Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Friday, Jan 25, 2013

Seraphina is an unusual woman in an unusual world. Humans and dragons coexist in a mostly peaceful, if a bit strained, manner. That they can inhabit the same city at all is due to the dragons’ ability to assume a human shape.

Considering how many, many books have been written about dragons, it was refreshing to come upon a different take on the subject. What would a dragon be like if its body became human? Would it still be a dragon on the inside? Have dragonish thoughts, feelings, and attitudes? If it’s the huge dragon body with its sharp claws and teeth that frightens people, would a dragon still be as scary in human form?

For Seraphina, outward appearances are vital to her safety. Yet, she is willing to risk her own well-being to uncover a sinister plot that she is uniquely qualified to investigate.

On the surface, Seraphina is a fantasy and mystery story. However, there are more subtle, or not so subtle, undertones of self-acceptance, belonging, and identity.

This could be a good read for those who enjoyed Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey, or The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley.

Diane H.

Written by Diane H.

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