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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
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Jan 06, 2012

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bookshelves: netgalley, e-books, dragons, fantasy
Read from January 07 to 14, 2012

The story starts out about 40 years after an uneasy peace has been achieved between humans and dragons. There is still plenty of animosity on both sides. One of the Princes has just died in a suspiciously draconian manner, and the dragon leader is soon visiting to celebrate the anniversary of peace. The atmosphere is tense and conflict could easily break out again. Caught in the middle is Seraphina, who is half dragon. If her parentage is discovered it will cost her life. Her unique understanding of dragons ends up getting her involved in the investigation into the prince’s death. The Captain of the guard is very perceptive, and Seraphina has to work hard at keeping her secrets while helping him root out traitors who wish to end the peace.

Hartman has created a complex, detailed world. Her take on dragons was refreshingly unique. The differences between their cultures made for such believable difficulties. Seraphina was a great character. Her struggles to hide who she is, and her difficulty with her mixed heritage made for compelling reading. Really all of the characters were nicely developed. The plot is twisty and has several unexpected developments. The tension builds slowly until it’s hard to put the book down. A very promising debut, I look forward to seeing what she writes next.

Special thanks to Negalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

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