Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)
Author: Rachel Hartman
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Page Number: 482
Source: Barnes and Noble Nook Store
In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer. The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being. When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.
2 out of 5 stars
In the kingdom of Goredd humans and dragons live in peace. All get along due to a treaty stating that the dragons are allowed to live there as long as there weren’t any major problems. The main character, Seraphina, obeys these rules as a human, but has a huge secret to keep. She is the child of a human and a dragon. The skilled musician woks under the music master and helps to organize banquets and things of that nature for the Royal Court. The most important banquet in her life gets postponed suddenly when a member of the Royal Court shows up decapitated. Seraphina wants to help find out why the man was brutally murdered, so she teams up with the Queen’s Guard to help find out. Why does she think she can help? She can see others like her (half-breeds) in her mind. Her teacher, Orma, is a dragon who has started to love her in a fatherly way. He helps her along the way with the whole endeavor. Prince Lucian Kiggs, part of the Royal Guard accompanies her to find the reason his relative was murdered, and some romance starts to brew between the maid and prince. Why is Seraphina so special? Is there a reason she’s musically gifted? I had a lot of problems with this book. Nothing seemed to be happening, but everything was happening all at once. This book could have easily been half the length. There were so many characters with such similar, or even two, names. There was kind of no plot, and the romance was very cheesy. I really struggled to find the time to want to pick this book up.
Ahh. I don’t even know where to start with the characters because there were so many. Seraphina, Lucian Kiggs, and Orma were the main characters, but there were so many side characters. Lucian Kiggs was my favorite character, because… love interest, but I did like Seraphina. There was a lot of character development, and that aspect of the book was really impressive and fun to read about. I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary things to just fill the space.
Who Would I Be?:
I would choose to be Seraphina because she was a really strong character to follow. She was brave and strong, but also vulnerable at the same time. Even though the romance wasn’t executed well, she and Kiggs really were the perfect couple. I hope that the relationship continues to grow in Shadow Scale.
Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman