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Tamora Pierce is a best-selling author of fantasy books for teenagers. Her books, known for their teenaged girl warriors and wizards, have received critical acclaim and a strong fanbase. Her newest book, Mastiff, is the third book in The Legend of Beka Cooper series.
In Seraphina's world, coldly intellectual dragons can take on the shapes--and feelings--of human beings. Sometimes this results in a surprise. Seraphina's father married a beautiful musician, and discovered too late that she was a dragon. She died, leaving him with a daughter who confuses him and his new wife and children.
Now the half-dragon Seraphina is the assistant to the cranky royal music master. She is in charge of Princess Glisselda's music lessons; she books performers for the 40-year celebration of the peace treaty between dragons and humans, and she rehearses the rowdy court musicians. She has to hide the scales on her arm and around her waist, and she can never let anyone find out that Orma, her music teacher, is actually a dragon.
When she plays the solo for the funeral of the realm's murdered prince, Seraphina is suddenly raised into entirely new, visible levels of peril. People she always avoided are noticing her. She has to attend social functions, where she is caught up in court politics, between those who support the treaty and those who want to destroy it. She runs afoul of conspirators who want to start the war again--one of them may be her own grandfather. She even discovers that Prince Lucian, who is betrothed to Princess Glisselda, is not only very sharp-eyed but also very agreeable to be around. He appreciates her insights on intrigue at court and in the city and uses her as an unofficial investigator into the ongoing unrest.
The plot thickens. A new religious order plots riots and revolution. Exiled knights return to report an unregulated dragon flying near where the old prince was murdered. The dragons are trying to send Orma for corrective surgery--they think he's gotten too human and they want to cut those parts out of his brain. Seraphina fears that if she tells the prince and the princess what she is, they'll hate her forever, but their work to preserve the treaty celebrations is bringing them closer together. And all of them are terrified that the dragons will decide that humans are not worth the trouble, and will destroy them at last.
I loved this book even more the second time I read it than I did the first. The characters are interesting and engaging, and I love the new look at dragons. For all that she's half-dragon, Seraphina is a very believable human being, caught between different loyalties and just trying to keep everyone she loves alive. But don't take my word for it--read it yourself!
This book is well written and Rachel Hartman does a wonderful job creating the fantasy world of Goredd.
Seraphina has got to be one of the most interesting characters I've come across in a fantasy novel, and I very much enjoyed getting to know her.
It was a most enjoyable read that I couldn't put the book down from the word go and finished it in one sitting!
I have been meaning to re-read Seraphina ever since I first read it back in May 2012. But it never happened. Then, yesterday, I was looking at all my copies of it. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Carina's Books
Just read this book again after several years. I had forgotten how good it is. Well recommended.Published 4 days ago by ReaderScientistMom
Loved it, can't wait till the next one comes out. Dragons and, music and higher mathematics... it's more fun than it sounds.Published 12 days ago by Matt Cox
Started reading this as a freeby on an airplane and had to do a lot of searching to find not remembering author or how to spell seraphina because I was hooked.Published 14 days ago by Billy Mccorkle
Actual Rating: 3.5 / 5
After reading the songs of praise from authors, book bloggers, and other critics – and learning that the sequel Shadow Scale is due out next March... Read more
Seraphina is a delight. I have had a soft spot for tales like this since I first read Tolkien in high school. Read morePublished 27 days ago by David Menefee Jr
Engaging story, kept me interested to the end. Would love more by this author!Published 29 days ago by Mommy