Seraphina is the winner of the 2013 Morris Award, which honors a debut book written for teens by a first-time author. I listened to the audiobook while driving back and forth to work, and I had to peel myself out of the car each time as I was so enchanted by the world created by author Rachel Hartman.
Seraphina is the assistant music director of the court in the medieval kingdom of Goredd. Though incredibly gifted musically, Seraphina does all she can to avoid the limelight, for she holds a secret that could prove deadly to her: she is half-dragon. In Goredd, dragons and humans have an uneasy truce which becomes more strained when a member of the royal family is murdered in a rather draconian fashion. Seraphina soon discovers a plot to create war between the species, and she must do all she can to expose the culprits who would destroy the peace.
The dragons in Seraphina's world can take on human form and are teachers and scholars, and Seraphina is taught by Orma on whom she strongly relies. The story is stellar in its treatment of Seraphina's struggle to accept herself as she grapples with human emotion and the logical and cold side of being half-dragon. The story is replete with action, intrigue of the court, a love interest, and, of course, dragons in this sumptuous fantasy world--highly recommended for teens and adults who love fantasy!
Check out the YALSA Blog The Hub for a more detailed review of Seraphina.
There is a sequel in the making, Drachomachia, which is currently scheduled to be released in February 2014--a definite on my "must read" list!
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