure people who liked the book probably like Hartman too but it's not the only reason This book deserves its five stars; it deserves ALL the stars This is definitely a meaty book There is talk of philosophy love art religion the importance of music and dance what it means to be human and dragon as well as many other themes especially acceptance being accepted and accepting oneself I was excited to see such a smartly written book intended for young adults that wasn't dumbed down in the least Have your dictionary ready though this is where a Kindle is helpful because the vocabulary used within is not for the faint of heart I'll admit that I was a bit annoyed that some things were never fully described Seraphina's oud only gets a description near the end and that all of these new words were thrown out at lightning speed but that's epic fantasy for you You just have to go with it and rely on the story telling to fill in the holesI'm going to completely forgive the beginning; it was bumpy and disjointed and chock full of short declarative sentences I don't care any I was nit picking and high lighting and tsk ing and then something shifted Hartman hit her stride and things just started to flow magically and nothing could stop me from enjoying the story Oh and the characters I loved Seraphina from the start I loved how cranky and emotional she could be how loyal and headstrong and brave and foolhardy and loving and kind she was She's a fantastic character and one I can't wait to read aboutAnd then there's Prince Lucian and Princess Glisselda I want to separate the two of them and yet I can't bring myself to These two were the best friends and confidants Seraphina could ask for Glisselda was bright and sparkling but never annoying or ditsy Lucian was witty and charming but never controlling or mean Don't get me wrong the whole book isn't super happy fun times for everyone but the characters are incredibly multi dimensional They laugh they cry they throw temper tantrums they uestion and judge and it's all wholeheartedly believableThe side characters and villains are eually as fantastic as their main counterpart Fruit Bat Imlann Orma The Earl of Apsig even Basind they all carried their own weight and breathed life into the story It's been a long time since I've read a tale with such a fleshed out castI could easily go on and on here but I think you can find what you're looking for in other reviews if you haven't already figured out that I loved this book It's an excellent entry into the epic fantasy genre and the young adult category should feel gracious that Seraphina appears upon its shelves and if you're a fan of either you owe it to yourself to check this book out An ARC was provided by NetGalley thank you

  5. says:

    Think you've read everything about dragons? Think it's a worn out concept? Seraphina will make you think again Our heroine of the title lives in a human kingdom that is about to celebrate forty years of a peace treaty with the draconian race but old prejudice dies hard When the ruler of the dragons comes to the capital to commemorate the treaty many factions on both sides wish to sabotage the fragile peace Hartman's dragons are fascinating They are part Vulcan from Star Trek logical beings who assiduously suppress their violent emotions and part Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock high functioning sociopaths who can do trigonometry in their heads and tell you exactly how many people are standing in a crowd but who don't understand the concept of music or shaking hands or sometimes even wearing clothes The dragons can take on human form saarantrai which only makes things complicated Needless to say dragons and humans are forbidden from falling in love which doesn't mean it never happens A great YA fantasy with plenty of intrigue and romance and several intertwining mysteries that will keep you reading

  6. says:

    I finished Seraphina And I ended up really liking it will discuss in this months wrap up

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    This is one of the most uniue dragon books you'll ever read I read it twice and it isn't even out yet You see in Seraphina's world dragons are able to take human shape and messy sloppy human emotions Seraphina's father fell in love with a beautiful singer and musician and married her and got a surprise Now Seraphina is the assistant to the royal music master struggling to keep her birth a secret and caught up in the tensions that surround the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between the dragons and the humans after a long and bitter warYou see not all humans want to preserve the treaty They think they can win over huge flying creatures that spout flame And not all dragons want to preserve the treaty This is bad news when they can take human form and go unrecognized as spies and assassinsSeraphina her musician uncle Orma Princess Glissanda the heir and Seraphina's music student and Prince Lucian in charge of security for the capital stumble across multiple plots to destroy the treaty in the wake of a prince's murder Can they stop a new war?You'll have to read the book You won't be sorry

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    2718 ON SALE for 199 by Rabid Reads45 starsThe oldest of my three younger sisters loves books as much as I do but doesn't have nearly as much time to read bc reasons Fortunately I know her well enough to keep recs to what I know she'll love so she can make the best use of the time she does have not begrudging me my surplus of time bc otherwise who would weed out the mediocre books? The most recent book I knew she'd love is this one but I was rereading it before Shadow Scale is released next month and I couldn't remember if she'd already read it bc my memory is crap so the day after I finished itMe Hey did you ever read Seraphina?Sister Sarah what?Me Se ra phin a It came out like 5ish years ago It's about this girl who's a half dragon Sister Ooohhh I wanna be a dragonMe Half dragonSister Or a half dragonMe Would you really want to be a dragon?Sister Depends Would I lay eggs or have normal babies?Me Eggs if you were a dragon babies if you were half dragonSister Then I want to be a dragonMe oOSister Whatever being a dragon would be awesome Flying around breathing fire hoarding treasure Me Actually the dragon leader guy outlawed hoarding treasure so now they hoard knowledgeSister So I get to hoard books?Me YepSister Could it be any perfect? NO No it could notAs I said previously Seraphina the MC not the title is a half dragon As such she belongs no where and to no one Yes there has been a tentative peace between the two races for the past fourty years but humans are notorious for hating that which frightens them and these dragons are rather Vulcan like in their views on pesky emotions Vulcans don't marry outside of their species unless political reasons suints at Spock Sr and they definitely don't marry for loveNeither do dragonsAnd humans are so horrified by the concept that they have half a dozen Saints encouraging medieval reactions to any cross species dalliances BUT they're not too worried about it bc like that would happen anyway everyone knows they should be killing the dragons bc dragonsSo Seraphina lives a solitary existence in constant fear of discoveryThat sounds rather morose doesn't it?Without undermining the relevant points being made I will tell you that it absolutely isn't In fact it's uietly hilarious When Seraphina begins coming into her half dragon ness as a preteen she begins to have seizures brought on by strange visions of even stranger creatures she's never seen before He uncle on the dragon or saar side asks that her father hand over the reins of her education To you sneered my father And what will you do with her? She can't go two hours without these infernal visions giving her seizuresWe could work on that to start We saar have techniues for taming a rebellious brain Orma tapped his own forehead and then tapped it again as if the sensation intrigued himWhy had it never struck me how deeply peculiar he was? And once he has those reins He answered even my most impudent uestions Yes dragons could smell colors under the right circumstances Yes it was a terrible idea to transform into a saarantras right after eating an aurochs AUROCHS Saarantras is a dragon's human form so you can see why it would be a bad idea to downsize so dramatically after aurochs consumption snortsStuff like this is also why I believe in dragons fyi I mean really a dragon is basically a winged dinosaur That may or may not have breathed fire not exactly a huge stretch So the plot is fantastic What about the characters? ALSO fantasticMy favorite after Seraphina herself is Lars a blond giant a foreigner and a fellow musician I would love him for his not so vaguely German accent alone Lars glowered defensively as if he anticipated a scolding or a profession of love Yes that was it he thought I meant to proposition him He wore a closed expression as if rehearsing a speech in his head a way to let me down gently after I stripped off all my clothes Sorry Seraphina I dondt like grausleiner thet can put their voices in my headtOrma the dragon uncle is wonderful as well He gradually changes from the typical rude and insensitive dragon to a less rude and insensitive dragon snickers Both versions are highly entertaining “I’m attracting small children” Orma muttered twisting his hat in his hands “Shoo it away will you?” And when he allows himself to feel the things he's so long denied he is helpless to express them “Who will kiss you? Who will rock you to sleep? His voice was slow drowsyYou never did I said trying to tease him You were father to me than my father but you never did thatSomeone should Someone should love you I will bite him if he will not And finally the princess who is a bizarre yet winsome combination of oblivious and ridiculous Two Knights came to the castle today She could barely contain herself; her hands fluttered about like two excitable small birds They claim to have spotted a rogue dragon flying around the countryside in its natural shape Isn't that awful?Awful enough to have her grinning ear to ear She was a strange little princess While still somehow managing to be highly intelligent and on occasion even wiseUltimately Seraphina is one of those books that never really goes away Along with Poison Study it was one of the first YA fantasies that I read and loved as an adult so once again I was worried about whether or not it would live up to my memories I should not have been It was every bit as clever and amusing as pertinent and thought provoking and as lovely and bittersweet as I remembered Highly recommended

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    I hate it when I have the impression that I am reading a different book from other readers whose opinion I value Hate it But it happens and unfortunately it happened with this book I've read some really glowing reviews but alas I can't just partially share the love Objectively Seraphina meets all the reuirements to become the next epic fantasy series it has an original take on a fairly exploited theme dragons an amazing world building a well formed strong main character a 5 star worthy writing style But let's go in orderThe story is set in a world where two species exist dragons and humans Dragons powerful creatures mathematical minds able to take human form saarantrai to interact with people reject all emotions as weakness to the point of excising them from their brains Humans constrained in their fragile bodies fear dragons above all else and despise them even in their human form to the point of racial discrimination These two species have been at war with one another for the longest of times except for the past forty years when a rather unstable truce gave apparent peace to the world Now it's the time to renew the peace So dragons And humans And then there's Seraphina She is the unthinkable a half dragon It is imperative her identity remain a secret but when the Prince of Goredd is found brutally murdered and all fingers point to the dragons Seraphina becomes the unwilling protagonist of an investigation to unveil a plot that is threatening to jeopardize an already unstable peace and which will oblige her to face her most dreaded nightmare the truth about herself Sounds awesome doesn't it?Dragons that can take human form that speak their own language Mootya that are organized and regulated by an Ardmagar and a council of Censors I found it fascinating In fact the world building is extremely well developed and detailed To be honest I haven't read that many books about dragons and I'd say this is probably on the same level as Eon Dragoneye Reborn as far a world building goes Seraphina is an amazing character Caught in the middle between two worlds neither here nor there she has been taught to despise a part of herself to keep it secreted She lives a lie and will never be accepted by either worlds She is an abomination I loved her passion for music her witty personality her intelligence and self deprecating sense of humor I loved how she grows during the story how she comes to term with her feelings how lies do not belong to her but have only been inculcated in her how she is fundamentally honest Even the love story which could have been a potential love triangle comes out as believable growing and sweet Lucian is a bit too much the perfect guy for me too good through and through but still very likable I found much interesting a whole set of bizarre side characters Madame Okra Abdo Viridius Orma Basind They had me laughing most of the time and were truly what MADE this book for meHartman's writing is what I'd define sophisticated and recherché I had to look up a fair amount of words my favorite probably being houppelande There are no doubts about the uality of her writing and truly there isn't much to say about itBut I have to defend my 3 stars I'll sum it up in one word pacingDespite the fantastic world building the amazing characters and the luscious writing I had such a hard time getting through this book I considered abandoning it on than one occasion The uantity of information to take in in the first say 150 pages of the book is massive and not always explained in a way to make it crystal clear Some things are just thrown there and then explained 50 pages later There's a whole universe of saints to digest that really were they necessary? And there is barely any action up until I marked it page 168To be honest too slow for me sometimes it really could not keep my attentionI had a hard time wrapping my head around Seraphina's garden and her grotesues I felt the need for a bit physical descriptions of the uigutl for example and a MAP I really really wanted to see a map How is this world? Where is the Tanamoot? How many other kingdoms are there and where are they in respect to Goredd? So three stars I enjoyed it because I was stubborn and kept reading and was finally rewarded in the second part but I'm not sure everybody would get through those first 100 and odd pages Or maybe it's just me other readers seem to adore itI'm looking forward to seeing the cover for it and I will surely pick up the seuel to this adventure with dragons hoping that with the infodump out of the way I will find it a bit fast paced Find this review and and at The Nocturnal Library

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    I wanted to love this book becausedragons It's not a bad book and it's well written I just don't think high fantasy may be one of the genre's that I can really get into Too many weird words and names I mean Orma and Okra? I tend to be a lazy reader and if I have to work for it by remembering odd words and names I get to where I just want to put the book down and grab another My little reuesting finger reuested the second book in this series from Netgalley and it sounded so good and the ratings for this one are through the roofso what did I do? End up not caring much for the book I'm sorry all you Seraphina lovers I'm shelving it for now and I may try it again later