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A Novel

Hartman, Rachel, 1972-

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375866562
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 465 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 15, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_MarthaW rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don't know how I missed this one when it was first released, but this was great. It has got to be one of the best examples of world-building in a fantasy book that I've ever read--everything feels simultaneously fresh and new, and yet also totally familiar, as if this world really existed. So impressive. Furthermore, it's a take on dragons and dragon-lore unlike anything I've ever read before, and the heroine, Seraphina, is smart, and real, and so, so great. The very subtle romantic subplot is handled with a deft touch, too, and every word in this book feels like it was chosen with care. Wonderful.

Jan 28, 2015
  • Kereesa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Slow to get into, but absolutely wonderfully. One of the best examples of world building I've ever had the pleasure of diving into.

Jan 20, 2015
  • staceyb123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! I can't wait to read the second one!

Aug 09, 2014
  • FantasyFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely fabulous, unique, and well written novel. Although it is a teen novel, adults will definitely enjoy it as well (I certainly did)! I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy.

Jul 24, 2014
  • Pinkirishrose rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really awesome book! It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, I could not stop reading. I like the dragons in this book, because they're so different from dragons in other books, and they also made Goredd a really interesting kingdom. It is written in a way that you feel as if you are there with the characters, which definitely added to the amazingness of this book. Seraphina is amazing, and is one of my favourite main characters I've read about in a while.

Jul 06, 2014
  • LorientFaradayMaurice rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

(Christine -- It is evidently named Shadow Scale -- March 10th 2015 is the alledged publication date! The link: . I am eagerly looking forwards to it!!)

Initially I detested Seraphina, as a twelve-year-old newly reading Young Adult. A word to the wise, there are too many swears and too much innuendo for a new reader of the Young Adult genre! However, 'tis easy to ignore.

Now some time later, I find myself loving it; wondering how a book which I previously hated could have such jurisdiction of my emotions (I teared up and smiled more than once); and delighted in the rich world and complex characters. And therein lies a fault: It is a little too rich. Rich to the point of abject confusion!
If one pays attention, it is no great disaster....

Essentially it is heartwrenching, complicated, deep, emotional, many more things AND entirely unique. Plus it has approx. sixty characters.

Where's the second one? There are many hints to one..... A good book, a bit slow in the beginning though.

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A talented story, which I really enjoyed it.

Apr 03, 2014
  • fantasy8dreamer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a book that I was really looking forward to and I enjoyed reading it. This is a wonderful book, but it did start off a little slow. It puts a new twist on dragons and shows us that telling the truth is hard but worth it.

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May 25, 2014
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Jun 03, 2013
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May 10, 2013
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Jul 27, 2014
  • KaiaWillow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The future would come, full of war and uncertainty, but I would not be facing it alone.

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Sometimes the truth has difficulty breaching the city walls of our beliefs. A lie, dressed in the correct livery, passes through more easily.”

May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.”


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May 25, 2014
  • omdarbandi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In a world where dragons roam and walk amongst humans, in human form called saarantras. In such a world where dragons can go unnoticed, and still harbor such awesome powers, tensions between dragons and humans rise as the fortieth anniversary of their great treaty approaches.

Oct 11, 2012
  • GtotheSS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.



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