Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Goodreads Summary : 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.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Seraphina is the perfect read for the fans of Cristopher Paolini and Gorge R. R. Martine. A perfect blend of high fantasy into dragon mythology. Setting in fictional kingdom called Goredd, the story waves how the peace of four decades between Dragons and Humans has been nearly broken when the crown prince found dead, and Dragons are the prime suspect for the murder. Seraphina is a gifted young musician who is half Dragon, and half Human, and her secrets are about to unravel when she has been dragged between the investigation to assist prince Lucian Kiggs, and soon she found her heart drawn to him. Fearing both humans and dragons, Seraphina must fight for her own secret, the secret behind her talent in music, and the discovery could destroy are carrier as well as threaten her own life.

I admit Rachel Hartman is a brilliant story weaver, and her art of storytelling is utterly classy. I loved the way she created the world of Goredd, the royal court and the blur parlor and the icy forest which nearly gave me creeps. The story was intricate and detailed, I never had problems in envisioning it. The main theme was the tangled mystery surrounding the murder, but also there was a promise of future romantic connection between Kiggs and Seraphina.

Seraphina was extremely talented girl with gift of spellbinding music. She was smart with lots of emotions and sometimes sarcastic and funny. I loved Kiggs, he was a real man with anger, feelings, and determination. Daring would be the word suits him well.

The book was a little bit confusing sometimes with all those visions and imaginary persons playing in Seraphina’s head, few of them were bit unnecessary. Other than that the book was flawless. It started in slow pace and moved with ease. I’m not much a fan of dragons but I did find myself every page of the book, and I will, personally be waiting for the sequel for sure

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