Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

By Haywood County Library | May 13, 2013

Reviewed by Librarian Donna Surles

For 40 years, the humans and dragons of the Kingdom of Goredd have lived in an uneasy peace. Since the dragons can take human form, they are often indistinguishable from people.

Seraphina Dombegh is a very talented musician, who has just begun working for the King's Court. A member of the royal family is murdered in a draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the murder mystery, assisted by Prince Lucian Kiggs, the captain of the Queen's Guard. Prince Kiggs is engaged to his cousin Princess Glisselda. Seraphina becomes a friend to both the Prince and Princess, but a conflict ensues when she finds herself attracted to the Prince.

As relationships between humans and dragons become more tense, talk of war begins. In addition, a rogue dragon is causing major trouble. Seraphina herself harbors a dangerous secret that she struggles to protect.

The world of Goredd is a fascinating one. There is plenty of action and subterfuge at court. This is author Rachel Hartman's first fantasy novel. Hopefully, there will be a sequel.