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.
Okay guys, here’s the deal. I was so, so, SO excited to read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I love fantasy. It used to be the only genre I would ever read. Dragons just totally awe me and the idea of dragons being able to take human form in Seraphina… SO COOL!! It sounded amazing and Seraphina has a 4.17 star rating on Goodreads, which excited me even more.
Then I won a copy of the book and I was like YES! I FINALLY GET TO READ IT! …But I only made it to like page 120. I’m really, really struggling with this book. The beginning feels slow and distant and isn’t grabbing me at all. It took me like two days to even get through those 120 pages. I kept waiting for things to get better — for that hook to finally catch me. It just isn’t happening. And furthermore, the whole tending to the garden vision stuff kind of weirded me out. I feel like it’s really dominating the book right now and it’s just kind of weird…
So what do you think? Have you read Seraphina? Is there some crazy epicness yet to come? Is it worth continuing? Because I’m seriously struggling here and I don’t know if I want to keep pushing myself to finish the book. 🙁 Looking at the Goodreads ratings, I’m starting to feel like the only person in the world who isn’t loving it.