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.
This book was amazing, it was one of the best books I've ever read or listened to. I recommend this book to everyone I think it is amazing and wonderful and creative and especially love the last few chapters which I won't spoil it for anyone who decides to read my comment. I am 15 going on 16 in 10 days and I have read many books in my lifetime I believe this one is honestly one of the best that I've read! I loved it so much it took me a while to read though.
I'm a huge fan of Mandy Williams! That's actually why I took a chance and got this audiobook.
I was definitely not disappointed. I was transported into the world Rachel Hartman created. And absolutely love the characters. Seraphina wasn't an annoying protagonist. She was strong and very enjoyable.
I'm so happy to have finished this book and see there's a sequel available! I'm a little sad to see there aren't other books by Rachel Hartman :-(
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
How was this book in my library for three months and didn't get a listen?!
Well, I finally got to it and it was brilliant! I love it, the worldbuilding, the magic, the races, and most of all, Seraphina and Kiggs. Especially Kiggs.
This book drew me in and enchanted me. I think I know where my next credit is going - towards the sequel!
It is amongst those I feel like returning to regularly.
The narrator's pattern of speech was very odd and distracting. I became fixated upon her breathing patterns and ended up needing to buy the physical book.
Well, I read it all in one sitting.
The (Aussie?) reader/performer has such an engaging, courtly voice that it dragged me through the slow start into an iron age world of a young royal music instructor and a wiggly truce between humans and dragons. Interesting "Dragon personality rules" give the drama plenty of room for exploration of relationships and the "history" of the land and peoples. How *ever* does this author know so much about so much?
Not to the author's fault, maybe haute not my type of book. It's a nice story and a great setting. The political forces are well designed but I find that our hero is just too fragile and at some points I kept loosing interest in her point of view but the world she lives kept me moving forward. It's a political scheme/adventure that many will appreciate. I enjoyed it, just didn't love it. Give it a try!