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Seraphina av Rachel Hartman
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Seraphina (utgåvan 2012)

av Rachel Hartman

Serier: Southlands (1), Seraphina (1)

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3,8572583,272 (4.1)1 / 216
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Medlem:ConnieRobin
Titel:Seraphina
Författare:Rachel Hartman
Info:Random House Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 512 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Seraphina av Rachel Hartman

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Seraphina has a secret, but she doesn't know it.

In a medieval-ish Fantasy world where dragons and humans intermingle only by treaty, Seraphina must help to navigate her past, her present, and the future of her kingdom. This book is not the kind of book that I'd normally pick up, but after only a single chapter, I grabbed my dragon loving 10 year old (who DEVOURED all four Eragon books in 2 days) and told her she had to read it; I just knew it'd be a book she loved. I appreciated the story-telling, the world-building, the dialogue, and the skillful way that Hartman revealed parts of the story at the most opportune times and in unique ways.

I think one of the things I appreciate the most about this novel is that there are strong female characters who feel so real. Girls and women are involved in politics, stand up for themselves, and hold their own in the world, but they are also "real-feeling" and aren't obnoxiously strong. Seraphina herself is incredibly introspective; she makes mistakes but learns from them, and is constantly reflecting on what she knows, what she needs, and how she is going to interact with others.

The imagery was beautiful, and the way you could literally get into Seraphina's head is something I've not seen done in this way before. Highly recommend, especially to those who love Fantasy! ( )
  hallaliciae | Jul 3, 2024 |
Equal to my enjoyment of this imaginative story’s elements, humor, characters, dialogues and descriptions, was my admiration of Mandy Williams’ narration. I’m definitely reading (listening to) Shadow Scale next! ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Wow, this was good. Completely original, intelligent read. I have no idea how to categorize this--I really need a general fantasy category. I recommend this to EVERYONE who enjoys fantasy--I added this to my auto-buy list. ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this fun dragon book. The spunky female lead was cranky and smart, without feeling like it was overdone. The male romantic interest was also smart, funny, courageous, and honest. It seems like in these fantasy romantic adventure books, the fellow is underwhelming, but i found this gentleman worth falling for. There is plenty of mystery and secrets. The dragons can take human form and the description of them describes some people on the autism spectrum, is is just me or do characters with asbergers keep popping increasing, or do I just have a name for these personalty traits now? ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
Wow, I really liked this book! The main character, Seraphina, is a very nice heroine, very likable, smart and brave. I particularly like the ability she somehow got from her mixed heritage: the ability to reach out to other half-dragons. I also enjoyed the side characters: the buoyant princess Glisselda, the inquisitive prince Kiggs, the cantankerous music master Viridius, and of course the 'rational' Orma, who turns out to have a less rational side as well. I liked the dragons in general, particularly their inability to understand human emotions and manners.
The story had many sides to it: the murder of prince Rufus, Seraphina's struggle to keep her secret secret, while at the same time discovering her own abilities, the relationship between Seraphina and Glisselda and Kiggs. I don't always like too many storylines, but in this case, it worked.
And last but not least, this book was simply easy to read. I almost had to kick myself to bed, instead of keeping on reading, and it read like a train. I hope part 2 is out already, I'm going to check right after finishing this review! ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
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In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

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