seraphinaTitle: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Pages: 451
Rating: 3.5/5

I tend to pick up books that suit my mood. Seraphina certainly fit my mood in recent days and I enjoyed it!

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.

 It tickled me that Seraphina, our protagonist, plays the flute and so wonderfully too. I read the first half in one sitting, engrossed in rediscovering dragons. It isn’t much of a twist, what secret Seraphina holds but the book still keeps your attention with its fascinating creations, such as her garden of grotesques. Phina, as she’s so called, is without giving you spoilers, a lovely person that is both logical and emotional and struggles to balance both.

And Kiggs! Sweet, nosey, with high standards, our Captain failed to capture my heart completely but he’s still one of the better love interests that I’ve come across. Yet another great instance of non-insta love. One of the characters that caught my interest early on was Orma. Can’t talk about him without giving away tidbits but, he’s awesome in his own way;)

The plot overall was easy to overlook while we followed Phina in a more personal conflict but it was still enjoyable to go on a hunt for the culprit intent on bringing back the old days. I give a nod to Hartman for creating a vivid world with an interesting, if sometimes detached(in a good way!), set of characters.

Not overly lyrical or heavy, this book is definitely one you should pick up when you’re feeling a need to learn something new about fantasy’s most beloved staple, the dragon. Also another must if you like music or whimsical characters. Plenty of fun for any reader!