Author: Rachel Hartman
Genre: YA, Fantasy
In a Snapshot: Seraphina is a gifted court musician from the medieval Kingdom of Goredd. When she joins Prince Kiggs to investigate the death of a royal family member, peace between humans and mathematical, shapeshifting dragons is threatened–as is the terrible secret Seraphina must keep hidden from both humans and dragons alike.
Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down:
I was intrigued by the premise of dragons loosely passing as humans in shapeshifted forms. It was also awarded the 2013 William C. Morris Award for the best young adult work by a debut author.
Hartman’s beautiful, thought-provoking language and rich world-building elements is compelling. A diverse set of characters also adds depth. The heroine is intelligent and witty, also brave despite her physical limitations. And a love story fits nicely within this mystery-based plot.
Who will like this? High concept readers who appreciate literary books. Harry Potter fans. Robin McKinley fans.
Some Favorite Quotes:
“For future reference: do not underestimate the seductive power of math.”
“He did not know the truth of me, yet he had perceived something true about me that no one else had ever noticed. And in spite of that—or perhaps because of it—he believed me good, believed me worth taking seriously, and his belief, for one vertigi-nous moment, made me want to be better than I was.”