The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened .Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension.For Seraphina hides a secret the secret behind her musical gift and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger ....
|Publisher||:||RHCP Digital 19 Juli 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||570 Pages|
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What I really liked about Seraphina were the dragons. They felt fresh and well thought out, and I loved how they fit into the politics of the world Hartman created. Here dragons are a highly rational and a dangerous political force to be reckoned with, despised by humans yet powerful. The humans on the other hand are living in a society that is traversed by religious propaganda that antagonises against dragons while strongly believing in its moral superiority (I mean, duh, that’s what propaganda usually is). Being a dragon in human disguise or sympathising with dragons is a dangerous business in such a society.This well developed world was very intriguing, felt very lifelike and it was what really set this novel apart from other YA novels for me. It was innovative and did its own thing, really branching out into fantasy, not getting lost in hormonal side plots (although there is romance involved. It just does well at not becoming the main focus and only purpose of the heroine). The theme of music added another touch to the story.The main character Seraphina’s character development from a very cautious person to a more trusting and open one is mirrored in the tone of the narration, that starts out rather subdued, almost sinister to get more colourful yet never light when Seraphina meets and opens up to some people, interspersed with unexpected bursts of humour. Overall, the tone is rather on the serious side.I noticed that there seem to be many male characters, yet rather few females, although those females that do play a role were glorious badasses, definitely not on the submissive side and wonderfully developed characters. Overall, the character game is very strong in this one. I loved the relationships that developed and how quirky some characters were. You won’t find your typical YA stock characters, although some might be reminiscent of them but always with an additional particular touch to them that sets them apart and makes them original again. Even weeks after reading this book they are still alive in my memory and I want to know so much more about them and meet them all again in the next book.What irked me a bit was how trusting certain members of the royal family were towards Seraphina from the beginning of the book. It was never clear to me if they knew each other before, but it always seemed like Seraphina was new to the court and thus wouldn’t know the royal family. And I mean, the royals just had a family member killed and there they go trusting what I thought was a random stranger. When you read the prequel The Audition it becomes clear that at least some of these family members have known Seraphina for a while, thus maybe having the chance to build some trust and maintain it even after having a family member killed. Nevertheless, I always found it confusing how seemingly randomly they trusted the cautious Seraphina.Seraphina is the first book in what looks like it will be a duology. The second book Shadow Scale comes out 10 March 2015 and I will definitely be reading it. I need to have more of this world.
I liked it. And I would have liked it a lot. If the eye-roll-inducing girlyness in the second half had not put me off.
Diese Literatur in Englischer Sprache ist ein wunderbarer Lernsicherheit in Wort und Satz im Umgang mit der Englischen Sprache. Zugleich spannente Literatur
Fantasy, particularly dragon focused, is my personal favorite genre, but because I am a middle grades librarian, I am just now getting to Hartman's widely acclaimed book and I am glad I finally did. This was a great book with so many creative plot twists that I did not ever feel like I was reading a dragon book rehash. Seraphina, Orma, Kiggs, and Glisselda were four distinctly different main characters, each fully fleshed out and appealing with their own unique personality. The political and personal relationships were complex and seamlessly intertwined and I found myself sometimes skimming rather than reading because I wanted to hurry up and get to the next revelation in Seraphina's secret and action-filled life! Readers of fantasy who have not yet read this one should correct that as quickly as possible. However, keep a dictionary handy. Author Hartman not only makes up unusual names for people and places, but also uses extremely esoteric vocabulary. So much so that I frequently thought that she was making up names of musical instruments and such to add to the fictional country of Goredd since she did create a completely new religion, country/culture, and dragon-lore . I found myself using my dictionary app frequently and discovered that words like "merganser," "syrinx," "oud," "moraine," "sackbut," and "palimpsest" were in fact actual words, but I'm pretty sure that almost no one would know what they mean. For some, vocabulary such as this would be off-putting, especially since Hartman does not always do a great job of positioning these words in a context rich environment to allow for readers to determine the meaning. Professional book reviews place this book in the hands of older students, but with the absence of any profanity or significant sexual content, I would feel comfortable recommending this one to students in grades 7 and up who can handle the length and vocabulary. For full disclosure: The term "Daanite" is used in connection with two characters, but without much detail so many readers are likely to miss what this actually means about the pair.
As I wrote in my review of Tess of the Road, I was so enthusiastic about this universe, and writer that before I finished the book, I'd bought the first two in the series. I can report that the first of these, Seraphina, did not disappoint.We have a universe where humans and dragons co-exist. After a long history of warfare between them, there has been a treaty, and while each group remains ambivalent about the other, the peace has held for many years. And then the king's son is killed, and it looks as if a dragon did the deed, threatening the fragile peace.In the center of all this is Seraphina, a musician, tutor to Princess Glisselda, and a half-breed; half dragon, half human. Common knowledge says she should not exist, but Seraphina is never one to be led by what is supposed to happen. She's a fiercely independent woman, who keeps her secret almost more to protect her family than anything else since relations between humans and dragons are illegal. The dragons do not even speak Seraphina's mother's name, so enormous was her shame at marrying a human.This is a very different Seraphina from the one we meet in the book about Tess, because she is the point-of-view character, and not filtered through Tess' perceptions of her. She was a bit of a cypher in the later book, but here she is vivid and engaging. She's a woman who tries hard to do the right thing, but in the end she follows her instincts rather than the letter of the law. It doesn't always work out perfectly -- her heart leads her into some spectacular muddles -- but we're with her, wishing her well. And never once did I find myself yelling "Don't be so stupid!" at her, which is something I do far too often with protagonists.Hartman's writing is a delight. Not only can she tell a story, but her use of language is creative and often hilarious. When I met Lucian Kiggs, prince of Goredd and Seraphina's love interest, his surname made me giggle; it's not at all a romantic hero's name. And yet I think that may be one of the reasons why he is so named. Hartman likes to play against expectations. I also got a kick out of Dame Okra Carmine. Not that the names are over the top goofy. They just have enough humor threaded through them that the narrative never becomes histrionic. In fantasy that's a fine line, and I think Hartman walks it pretty well.I've already started the second book, and I look forward to watching Seraphina grow into all this amazing promise she holds. I want to see her relationships develop now that she is allowed to be who she is. I think she's going to crush it.
I am dumbfounded.This book has reminded me why my not-so-young adult anymore self hasn't given up on it. This book made me realize just how much I love young adult fiction, and books in general.Wow.Where do I begin? The beautiful writing? The exquisite food descriptions? The worldbuilding that completely swept me away, into a new world? The beautifully realized, complex characters? The pacing, which was breakneck from the beginning?(Also, since I bought it, there's a huge section of stuff that isn't in the hardcover edition! SCORE!)Anyway.Seraphina Dombegh loves music. So much so that she auditioned for assistant musical director, and got in. But our lovely, spunky heroine has a secret that could be the death of her: She's half dragon. And don't even get me started on The Garden of Grotesques. (You'll see when you read it.) When deaths begin to occur, on the very anniversary of the peace between the peoples of Gorredd and its scaly, reptilian counterparts, Seraphina begins to suspect that something is wrong. Forced to team up with members of the royal family, she discovers that the killings may jeopardize the peace that has surrounded the land these four decades.As I stated before, I loved this book. Probably everything about it. I am shamelessly fangirling and I am so HAPPY that I have Shadow Scale waiting for me on my Kindle Fire. The bottom line: A beautiful, gorgeous debut, Seraphina completely stole my heart. Next on deck: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman!