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 listen to Audible books in the car on my commute. This is one of the books I couldn't stop listening too. The story starts out a little vague and confusing but comes into focus over the first few hours.
Seraphina's character came to life so vividly that I felt the strong emotions as if they were the result of something happening in my own life. The story is excellent, and the narrator is one of the best I've listened too.
I will definitely be looking for more Rachel Hartman books.
I loved the setting and the logic of the way the author blends religion and fantasy. Its a rich and full world. Seraphina sucked me in and took me far away to a wonderful world. This book reminds me of Curse of Challion by Lois McMaster Bujold, but for teens.
This is a mature book - well worth the read for adults as well as teens.
I am going to buy copies for all the teens I know.
Sephronia's uncle - he is a very unique character. He reminds me of Spock.
The fact that the music comes alive in this book makes it far richer than just the printed words. I think everyone should listen to this, even if they have read it already in print.
I did cry and laughed as well!
I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Very, very high. I mostly get books I've already read, this was one of the minority that I had never read. Excellent plot, likable characters, and it certainly creates a hunger for the next book! I can't wait.
I found this book by originally searching for Justine Eyre. She has a very small part in this book, and Mandy Williams does a great job narrating the larger part
What lies under your skin?
Well written, well plotted, amazing characters and very well read, definitely worthwhile!
Seraphina is a fantastic and flawed character and is surrounded by a number of others. The villain to the story was relatively easy to guess but the story isn't really intended as a murder mystery.
When she first remembers. The last talk with Lucien.
No, in the middle was a bit slow, the second part is better!
Its a great story, but I like more romance developing. The best part is the magic world it sets in. She is clever, but she makes dumb decisions...
Live naked, eat anything, feel no shame and kill monsters.
I did not get bored and the story was not foolishly predictable. Searching for a new author and new book is like eating everyflavorbeans, sometimes you get something good but alot of times you get earwax. This story was hot chocolate.
The battle between Phina's uncle and grandfather. Fruitbat was like a little half dragon Ninja.
I am looking forward to the next book.
Definitely one of the best books I've listened to all year, the narrator was great and the story was fresh and new.
I liked the uncle the best, he was very dry and witty which I guess is common for a Dragon in Seraphina's world.
If I had the time, sure! I listened to it over about 3 days while doing a bunch of filing at work, and it's pretty much the only thing that kept me sane during that time.
I have not read the print version but now that I have heard the audio edition, I would probably just listen to it again instead of reading the book.
Seraphina make me think of Kristin Cashore's books, Graceling and Fire, as they are also about a young woman with special abilities living at a palace and taking part in secretive, covert affairs.
I liked all the characters. Mandy Williams has a nice and interesting voice that is great for performing books.
I try to pace myself with audiobooks to make them last, but there were definitely times that I listened for an extra long time because I couldn't stop and had to find out what happened next.
Yes, the characters and the details were well made up and well written.
The pace. It didn't hurry to get to the fun/action, but didn't feel long either.
a very good fantasy. I never was much into dragons, but this book changed my mind