Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: July 2012
Series: Seraphina, Book 1
Humans and dragons still don't trust one another, despite the centuries of peace that have existed between them. And then it seems that whoever is behind a mysterious murder and conspiracy plot is determined to break that tenuous peace. Seraphina, caught between both worlds, finds herself caught up in this plot and wondering just how she can bring back the peace.
Things I Liked:
This was a fantastic and beautifully written fantasy! I loved Seraphina (the character) and how complicated and tough and never-give-up she was about her difficult life. I was swept up in the world and the details - the garden of grotesques was particularly awesome. The dragons were interesting and unique and a fresh look at an age-old fantasy character. I was particularly pleased that Princess Glisselda didn't turn out to be a typical princess - bratty, rude, etc, though she was obviously privileged. I don't know that I can put my finger on what exactly I loved the most, though I was quite pleased with the ending too. Just a wonderful fantasy for folks looking for something to whet their appetite for the fantastic.
Things I Didn't Like:
This is entirely the fault of my personal reading circumstances, but I had to rush through parts of it and I think that left me feeling like I wasn't quite sure of what was happening at times. Also, while I loved the mystery of it and was surprised by several things, I did see much of what Seraphina learned coming. Still, it did not detract from my enjoyment much.
The Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini
Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
maybe some implied
a bit of fighting, nothing gory
Overall rating: ****
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