Seraphina took the literary world by storm with eight starred reviews and numerous "Best of" lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived - and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself - for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she's held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
©2015 Rachel Hartman (P)2015 Listening Library
"...the intricate plotting, clever surprises... and lovely prose make this a worthy conclusion for all of Hartman's big-hearted characters." (Booklist)
"This is a tale of love, mistakes, double-crosses, and pain - one that left me tied up in knots!" (Tamora Pierce, NYT best-selling author)
"...[Hartman] continues to expand her world with enough history and detail to satisfy even the most questioning of readers, doing it all so naturally that it's hard to believe this is fiction. Dragon fiction has never flown higher." (Kirkus Review)
"Williams sweeps us along on the journey, never stumbling over Hartman's invented words or the panoply of dragon, half-dragon, and human characters.... It won't take long for listeners to be drawn into the story's intrigue or to find themselves rooting for a happy ending." (AudioFile)
I really liked the originality of the original and if you don't want to spend time on a trilogy it's a good duology. Does what a good sequel should, changes the kind of story while keeping the spirit and characters from the first. The first dealt with political intrigue and romance in a single city, here Seraphina travels the world to find her fellow half-dragons. However, she is not the only one with special powers and someone from her past is out for revenge. Unresolved questions from are explored with greater focus on her special mind powers and dragons play a bigger role.
While social justice and prejudices are a strong theme throughout this is one of the best stories that handle diversity in it's characters. Characters are not defined by their diversity and it doesn't waste time uselessly exploring it.
Doesn't have the typical happy ending but it is satisfying. While not answering all questions it does feels natural and not forced. Plot had me guessing till the end.
If you liked the first book read this.
Same great characters, same lovely narrator... but the talented author of the first book is only visible in tiny snippets. Otherwise it reads like bad fan fiction of the first volume.
It's worth reading for closure to the mysteries brought up in Serafina. But go in with low expectations if you want to enjoy it.
I loved Seraphina in the first book. She was inquisitive and earnest. She tried her hardest at everything. She was also quick witted.
In this book however, she seems to have lost all of that. She chooses the easiest option and mopes when things don't go her way. She spends most of the book ignoring the one thing she is repeatedly told to do. I also hated the ending. It was unfinished and lacking. The prologue hints at more of an ending than the epilogue.
Great prose and poetry, peppered with humor, this is a wondrous adventure which I hope we can continue in future books. Marvelous world building unfurls into glorious color as Seraphina explores the world looking for her fellow half-dragons, even though she finds only despair and destruction when her nemesis Jannoula appears to always be one step ahead. Romantic, philosophical, and creative, SHADOW SCALE is a worthy successor to SERAPHINA. Mandy Williams singing as a Quigutl is not to be missed.
A wonderful adventure with fantasy and magic listen to it read it both are the same and just as great meet all the half dragons feel sad feel happy laugh and cry it's a great book but read the first book before you read this one that's it I hope you like it
You FINALLY find out who Janula is! The story has decent has a decent plot and should keep you engaged if you liked the first book, but I feel like the author pushes LGBT issues to much in this book. What I mean by that is: in the first book, it flowed and LGBT characters did not take away from the storyline. There is one part of the storyline that I do not want to reveal because it is a spoiler, but I felt that it ruined the story. It just felt so forced and anti-climactic and I felt like the author was trying to hard to include a larger amount of LGBT characters. It also aggravated me because the author makes it sound like if you make any closes friendships with anyone, they are probably in love with you. You may get my point when you get to the section I am writing about.
The tale of Seraphina and the historical fictitious account of humans and dragons has several parallels to our own time of struggling race relationships.The author sensitive writing style reveals wonderful suggestions to the equality of all intelligent life. The story continues to unfold in this sequel with the fabulous cast of endearing characters, so hard to put down till the suspenseful end. I would love to hear more tales about this engrossing fantastic historical time from this talented writer!
Sara R Clifton
I'm seriously hoping that Rachel Hartman decides to continue with the series. It has been a wonderful listening experience as well as an engrossing story.
Mandy Williams is great. This was such a great sequel. Although at times, fates does not seem in Seraphina's favor, meet so many diverse characters to fall in love with and she overcomes. The ending seemed a bit rushed with it more duex ex machina than a methodical resolution. It's a great book to listen to especially for all the names and pronunciations.
I was at first a bit disappointed in this book because it seemed almost... an afterthought for the author after "Seraphina". It seems disjointed and took me a bit to get into. However, once I slipped back into Williams' narration and Seraphina's wonderfully confident and yet humble character, my first impressions of trust in Hartman's story telling came roaring back. In the end this was a great conclusion to the story, with a very thought provoking character wrap up that many authors wouldn't try in books possibly marketed to young adults. A worthwhile read and stands on it's own feet - rare for sequels!
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