[Review] Seraphina

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Title: Seraphina
Series: Seraphina #1
Author: Rachel Hartman
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: July 1, 2012
Source: Purchased at Barnes & Noble

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Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

Every time I made a trip to Barnes in Noble in search for more books to pile onto my rapidly growing tbr tower, I would pass this book and contemplate buying it before moving on without it to look for something else. With my passionate love for stories with dragons, I'm honestly surprised I didn't pick this up sooner considering the plot.

Seraphina is a great character. She's well-rounded, believable, and easy enough to imagine as you read the story. She's strong-willed and doesn't let the obstacles in her life keep her down. As for Kiggs, he's also a pretty likeable character and Seraphina's match. They're both smart and quick thinkers, making it difficult for Seraphina to hide the truth from him.

The plot was interesting enough but the massive amount of information thrown at you within the story made it hard to move forward without having to take a few breaks to rest my weary mind. When it comes to worlds that are much different than ours, I see the necessity of throwing enough information to give us enough details about the world, especially in the first book of a series, but it felt like a bit too much at once and that really impacted the way I felt about the story.

While the story itself is interesting and well thought out with the believable and likable characters, the info dump made it hard to read for long periods of time without my brain and eyes getting tired. Despite that fact, I am going to continue the series because I'm looking forward to seeing where Ms. Hartman is going to be taking us, where Seraphina will go, and how the war will end if there is going to be one.

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