Monday, March 25, 2013
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dragons and humans have maintained a fragile peace for years, but the murder of a human prince and the arrival of a dragon ambassador threatens everything--and court musician Seraphina, desperate to protect her own secrets, is caught in the middle.
Hartman's vivid writing evokes the strange beauty of Seraphina's medieval world, where dragons take human shape and live among the fearful and distrusting human population.The characters (draconian and homo sapien) feel like real people, and Seraphina herself is every bit as smart and courageous as a heroine should be. I found the main love story aspect truly romantic because I admired both of the characters and liked their chemistry.
Hartman breathes new life into the medieval/dragon fantasy tales: this is not your typical dragon story. Language lovers should definitely read Seraphina, and might also try Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series as well as Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels.