Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: Seraphina

A new vision of knights, dragons, and the fair maiden caught in between . . .

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 has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered. While a sinister plot to destroy the peace is uncovered, Seraphina struggles to protect the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance will make a magical, indelible impression on its readers.



My first thoughts upon hearing about Seraphina were: “Oh, cool! Dragons!” and “Awesome! I love fantasy!” And while the premise is moving, the book hardly stirred any emotions from me.

Seraphina is a gifted musician, one who can bring throngs of people to tears after a single song. What these people don’t know is that there is a reason for her uncanny ability to produce such eloquent melodies—and should this secret be revealed, it would jeopardize her very existence.

A treaty has been set in place between dragons and humans, and they have lived in peace for centuries. But several of the dragon generals threaten to undo this treaty, and the fate of her people—including the royal family—rests in Seraphina’s hands. Can she protect them without revealing her secret, or will the dragons inflict bedlam upon the kingdom?

Overall, if you’re searching for a fantasy novel involving dragons, princes, princesses, and magical powers, then you should pick up this book. For me, it just didn’t quite come together as I had hoped.

**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley

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