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Rachel Hartman

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About this author

Rachel Hartman lives and writes in Vancouver, BC.

Her first YA fantasy novel, Seraphina, was published by Random House on July 10th, 2012. Here are some things that are already being said about Seraphina by some fabulous authors:

“A book worth hoarding, as glittering and silver-bright as dragon scales, with a heroine who insists on carving herself a place in your mind.” — Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author of the Temeraire series.

“Seraphina is strong, complex, talented — she makes mistakes and struggles to trust, with good reason, and she fights to survive in a world that would tear her apart. I love this book!” — Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author.

“Just when you thought there was nothing new to say about dragons, it

This time from Ursula K. Le Guin, an interview at Interview.

If it’s tl;dr here’s my favourite quote:

There’s always room for another story. There’s always room for another tune, right? Nobody can write too many tunes. So if you have stories to tell and can tell them competently, then somebody will want to hear it if you tell it well at all. To believe that there is somebody who wants to hear...

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Average rating: 3.98 · 53,898 ratings · 7,578 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
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Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
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“The world inside myself is vaster and richer than this paltry plane, peopled with mere galaxies and gods.”
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Here are the top contenders from our very scientific write-in votes!

You may only vote for ONE book to rule them all! Who do you think will take the Printz?

Polls are open until January 26th! Read on!

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  6 votes 7.7%

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (12 votes)
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  5 votes 6.4%

Every Day by David Levithan (14 votes)
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The Diviners by Libba Bray (7 votes)
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“Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
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“It's the stupid questions that have some of the most surprising and interesting answers. Most people never think to ask the stupid questions.”
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“He hated it when adults told him he only felt the way he did because he was young. As if being young was like being insane or drunk, like the convictions he held were hallucinations caused by a mental illness that could only be cured by waiting five years.”
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message 47: by Annisa (last edited Sep 01, 2014 05:31AM)

Annisa Purbosari Thank you for accepting me as your friend. I really love your writing,"Seraphina" and I really really wish the sequel will come sooner than March 2015.. I've waited it for years... T_T
anyway,, you're awesome!!:)

message 46: by Teresa

Teresa Jackson Hi Rachel - What a nice surprise to receive your friend invite. I love your writing! I loved "Seraphina," and I look forward to reading "Shadow Scale."

Skittles (Skyla) I just notice book 2 of Seraphina changed names. I like the new name =)

Skittles (Skyla) I see you book is a finalist for the Governor General Awards (according to Chapters anyways) congrats. I am crossing my fingers you win <3

message 43: by Angela

Angela I just finished reading Seraphina this morning and I just had to let you know how much I loved it! I'll admit I was worried about reading it due to all the gushing reviews from fellow GR friends which is why I delayed in starting it but now I realise my mistake.
I eagerly await the sequel.

Tatiyana White Hi Rachel! Thanks for the add acceptance :) I look forward to talking books with you often! -T.

P.S. Just finished Seraphina a few hours ago and I'm absolutely enthralled with your writing! Anxiously awaiting the second installment!

message 41: by Jim

Jim Hey, Rachel! I love your dream with Catie, and me serving cookies! You are both invited to come up and visit anytime, assuming that either of you ever has the time.:)

But no shoveling the driveway, okay? It would take the three of us a couple days to do that job.

Congrats on your success! It couldn't happen to a more deserving author or person. Let's all have a cookie! Or two.:)

The Holy Terror : )

So, I'm your 200th friend and your book was my 200th review.


message 39: by Lissa

Lissa Depends where you live. People seem to know everyone in their own state.

message 38: by Lissa

Lissa So today we saw Seraphina in the bookstore and the Australian cover is SO GORGEOUS!

Of course we bought a copy right away.


Skittles (Skyla) No worries =)

Skittles (Skyla) Just wanted to say congrats on being a featured author on Chapters.indigo.ca's teen book website =)


message 35: by Jim

Jim Rachel wrote: "I noticed you liking some House of the Scorpion reviews, and I was all, "Hey, why didn't he like mine?" Oh, because I didn't write one! It's been a long time since I read that book, but I think you'd love it. It basically asks the question "Is evil hereditary?" I loooooved it so much. "

Well of course I would have liked your review if you had written one!! I was just moving down the line of friends' reviews - I think after seeing a comment about the book by Catie.

Thanks for writing a personal review and rec just for me! I already have the sample and your praise gets me even more interested in it. It sounds great!

Getting more and more excited about your book, Rachel!!

message 34: by karen

karen that is a good motto. mine is, "if it doesn't move, it's food."

this is a bad motto. i should think it through before i make it official.. i was too enthusiastic. oh, dear - that stapler isn't moving....

message 33: by karen

karen ooh, it is this thai restaurant near my house..... soo good. i do a weekly "adventures in food and fun" thingie on here in my writing section. you can see the actual food there and continue to be jealous. i love food. and fun.

message 32: by Elena

Elena Of course we're friends! Any friend of Ista's is a friend of mine. ;)

I'm looking forward to reading Seraphina too--it was already on my TBR list!

message 31: by Vinaya

Vinaya Did the blog load? Maybe you are too magical for the unicorn! :O

Skittles (Skyla) I so thought we were friends already, I see you everywhere on here so I just assumed =)

Thanks for the invite =)

Cassi aka Snow White Haggard It was worth the late night! Glad you're raising him right--to bleed blue!

Cassi aka Snow White Haggard WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Number 8 is officially hanging in Rupp. Need to find a way to see it ASAP. Sounds like thousands of people celebrated today. I wanted to go to Rupp but the tickets sold out too quickly.

Cassi aka Snow White Haggard Thanks! Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. Bleeding blue knows no bounds (international lines or otherwise). I'm so excited it's hard to actually focus on anything this evening.

message 26: by Bry

Bry Thanks for accepting my friend request. I just finished Seraphina and I absolutely adored it. It is now one of my favorite books, and I cannot wait to reread it and others!

Thank you for a beautiful and thrilling escape into Phina's world!

Michelle Thank you so much for the friend request. (I am so much in awe of you after reading Seraphina that I would have just followed you in perpetuity rather than friending you!)

message 24: by M.T.

M.T. Acquaire Hi Rachel! Thank you for accepting our friend request :)

Stephanie Hi Rachel! I picked up Seraphina this weekend at ALA midwinter and I can't tell you how excited I am to read it!

Wendy Darling Hey Rachel, thanks for the friendvite! I'm glad to be in touch on a more regular basis. And if you start throwing your weight around when your book comes out, I'm sewing that shadow right back onto you with the biggest needle I can find.

Veronica Morfi Thanks for accepting my friend request. I loved your book and can't wait for the next one, even if this one is not out yet! Heraklion is not my hometown, but I've been living here for five years now and I love it, even though I hate seafood, can't really eat anything from the sea...:P

message 20: by Lisa

Lisa Thanks for accepting my friend request. I've enjoyed your reviews for a while and I'm looking forward to reading Seraphina when I can get my hands on it. :)

message 19: by Angela

Angela thanks for accepting friend request.

message 18: by Lissa

Lissa Thanks for the friend request. I'm so flattered. I've seen people getting really excited for Seraphina and sometimes I get intimidated about approaching GR friends because I'm actually rather shy.

I must admit I've never read any Terry Pratchett. I don't necessarily have anything against him, there's just always other books I want to read first >.< I'll keep Tiffany Aching in mind, though. I'm always on the hunt for strong heroines.

message 17: by Vinaya

Vinaya COVERRRR! You has a COVER! And it's AWESOME! Yayyy. Also, where's my copy, huh? Where?

message 16: by Beth

Beth Thanks for the add. And can't wait for Seraphina. :)

Elizabeth May WHOA. I just realized you got an author blurb from Tamora Pierce. ENVY!

message 14: by Catie

Catie Thanks so much for the request, Rachel. I'm glad that you decided to come back to goodreads. I enjoyed reading your book so much; I think that Stephanie and I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel! Best of luck on your debut!

message 13: by Rachel

Rachel Hartman Moorchild wrote: "Rachel! Are you doing Nanowrimo this year?"

Y'know what, you twisted my arm (that was hard, wasn't it?). I'm already 30K words into it, but I think I can use this to track my continued progress and give myself a kick in the pants, which I seem to need. My handle is amyunbounded.

message 12: by Rachel

Rachel Hartman Kat wrote: "Saw your book on Netgalley! Good luck, Rachel! If anyone deserves to be published, successfully and kicking the literature world's ass - it's you!"

Aw, thanks! I shall endeavour to kick the world's ass to the best of my ability. Er, the literature world's ass, that is. Maybe both, if I have time.

Kat Kennedy Saw your book on Netgalley! Good luck, Rachel! If anyone deserves to be published, successfully and kicking the literature world's ass - it's you!

message 10: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Rachel wrote: "Stephanie wrote: "Hey Rachel. I just saw a certain book on NetGalley and just had to request it! ;)"

Is it on NetGalley? Cool! Sorry it doesn't have a proper cover yet!"

Yup, it was a nice surprise to see it. Hopefully they will accept me. :)

Rachel Hartman Stephanie wrote: "Hey Rachel. I just saw a certain book on NetGalley and just had to request it! ;)"

Is it on NetGalley? Cool! Sorry it doesn't have a proper cover yet!

message 8: by Steph

Steph Sinclair Hey Rachel. I just saw a certain book on NetGalley and just had to request it! ;)

message 7: by AH

AH Thanks for the friend invite. Soggy diaspora - I'll have to remember that. What I miss the most are the beaches, especially when the tides are out.

message 6: by Lucy

Lucy Thank you for the friend request. Note to self, milk and bread doesn't work on trolls, but it does work for new GR friends.

message 5: by Eve

Eve Davids Lol, thanks so much for the add Rachel.

Rachel Hartman Moorchild wrote: "Rachel wrote: Howdy! I agree that the Pacific Northwest is a particularly apropos place for hunting undead!"

I see you're from BC! I am actually very close to you, right now, in Port Townsend. Hul..."

LOL. This is something we talk about CONSTANTLY at the dinner table. My seven-year-old thinks he's part of the Lesser Undead Fighters' Association of Greater Vancouver, and he tells me all these zombie-fighting adventures he has at night. Also: famous Canadian painter Emily Carr is apparently also undead, and very hard to catch. Who knew?

Rachel Hartman Moorchild wrote: "Hello, Rachel! Nice to meet you! :D"

Howdy! I agree that the Pacific Northwest is a particularly apropos place for hunting undead!

Rachel Hartman Vinaya wrote: "Yay! I was going to send you a request, but you beat me to it! I tend to dither over these things... Btw, the green worm is supposed to be a book worm. I'm not sure how physiologically accurate it ..."

I've never seen a real live bookworm, I have to admit. I've seen the holes they leave, which are kind of cool looking, if creepy. Anyway, thanks for accepting!

Vinaya Yay! I was going to send you a request, but you beat me to it! I tend to dither over these things... Btw, the green worm is supposed to be a book worm. I'm not sure how physiologically accurate it is, but I thought it was cute!

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