Rachel Hartman
Seraphina Cover



This was exactly what I wanted when I choose it for a fantasy sub-genre challenge months ago. It had dragons, it had death, it had complicated characters, and it even had a side of romance that was very endearing and exactly how I like romance written. I was impressed.

It started slow, I had seen a review that said the same, but I still don't know if I would have kept reading it if not for the fact that I was using it in a reading challenge. It picked up speed like a rock rolling down a hill, and even though it was slow, I began to get connected and interested in the plot and characters in the book. That was a really fun thing to experience.

I've always loved music myself, so having that as one of the side plots is fun too. I don't think it plays a huge role, but it is a part of Seraphina's personality. Her mind stuff was a bit too much at the beginning of the story, which was part of the reason it took so long for me to get into it, but it came across pretty well by the end.

I think what makes this book stand out is the characters, not the plot. The way that dragons are portrayed is also very unique and makes it stand out. If you look at the plot purely, it's very basic but the characters make it work. There was a good climax at the end, that left plenty for the second and much larger book in the series. I'll be reading it as soon as I'm next in line on Libby.