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Seraphina - SERAPHINA (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 03/01/2013
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The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened . . . Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension. For Seraphina hides a secret - the secret behind her musical gift - and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger . . .

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
ISBN: 9780552566001
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


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"Seraphina is a quick-paced read, and while the story does pause at times for introspection, it never stalls or grinds to a halt ... It's a tale well told, the author's writing hitting a real high whenever music is involved. Here, her prose verges on the poetic; beautiful, often haunting, descriptions abound ... In Seraphina, Rachel Hartman has created a likeable, gutsy heroine, one who isn't flawless or afraid to make mistakes." * Starburst magazine *
"Hartman proves dragons are still fascinating in this impressive high fantasy ... Equal parts political thriller, murder mystery, bittersweet romance, and coming-of-age story, this is an uncommonly good fantasy centered upon an odd but lovable heroine ... Fantasy readers young and old who appreciate immersion into a rich new culture will not mind the novel's slow build, especially as it takes wing and hurtles toward the stratosphere. This is an exciting new series to watch." * Booklist *
"Hartman's splendid prose debut (is) head and talons above the rest" * Kirkus *
"This is a proper fantasy, with a feisty heroine and some truly splendid dragons...it's a beautifully told story, with some gorgeously surreal imaginative flights on a level with Alice in Wonderland - it has that dreamlike quality of beauty and absurdity...Seraphina is a fast-paced and skilfully wrought fantasy, a beautiful and original take on the dragon myth." * Katy Moran *
"In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex and utterly original world. Seraphina's journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page" * Cicely Loves Books blog *

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“Beautifully written”

Not only is the style of this absolutely gorgeous and the pacing pretty much spot on, but the world building is utterly fantastic. Everything about this world seems real.

Plus it's a fresh take on dragons... More

Paperback edition
13th May 2013
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Teresa at Bath

“original and intelligent writing - just not for me”

I'm going to go against the trend here because I didn't really like this book, despite being excited to read it. I found it difficult to read, and had to actively continue reading rather than being immersed... More

Hardback edition
2 similar books recommended
11th January 2016
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“One of my favourites”

A beautifully written fantasy, definately my favourite read of 2012. This is labelled young adult and there's an author recommendation from Christopher Paolini on the front of the UK edition (I completely agree... More

Paperback edition
10th December 2012
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