Author: Rachel Hartman.
Expected publication: July 10th 2012.
Publisher: Random House Children's Books.
Sort: Stand alone.
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.
Rating:I really tried to love this one. The synopsis sounds great and I've read some positive reviews about this book. Unfortunately, there were to many things I didn't like.
The story tells about our heroin, Seraphina (nice name by the way). She is sixeen years old and lives in a world with humans and dragons. The dragons have the ability to transform their bodies into human forms, so they can walk amongst them. There was a war between humans and dragons them, but for forty years there has been peace, because they signed a treaty. They want to sign the treaty again, but a member of the royal family has been murdered and everything makes it appears to be the work of a dragon. Like: his head is missing and that’s significant for draconian fashion.
Seraphina comes in the middle of the investigation and she must assist Prince Lucian Kiggs to discover the murderer. There is only one problem: she is half human, half dragon. Her mother was a dragon and she must hide that part of herself before she and her father are killed. Humans are still not very fond of dragons and the times are very dangerous now.
Let me tell you about the things I liked.
Seraphina was a great character. She has a passion for music, she is intelligent and I loved her sense of humor. Her love story was very believable for me. It really developed and I could feel the connection between her and Lucian. There are a lot of other great characters. They were a bit bizarre and that makes them so wonderful. I especially liked Orma – but I wouldn’t want him to hear that if he was alive, because I think he would kill me for it. The world building was amazing. The fact that dragons can transform their appearance to humans was a nice addition.
The things I didn’t liked.
Although I think Seraphina is a wonderful girl, I didn’t connect with her. It felt like I was reading her story, I didn’t feel it. I wish I could bond some more with her. That leads me to the second point, I never had the feeling I was sucked in the story. It wasn’t hard for me to stop reading. I never reached the point where I just wanted to know the ending and I didn’t regret the fact that I was done with this book. The story has a nice pace, but I just wished it was a bit shorter.