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Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed.  Rachel Hartman's award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you've never imagined them before...
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.
"Will appeal to both fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon series and Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown ." -- Entertainment Weekly

"[A] lush, intricately plotted fantasy." -- The Washington Post

"Beautifully written. Some of the most interesting dragons I've read."
--Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780375866562
Branch Call Number: YA HARTMAN
Characteristics: 465 pages ; 22 cm.


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LPL_KateG Mar 05, 2018

I listened to the audiobook version of Seraphina for the Book Squad Goals challenge - "Read a book about a mythical creature." This was such a sweet book with interesting characters and an imaginative story-line.

Are you just as obsessed with dragons as Hagrid and Charlie? If so, then this book is a MUST read. The world this novel is set in has dragons that can masquerade as humans, and dragons and humans living and working side-by-side.

Like Adelina in the beginning of The Young Elites, Seraphina is an outsider and has a secret. She is half dragon and, like Adelina, discovers that she might not be the only one who possesses this distinction. Harman's extremely complex world building and hints of romance will satisfy Lu's fans. I... Read More »

This Morris Award winner full of shapeshifting dragons and musicians with intricate world-building is a great fantasy read.

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LPL_KateG Mar 05, 2018

I listened to the audiobook version of Seraphina for the Book Squad Goals challenge - "Read a book about a mythical creature." This was such a sweet book with interesting characters and an imaginative story-line.

SamanthaE_KCMO Dec 30, 2017

Seraphina offers a unique take on the dragon genre. In Rachel Hartman's fantasy series, dragons have the ability to transform their giant scaly bodies into human form, where they can walk, talk and interact with the humans of Goredd as scholars and doctors. A tenuous peace between the dragons and humans has been maintained for last 40 years. But despite the peace, Seraphina still must hide who she is. As half dragon-half human her very existence is a danger to herself and her family as interbreeding between humans and dragons is taboo to the point of heresy. But as turmoil draws near and enemies on both sides of the fight threaten to overturn the peace, Seraphina may be the only one who can understand both sides and bring them together.

Serephina is a practical and clever character with an incredible music ability. Her dark secret causes her to maintain a low-profile while living in the Queen's court, acting as a musician's assistant and providing lessons to the Princess. However, as events transpire, Seraphina is forced to slowly enter the spotlight to protect the people, and dragons, that she loves.

Recommended to lovers of fantasy, steam-punk, and strong female characters.

cassgram Jul 16, 2017

A strong YA book. I love that the dragon lore is unique and how music is used in this story. Though I was able to figure out the plot midway through I still enjoyed the progression of the story. There is a typical romance element as in most YA fiction but the story still moves along and you get a nice surprise at towards the end.

SnoIsleLib_JenniferK Jun 27, 2017

I loved this lyrical novel about humans, dragons, and one unique heroine.

cmlibrary_lmansfield May 28, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into the kingdom of Goredd for a few days while I read this book. Hartman uses fanciful yet very relatable language to tell the story of Seraphina, a uniquely talented human/dragon girl who sets off on a quest to solve a murder while protecting her friends and learning about herself. Well-developed characters, including the heroine and a cast of loveable misfits, drew me in and kept me reading. The pop of romance complemented, but did not overshadow the main storyline. I would recommend this to any teenager or adult interested in fantasy.

Feb 12, 2017

Hartman presents us with a world where dragons and humans have been at war with each other for a long time. In the novel, the two have enjoyed 40 years of peace, but some would prefer war. Dragons can take human shape and act as ambassadors in the human court. The protagonist, Seraphina has a very dangerous secret – she is half-human half-dragon, which is something both dragons and humans forbid. I loved Hartman’s take on dragons – very logic-based, mathematical beings who don’t believe in emotions like love. It can actually be very deadly for a dragon to feel love. I also loved that Hartman gave Seraphina a gift for music and had her join the court – probably the worst place for a half-human half-dragon to be. Be sure to check out this fascinating take on dragons and its sequel Shadow Scale.

Jul 20, 2016

Amazing work of art, a must read!

Apr 09, 2016

This book is for people who like dragons... I know me myself love dragons so that's why i picked this book up. Its a wonderful tale of dragons and humans!

Nov 20, 2015

A wonderfully told story that compares something many experience to ones others don't. Looking forward to the second book in the series.

mvkramer Oct 13, 2015

Imagine a world where dragons can masquerade as human beings - a world where a forty-year peace may be on the edge of breaking out into war, and a young court musician named Seraphina finds herself at the center of everything. This book was slower-moving than other things I've been reading lately, but it was still extremely compelling. I loved the sheer amount of detail the writer infuses into the world; you will feel immersed in a Medieval court! I also really liked Seraphina as a character. She was very strong without having to be an "action girl." If you like character-driven stories, Medieval fantasy, and political scheming in exotic settings, this is the book for you!

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May 31, 2016

The music flew from me like a dove released into the vastness of the nave; the cathedral itself lent it new richness and gave something back, as if this glorious edifice, too, were my instrument.

KaiaWillow Jul 27, 2014

The future would come, full of war and uncertainty, but I would not be facing it alone.

May 25, 2014

“Sometimes the truth has difficulty breaching the city walls of our beliefs. A lie, dressed in the correct livery, passes through more easily.”

May 25, 2014

“We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.”


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May 25, 2014

In a world where dragons roam and walk amongst humans, in human form called saarantras. In such a world where dragons can go unnoticed, and still harbor such awesome powers, tensions between dragons and humans rise as the fortieth anniversary of their great treaty approaches.

Oct 11, 2012



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