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Shadow Scale

(Seraphina #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  17,815 ratings  ·  2,709 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, 602 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Random House Children's Books
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Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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

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
Finds out there's a sequel

But then see's publication date

Fluttershy Crying Gif

Is no longer happy

Lisa Andres
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
Dec 11, 2012 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?
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: release-2014

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
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
Heidi The Reader
Seraphina is a half dragon/half human musician who, in the last book, was trying to hide her identity from those around her because, in this world where dragons are real, her existence was considered an abomination by religious authorities. How would a human and a dragon come together to make such a child, you ask? Dragons can take human form when they choose to, the trouble is that, they're not very human-like in their actions and behavior, even when they do. Dragons consider emotions to be ben ...more
Shortly after finishing Seraphina , Argona and I decided to read Shadow Scale. The first half of this book focuses on Seraphina and her search for her fellow ityasaari (human-dragon hybrids). It was interesting, but sadly that was as good as it got. We were then introduced to Jannoula, who is Seraphina's nemesis. That's around the time when things started to get a little dull. Towards the final 20%, things picked up and I had hope again. I even finished this book two days in advance out of sh ...more
Jul 27, 2012 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

Before reading this, I thought maybe all the low ratings were due to high expectations, and I lowered mine, telling myself that I didn't mind if Seraphina was traveling a lot - she would meet new people and learn new things. But that didn't help. I still found myself beginning to hate this book during the second half but didn't understand why.

I was still expecting a generally positive fantasy story with worthy characters, new and old friendships, knowledge gathered and used for good, self-disco
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"However strenuously the world pulls us apart, however long the absence, we are not changed for being dashed upon the rocks. I knew you then, I know you now, I shall know you again when you come home."

Like its predecessor Seraphina, Shadow Scale has some lovely lines in it. Hartman can clearly write. Unfortunately this book as a whole isn't nearly as satisfying as the first one in the duology.

Shadow Scale is very long, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but even with the extraordina
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*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!!!* ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-15
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
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
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
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
Prev: Wait, now it's 2015?! *cries*

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

Review to come.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mis, dragons
"Seraphina" was a very delightful read. After finishing "Shadow Scale", I felt like I have read a book from a totally different author. What happened? It was tedious to read and the ending frustrated me. Nothing is as disappointing to me in a book than a promising, engaging story ruined by an author who lacked the stamina, or imagination, to finish what they began. For anyone who remembers cassette players, it's like listening to a beautiful piece of music and just as you build to the climax, th ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it

Not often do I find myself with such widely different feelings about a book. 

Hartman's sequel to the excellent Seraphina was as exquisitly written, the language beautiful, and often of a lyrical quality. The plot and characters were however very different, and thus quite a shock. Had this novel been written on its own, I would have loved it, but as a sequel, it was very hard to get accustomed to (and to my shame I nearly stopped). The elements that I had so loved in the first book were not pr
[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
Jan 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
This was SO BORING.

Also, this book highlights how important pacing is, and the extent to which it influences the plot. Important events occur hundreds of pages apart while the plotline crawls between them. Toward the ending, when the pace picks up a bit, the contrast is so strong and the immediate effects following the causes so unexpected that the story begins to feel like a mass of strung-together coincidences.

The character development is nonexistent; Hartman seems to rely entirely on develop
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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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