Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (2012)

I cannot perch among those who think that I am broken.

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. (Author’s website)

  1. Seraphina, an amazing debut novel, is an intelligent and complex fantasy with intriguing characters. Although lengthy, this action packed novel and its shape-shifting dragons move the reader along from page to page.

  2. I loved this book. I didn’t realize there was a glossary at the end of the book until after I had finished it. It would have been helpful as I read along as some words were made up by the author. I was afraid that a female half-dragon might not appeal to some of the guys who read medieval fantasy. I liked how the creatures in Seraphina’s mind actually existed outside of it.There was also a lot of music content in this book which might appeal to other readers.

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