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Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  5,503 ratings  ·  1,311 reviews
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is on
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Random House Children's Books
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When it comes to Shadow Scale, I confess I remain conflicted. Hartman's highly anticipated sequel to Seraphina is the type of novel I've gone and pinned all my hopes and dreams on. I loved Seraphina like I've loved few other books when I first read it and its beauty never dwindled upon my multiple re-reads. Thus, I expected to adore Shadow Scale just as much as I loved its predecessor. Unfortunately, though Shadow Scale is a beautifully written sequel and a truly impeccable ending to this unexpe ...more
Finds out there's a sequel

But then see's publication date

Fluttershy Crying Gif

Is no longer happy

Apr 09, 2015 Melodramaticfool is currently reading it
Shelves: so-super-psyched


So long and boring, I thought it would never end. The only parts I somewhat enjoyed where when Seraphina was back in Goredd or when she was interacting with Comonot, Orma, Eskar or Glisselda. Everything else was utter rubbish.

-I wasn't impressed that most of the plot consisted of Seraphina travelling to different places so she could find other ityasaari (half-dragons). It was all very repetitive, Seraphina would go somewhere and search for her fellow half-dragons, she'd find them, then t
I was so sure this was going to be a 5 star read. I was so excited to start.

So what happened?

The kingdom of Goredd is heading towards war as they are caught in the middle of a conflict between Loyalist dragons who want to keep the peace with humans, and those that wish to go to destroy humans. Seraphina is sent on a quest to bring the other half-dragons called ityasaari together in defense of Goredd. Her travels bring out an old enemy, who has the ability to take over others' minds. Seraphina mu
Lisa Andres
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Mar 19, 2013 Madeline marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
When I realized that it was the sequel to Seraphina:

When I saw the date:
fat amy

Why do I have to wait so long?

Seriously how are you going to publish one book in 2012 and then the next two years after. That's not cool, not cool at all man! The suspense is absolutely killing me, when it comes out I might have forgotten important things about Seraphina and will have to skim through it again or something. I'm just, just:

UPDATE 4/30/13 has a title. How very interesting. Now I can look forward to the cover release, then finally the actual book!!!! *looks at release date, cries on the inside *
Steph Sinclair

Why, hello there, lovely. :D
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Shadow Scale is the long-awaited sequel to our beloved Seraphina, and it’s a worthy one. There’s no denying the value of Rachel Hartman’s prose, the vividness of her imagination, or the quality of her many characters. Shadow Scale may have been “a beast to write”, but the end result is a book the likes of which we rarely see.

That’s not to say that Shadow Scale is without its issues, but those only come to light when we isolate the book and judge it by much higher standards. When analyzed compar
Shortly following the events of Seraphina, Shadow Scale shows us a different side of the eponymous heroine. For the first time in her life, Seraphina is free. For the first time every, she’s free from the fear of hiding her half-dragon, half-human parentage, and lives as a valued, important, even loved member of Goredd’s court. Serving openly as a trusted adviser to Queen Glisselda, Seraphina helps Selda grapple with her new rulership in the midst of a draconian war that threatens the lives of a ...more
Mar 11, 2015 papalbina marked it as to-read
Shelves: in-english
Bookdepository and Amazon set the release date to April 22, 2014. 2014?? NOO!!!!

November 2013: New release date for April 2015? WHY??? T_____T

Tabitha (Pabkins)
Shadow Scale had a much more complex feel to it then the first book Seraphina. I personally consider these books to be adult fantasy with crossover young adult appeal. Not because they have adult content – they don’t. But because while Seraphina is young she is for all intents and purposes an adult. The first book was closer to being a YA novel with a simpler plot while Shadow Scale toed the line for me towards epic fantasy with its much slower build and deeper world building as well as a broade ...more
Praiz Sophyronja
*I've read Seraphina numerous times before, and I really hope this will be a decent sequel. I admit I do have high expectations if the first book is anything to judge this one by... But I really hope Hartman continued writing as incredibly as she did in the first book!!!*
Oh hey! Haven't written a review in some time, so bear with whatever comes next. Also this is actually 3.5/5

I absolutely loved Seraphina. The writing was exquisite, the descriptions were captivating. I was almost immediately transported into a very well constructed and intricate world. The characters were unique, and intelligent. The relationships were very compelling, especially the Seraphina-Orma one.

All of these things can be said again for Shadow Scale. In fact with Seraphina traveling in th
What happened? I loved Seraphina. I gave it 5 stars. But Shadow Scale has left me so bitterly disappointed I could cry. All the things I loved about the first book were gone in this one.

This book was so slow, and so long and just dull. It was hard to get through, and it took me forever to read it. Seraphina was slow paced as well, but it wasn't dull.

In this book Seraphina spends the whole book blaming herself for things that aren't her fault and not doing what needs to be done. She was very mu
I was snooping around Ms Hartman's blog hoping to find some awesome stuff and my efforts paid off. LOOK WHAT I UNCOVERED. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.


Hello?! I need dragons in my life!

I know that Seraphina didn't end on a cliffhanger but still, I was totally expecting a 2013 release date for the second, only to find out that it's going to be released next year.
Oh well, I guess I can wait if the second is going to be every bit as epic as the first (or even better!). I'm also really digging the na
Prev: Wait, now it's 2015?! *cries*

Then: Obviously I was going to love this. OBVIOUSLY.

Review to come.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue, where for a limited time, you can enter to win a copy!

Considering it had been nearly three years since I first read Seraphina, I decided a re-read -- or re-listen, in my case -- was necessary. It's amazing how much you can forget in that length of time and yet still remember just how much you enjoyed the story the first time you experienced it. However, once
Aug 02, 2015 Raph marked it as to-read
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2.5 Stars

Gosh, I don't even know how to begin to review this one!

Shadow Scale is a really difficult one to review for me. I am rather heartsore for two reasons:I had huge expectations and somehow they were not met, the other being that this is a well written book, but if you take a look at my rating, I didn't much enjoy it.
I adore Seraphina. I couldn't wait for it's sequel, I was convinced that there was no way that I wouldn't like it. But sadly though, I don't loath it, it just didn't w
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I have to admit I went into Shadow Scale with no small amount of trepidation; from the ratings I’ve seen around the blogosphere, it seemed like most readers either loved it or hated it. I very rarely find myself skewing one way or the other though, so I wasn’t surprised when I finished this book and found my feelings lying somewhere in the middle. In other words, it wasn’t too bad. At the same time, it’s far from what I
FIRST THOUGHTS: I love that Hartman expanded this world, allowing Seraphina to tread a dangerous, exploratory path. There is a lot that happens in this book, and it all ends with a satisfactory conclusion. However, it did have a pattern of alternating between engaging and... Less engaging, which made it flow a little less smoothly as a reading experience. Still a good story though.


(Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

It was a true pleasure to be able to go into Shadow Scale right after
With its logic-driven shape-shifting dragons, arcane saint-filled religion, and music permeated, culturally rich, Medieval-like setting, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is easily of my favorite books of all time. I love its sequel, Shadow Scale, almost as much.

The world building continues to be among the most wonderful I’ve encountered. In Shadow Scale, Seraphina is on a quest to collect other half human/half dragons like herself, which takes her away from her homeland of Goredd and into the surroun
[edit March 5, 2015] Rachel Hartman confirms on her blog there will be more books/stories that are set in Goredd, YAY :D It's not over yet! (But I am not yet retracting my letter at the end of this review, hah)


Let me begin by saying: Shadow Scale, the second and final book in the Seraphina duology, was my most anticipated read of 2015. I absolutely adored Seraphina and I kid you not if I say I pre-ordered Shadow Scale back in 2013.

And now I finished Shadow Scale and oh, Rachel Hartman is a c

Ugh! I tried, I really did, but eventually I had to just accept this for what it was. Complete and utter trash. The plot, the characters, the writing, were all tedious and dumb. It just got to a point where I was asking myself why I was putting myself through this hell.

I wasnt very impressed with the first book, but I figured it was adequate for kids. However after being unable to even finish this sequel and reading reviews about what does happen in the book, I am very glad that I didn't try to
Beatriz  Lins
Jan 15, 2015 Beatriz Lins marked it as to-read
Shelves: july-13, 2015-stars
I won't even try to pronounce that title.

3.5 (maybe 3.75?)

“I do what I have always done. I reach across and bring the worlds together.”

Well...after waiting 3 years for it I though it would be better.

When I read Seraphina, almost 3 years ago, I fell in love with Hartman's writing and ideas. It was the first book about dragons that I actually enjoyed and I was extremely excited for this sequel. Then the release date was pushed back. Once, twice, three times. I was quite bothered by this, but the only thing I could was wait patiently and
Eliza Crewe
DNF at 70%. Beautiful writing but it's just so slow. When I stop looking forward to reading time, it's time to pick up something else.
After the events of Book 1, war looms on the horizon. Seraphina learns of a skill that can be employed by the ityasaari (half human, half dragon) to defend Goredd from the dragons who are determined to take back their hunting grounds. She sets out in search of her fellow ityasaari, but trouble is dogging her every step of the way.

I was expecting a lot from this book. I enjoyed Seraphina (book 1) and was kind of expecting something similar. I really wanted Seraphina to join with the other ityasa
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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
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