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Seraphina In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award winning debut Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative medieval world to fantasy and science fiction readers of all ages Era

  • Title: Seraphina
  • Author: Rachel Hartman
  • ISBN: 9780857531568
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Seraphina By Rachel Hartman, In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative medieval world to fantasy and science fiction readers of all ages Eragon author Christopher Paolini calls them, Some of the most interesting dragons I ve read in fantasy Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humIn her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative medieval world to fantasy and science fiction readers of all ages Eragon author Christopher Paolini calls them, Some of the most interesting dragons I ve read in fantasy 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.

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    1. What does it take to inspire someone to read a book Is it enough to give a heartfelt plea to the book s worthiness Maybe a meme Or jazzhands Will jazzhands convince you I know, a meme about jazzhands Admit it This is pretty damn irresistible Okay, well, if you re one of those strange people who would choose a convincing, well informed review over a meme of a tiny turtle doing jazzhands thenAre you sure I can t convince you with jazzhands Maybe throw in a shuffle for you Seraphina is half dragon, [...]

    2. Sometimes you read a book, agree with all positive reviews of it, but it just doesn t work for you That s the case with Seraphina and me.Whatever you ve read in 5 star reviews here, on , is all true Seraphina is an intelligent fantasy set in a well realized medieval land of Goredd which is celebrating 40 year anniversary of its peace treaty with the nation of dragons The dragons are conceived with a lot of originality They have an ability to fold into human bodies weredragons anyone and are bein [...]

    3. I ll admit it I was incredibly worried about this one I m always a bit wary when an author seems nice and friendly and everybody likes them on here I know, that seems like a stupid thing to say, but it always sits in the back of my mind that maybe people are giving this book five stars because they like the author Rest assured THIS IS NOT THE CASE I mean, sure, people who liked the book probably like Hartman too, but it s not the only reason This book deserves its five stars it deserves ALL the [...]

    4. I finished Seraphina And I ended up really liking it will discuss in this months wrap up.

    5. This is one of the most unique dragon books you ll ever read I read it twice, and it isn t even out yet You see, in Seraphina s world, dragons are able to take human shape and messy, sloppy human emotions Seraphina s father fell in love with a beautiful singer and musician, and married her, and got a surprise Now Seraphina is the assistant to the royal music master, struggling to keep her birth a secret, and caught up in the tensions that surround the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the [...]

    6. Think you ve read everything about dragons Think it s a worn out concept Seraphina will make you think again Our heroine of the title lives in a human kingdom that is about to celebrate forty years of a peace treaty with the draconian race, but old prejudice dies hard When the ruler of the dragons comes to the capital to commemorate the treaty, many factions on both sides wish to sabotage the fragile peace Hartman s dragons are fascinating They are part Vulcan from Star Trek logical beings who a [...]

    7. 2 7 18 ON SALE for 1.99 amzn 2se90JhReviewed by Rabid Reads4.5 starsThe oldest of my three younger sisters loves books as much as I do, but doesn t have nearly as much time to read b c reasons Fortunately, I know her well enough to keep recs to what I know she ll love, so she can make the best use of the time she does have, not begrudging me my surplus of time b c otherwise, who would weed out the mediocre books The most recent book I knew she d love is this one, but I was rereading it before Sh [...]

    8. I hate it when I have the impression that I am reading a different book from other readers whose opinion I value Hate it But it happens and unfortunately, it happened with this book I ve read some really glowing reviews but, alas, I can t just partially share the love Objectively, Seraphina meets all the requirements to become the next epic fantasy series it has an original take on a fairly exploited theme dragons , an amazing world building, a well formed, strong main character, a 5 star worthy [...]

    9. Actual rating 4.5 starsOh yes, Rachel Hartman YES This.was.good.I usually don t pick up many high fantasy novels For example, I hate Lord of the Rings Don t flame me It s just that it s not usually a genre I mesh well with In fact, I think aside from Seraphina I have read a grand total of two high fantasy books this year Eon Dragoneye Reborn and Eona The Last Dragoneye Coincidentally, all three have dragons in them Hmmrhaps the universe is trying to tell me something there Dragons Yes, dragons I [...]

    10. I wanted to love this book, becausedragons It s not a bad book and it s well written I just don t think high fantasy may be one of the genre s that I can really get into Too many weird words and names I mean Orma and Okra I tend to be a lazy reader and if I have to work for it by remembering odd words and names I get to where I just want to put the book down and grab another My little requesting finger requested the second book in this series from Netgalley and it sounded so good and the ratings [...]

    11. How Seraphina is different from nearly all the young adult novels out there, especially of the fantasy paranormal variety 1 There isn t a single moment in here where you ll want to a throttle any of the main characters, b stab yourself in the eye, or c smirk at the cheesy dialogue 2 You know all those books with dragons The ones that seem either too clich d or too different from what you imagined dragons as Seraphina is about as far from those books as it gets In fact, it s in another league alt [...]

    12. 4.5 starsFantasy lovers, rejoice This is an amazing debut novel, and I feel confident that we have a new series to devour, covet, and hoard ARCs of in a cave somewhere Not that I do that.This is the story of two societies, diametrically different, but living together under a fragile peace treaty The dragons are analytical thinkers who don t understand emotion, art, or music They view emotion and attachment as distasteful and are taught strict control But the humans are interesting to them, in an [...]

    13. I talked about this one on NPR npr 2012 12 22 1675627 when I was highlighting the best 2012 YA fiction I d read IN 2012 Here s what I said My relationship with high fantasy fantasy set in another world has always been tumultuous Actually, I d like to refer you to the first item on this list Everything I said about historical fiction also applies here Which is why, despite multiple recommendations, I let this debut novel about a half dragon, half human girl sit unread on my desk for five months I [...]

    14. 3.5 stars This is a weird rating because I can t really find anything in particular I didn t like about this story, yet it was hard for me to really get into It kind of reminded me of Sabriel in that sense like it s a wonderfully creative fantasy world full of everything I d normally love, but also took serious effort to keep reading I just didn t connect with the characters or get pulled into the story at any point But I definitely didn t dislike anything either Things I loved dragons that can [...]

    15. You know, the internet is a strange place You meet so many people, and they influence your life in so many ways, and yet you might spend an entire lifetime without ever once seeing the face of the person you count as a friend And yet, they are friends Maybe not the kind you can call at one in the night to cry about your cheating asshole of a boyfriend, but the kind you d like to meet for a drink, and chill out with and have fun, stimulating conversation with And so, with prolonged internet inter [...]

    16. Buddy read with my dear friend, Roya You can read her wonderful review here.As a fan of High fantasy and dragons, I really enjoyed reading this book Like most High fantasy books, the beginning is rather slow but it s well executed and didn t drag or bore me to death The setting of this medieval world is well developed and interesting Both humans and dragons have their own histories and way of thinking I love dragons and Hartman s version of dragons as a species capable of shifting into human for [...]

    17. I have so much love for Rachel Hartman and this book My five star ratings are few and far between, but I d give Seraphina ten if I could It was so easy to get lost in this world of humans, dragons and those in between I still haven t found my way back Hartman s dragons are magnificent creatures, full of intersting paradoxes On a physical level, they produce fire, but on an emotional level, they re cold and tightly controlled They go to great lengths to remain emotionless, even though their saars [...]

    18. We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful This book deserves all the stars I loved it Loved it Beautiful message, sophisticated plotting, sweet and believable romance, awesome main character who managed to be both ordinary and believable while also being the brave hero Read in one 7 hour sitting.So what was so wonderful about this book The world inside myself is vaster and richer than this paltry plane, peopled with mere galaxies and gods Seraphina addresses self acceptance in [...]

    19. For a dragon book SO OVERDONE AMIRIGHT this was so lovely and charming A real fairy tale written now I loved the characters and the world building, the story was touching and the main character relatable and believable The last half was a BIT draggy, but still,really lovely, YA appropriate, reminded me of Graceling actually.

    20. Fantasy is my favorite genre, but oftentimes I find that fantasy tales are often too simplistic or too pretentious for my liking Fantasy authors have the burdensome task of creating worlds and cultures that feel real and somewhat familiar but nonetheless offer a sense of danger, wonder, and excitement that few of us experience in our day to day lives In the end, many fantasy novels don t sustain that balance of normalcy and humanity interwoven with the threads of fantasybut Seraphina remarkably [...]

    21. I only wish I could give it than five stars Gorgeous storytelling, characterization, and masterful world building Plus, really cool and unique dragon lore What s not to love

    22. An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.Seraphina is a half human, half dragon sixteen year old who lived in Goreddia Humans must show their dragon counterparts that they re superior so they tend to dominate over their scaley friends The war has ceased, brought on by the Queen with a treaty The Ardmagar makes the decisions for these dragons, and is basically in charge.Seraphina has these grotesq [...]

    23. Review contains the slightest of slight spoilers Scattered and peculiar some of us were sceptical and bitter we were a people And I was at the hub of this enormous wheel I could bring us together In a way, I already had Initial Final Page Thoughts.I liked it better than I thought I would, which says a lot for a fantasy phobe like me High Points.Seraphina The world It was beautifully constructed Dragons ORMA Courts Concerts Parades Emotions Scales Dreams Tending the garden Fruit bat Mrs Fusspots [...]

    24. I can count on one hand the number of fantasy books I ve enjoyed, but after reading Kat Kennedy s glowing review of Seraphina, I was intrigued by the promise of smart heroines, dragons, and jazz hands Really, who can turn down jazz hands With that in mind, I eagerly started this book Then I got to mentions of saarantrai, houppelande, and quigutl.Remember, amateur fantasy reader here I m not ashamed to admit that I m scared off by double letters and words that start with Q.Another thing that s ke [...]

    25. Initially And then Alright, let s just get this out of the way Seraphinais one of my favorite books I ve read this year Hands down, without a doubt, straight up adored it And I d say it s my single most pushed book this year I ve been pushing it on everyone Obnoxiously And I m going to try to tell you why, and I ll do my best to avoid spoilers, but if you take nothing else from this review, understand that I want you to pick this up.Find out why HERE.

    26. 4.5 rounded up crazy well written.Seraphina deserves every YA award for which it was nominated The core objective of the book is to teach young ladies to accept their minds and bodies and grow into natural self confidence Seraphina, the heroine of the story, undergoes a huge amount of character development in learning to love herself She goes from How dare the world be beautiful, when I was so horrifying accompanied by self hate and self harm To We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all [...]

    27. He released the last chord like a boulder off a trebuchet It always feels this way when ending a book There s a weight to the final words, then you let them go and they re gone.I don t think I ve read a young adult book quite like Seraphina before Rachel Hartman has built for us a world so rich and unique that it is almost dizzying to walk into Her world is swathed in dark colours depicting a tale of menacing dragons who advocate peace, a stiff but admirably stalwart royal family of Queens and p [...]

    28. Buddy Read 02 04 2015 with the Emma s Tea Party aka my favorite group ever I ll bring the tequila, shhh Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge 7 A book with non human characters3.5 Seraphina is a good fantasy book With a winning mix of fantasy , politics and romance that we have read a lot already Its biggest mistake is following every single fantasy rule and adding very little extra details But is definitely worth reading for any fantasy lover Not remarkable, but enjoyable Our survival depends not [...]

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