Seraphina

Seraphina

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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
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780375896583
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Half-dragon girl

Intriguingly, in this world, dragons can transform at will into the body of a human. Part human, part dragon, Seraphina must hide her heritage as the tenuous peace her country has with dragons seems likely to slip away as unknown elements are stirring up trouble that even Seraphina's music can't ... Read More »

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hlee02 Feb 01, 2013

Be patient; Hartman takes her time to get to the action, and in the end, not too much really HAPPENS. But the author does successfully create a rich world with complex, compelling characters—I'm still thinking about them a few books later.


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cassgram Jul 16, 2017

A strong YA book. I love that the dragon lore is unique and how music is used in this story. Though I was able to figure out the plot midway through I still enjoyed the progression of the story. There is a typical romance element as in most YA fiction but the story still moves along and you get a nice surprise at towards the end.

SnoIsleLib_JenniferK Jun 27, 2017

I loved this lyrical novel about humans, dragons, and one unique heroine.

cmlibrary_lmansfield May 28, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into the kingdom of Goredd for a few days while I read this book. Hartman uses fanciful yet very relatable language to tell the story of Seraphina, a uniquely talented human/dragon girl who sets off on a quest to solve a murder while protecting her friends and learning about herself. Well-developed characters, including the heroine and a cast of loveable misfits, drew me in and kept me reading. The pop of romance complemented, but did not overshadow the main storyline. I would recommend this to any teenager or adult interested in fantasy.

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akzfineart
Feb 12, 2017

Hartman presents us with a world where dragons and humans have been at war with each other for a long time. In the novel, the two have enjoyed 40 years of peace, but some would prefer war. Dragons can take human shape and act as ambassadors in the human court. The protagonist, Seraphina has a very dangerous secret – she is half-human half-dragon, which is something both dragons and humans forbid. I loved Hartman’s take on dragons – very logic-based, mathematical beings who don’t believe in emotions like love. It can actually be very deadly for a dragon to feel love. I also loved that Hartman gave Seraphina a gift for music and had her join the court – probably the worst place for a half-human half-dragon to be. Be sure to check out this fascinating take on dragons and its sequel Shadow Scale.

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embercascade
Jul 20, 2016

Amazing work of art, a must read!

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Wisdom5
Apr 09, 2016

This book is for people who like dragons... I know me myself love dragons so that's why i picked this book up. Its a wonderful tale of dragons and humans!

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tocch101
Nov 20, 2015

A wonderfully told story that compares something many experience to ones others don't. Looking forward to the second book in the series.

mvkramer Oct 13, 2015

Imagine a world where dragons can masquerade as human beings - a world where a forty-year peace may be on the edge of breaking out into war, and a young court musician named Seraphina finds herself at the center of everything. This book was slower-moving than other things I've been reading lately, but it was still extremely compelling. I loved the sheer amount of detail the writer infuses into the world; you will feel immersed in a Medieval court! I also really liked Seraphina as a character. She was very strong without having to be an "action girl." If you like character-driven stories, Medieval fantasy, and political scheming in exotic settings, this is the book for you!

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creative_nature
Sep 21, 2015

Wonderfully written book. The detail and the story plot makes a magnificent and magical story.

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MZajdlik1
Aug 04, 2015

This is an awesome twist on a classic dragon fiction story and I would totally recommend it to anyone who wants to read it.

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Oct 26, 2017

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May 25, 2014

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Katrina52
May 31, 2016

The music flew from me like a dove released into the vastness of the nave; the cathedral itself lent it new richness and gave something back, as if this glorious edifice, too, were my instrument.

KaiaWillow Jul 27, 2014

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

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

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

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

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

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omdarbandi
May 25, 2014

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.

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GtotheSS
Oct 11, 2012

Dragons!

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