I was mesmerized by this story! Hartman has created a fantastical world of humans and dragons that would do very well in a HISTORY classroom. Seriously! The trials and tribulations that groups such as Native Americans, African-Americans, and Hispanic Americans have faced - such as racism, segregation, and forced removal - blossom in this story. It was so touching yet so very relevant to what young people need to understand about what our country (US) has done to those who are "different" from the people in power. Beyond the social aspects, it was an intriguing story in itself. Highly recommended to readers of all ages.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
I guess this is basically a YA level novel, but it was so clever & fun, anyone who likes dragons and castles will enjoy it. We started this one on a road trip and then had to get out a puzzle when we got home so we could just sit and listen in the living room?
The narration was very good and fit the main character and genre quite well. The "voices" were maybe not utterly perfect, but they were pretty darn good. Her phrasing was excellent in my opinion. The pauses at periods and proper observation of punctuation made it much easier to absorb all the little details of the writing, which is quite literate and, at times, amusing, and the hints about the various ongoing intrigues.
It says there are 2 narrators above? Huh. I didn't see that on the "cover" and I didn't notice in listening. I guess if there were two they worked well together!
Even though most of the intrigue obviously gets cleared up by the end (it wouldn't be very satisfyingly YA if it didn't) the excellent characters have us thinking about planning another road trip to start the sequel.
After 3 hours I started skipping chapters, because the story was SO BORING. Read the Publisher's Summary and that's all you need to do to consider the book finished, so move on to the next book on your list and save your credit. The worst part of this audiobook is the narrator. She read with extended pauses with each coma, more between sentences, and even longer pauses between paragraphs. Furthermor, her voices for male characters made them sll sound angry. The few character voices in her repertoire totaled 4 or 5, maby. and, my last complaint about her is that she read as if her audience were preschoolers. Save yourself a credit and pass this one by.
Seraphina was a great Dragon shapeshifter tale. The London described was vivid and captivating in detail and scope. I was lost in listening hour after hour, great experience.
I'm pretty picky with dragon books (hated the last two series I tried to start) but this blew me away. Great world building, beautiful prose, engaging characters, bittersweet but satisfying ending. Adore the readers.
I truly enjoyed how the world in which the story takes place is completely constructed...tons of interesting details that make this unique world come alive. The characters have depth and the story captured my imagination. I was so sorry when the book ended...and thrilled to find there is a second installment available.
I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
This is written for a younger person and the story plodded at times. Serahina is enchanting and precocious enough to keep you going. There were times the storyteller seemed not to know what to do with the character but how does an emotionless dragon sound when he is trying to be human also. I will read the second book...I do love dragons.