Posted in Young Adult Lit

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

12394100Seraphina
Rachel Hartman
2012 Random House
ISBN – 9780375866562
Genre – Fantasy
Age – Young Adult
4.5 Stars

 

Seraphina lives in world where dragons and humans coexist. A treaty was signed between the populations forty years ago, yet there are still issues between the two. Seraphina is an interesting case as she is half dragon, half human. Her mother who died when she was a baby was a dragon. The anniversary of the treaty approaches and a big festivity is planned. However, it seems that some dragons may be planning to overturn the treaty and attack humans. Throughout the story Seraphina comes to terms with relationships from her uncle who is a dragon, her father who is trying to hide her identity, and the man she loves who is set to marry the princess. Can Seraphina help to keep the peace, and will she be strong enough to show the world her true identity?

This is the first YA dragon book I have read, and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. The story is well fleshed out, and the characters are complex. The descriptions of the dragons are also well thought out, not only in their physical appearance, but in their mental and emotions states as well. One thing I really appreciated about this book is that although Seraphina is obviously in love, she is still a strong character. She is not a weak, sniveling girl in love, and the writing proves this. She is brave, yet not without her faults. Even though she is half dragon, her emotions and actions make her a well rounded believable character. Truly great book!

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