Review: ‘Seraphina’ by Rachel Hartman

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Seraphina’ by Rachel HartmanSeraphina by Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on July 10th, 2012
Genres: Dragons, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 467
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

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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 grotesque visions that haunt her, which she aptly give nicknames to. (I had an affinity to Fruit Bat!) As for the wonderful secondary characters I liked Glisselda immensely. Kind and friendly she always defended Seraphina and was loyal to her as any sister. Lucian Kiggs, Captain of the guard was just as wonderful. Good through and through, he did the moral thing in a world where deception was the norm. His friendship with Phina was cute and sweet, and you can tell why she likes him so much.


In a novel, where world building is done well, and there are so many characters to keep track of, a list of character’s and who they are is extremely helpful. I took lots of time trying to memorize some characters names so I didn’t have to check it. Do I think dragons can be the next trend? Well maybe. It’s been trending for a long time and Seraphina’s dragons are the ferocious and vicious ones nightmares are made of. And I for one can’t wait until book two comes out so I can join her on her adventure.


Beautifully written, Seraphina will whisk you away to a world where dragons are as ferocious as anyone thought they could be.



Dragons are never amused by anything.
Dragons hate us because we are just and favored by the Saints. Evil always seeks to destroy the good that stands against it.
Your lies didn’t stop me loving you; your truth hasn’t stopped me either.





  1. FJ

    June 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I love dragon! Maybe, I’ll buy it soon.

  2. Alyssa Susanna

    June 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I sort of liked this book – definitely not what I expected for a dragon book, but it was good! I guess I thought it was a little dry. Anyway, great review! I can’t wait for this next book! 😀

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. Annabelle

    May 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I stayed up until 3 to finish this book last night. I immediately love any book that mentions dragons, but this story sticks out in my mind as one that preaches the redeeming, unstoppable power of love. Absolutely beautiful. 🙂

  4. Sabrina

    July 1, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Seraphina is already on my wishlist and your review makes me even more excited to read it. I like reading stories with dragons so the book should be perfect for me.

  5. Lexie B.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    AHHH! So glad you loved this one! 😀 It’s one of those books that I was just praying would be as fantastic as its premise, and I’m glad to see it was. Wonderful review!

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