Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Review

Rachel Hartman

Publication Date:
July 10, 2012

Doubleday Canada

Hardcover, 480 pages

CAD $21.00

An ARC was provided by RandomHouse Canada for review! Thanks!


A new vision of knights, dragons, and the fair maiden caught in between . . .

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered. While a sinister plot to destroy the peace is uncovered, Seraphina struggles to protect the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance will make a magical, indelible impression on its readers.

About The Author

Seraphina is RACHEL HARTMAN”s debut. She lives in Vancouver.


Seraphina is a half human, half dragon sixteen year old who lived in Goreddia. Humans must show their dragon counterparts that they’re superior so they tend to dominate over their scaley friends. The war has ceased, brought on by the Queen with a treaty. The Ardmagar makes the decisions for these dragons, and is basically in charge.

Seraphina has these grotesque visions that haunt her, which she aptly give nicknames to. (I had an affinity to Fruit Bat!) As for the wonderful secondary characters I liked Glisselda immensely. Kind and friendly she always defended Seraphina and was loyal to her as any sister. Lucian Kiggs, Captain of the guard was just as wonderful. Good through and through, he did the moral thing in a world where deception was the norm. His friendship with Phina was cute and sweet, and you can tell why she likes him so much.

In a novel, where world building is done well, and there are so many characters to keep track of, a list of character’s and who they are is extremly helpful. I took lots of time trying to memorize some characters names so I didn’t have to check it. Do I think dragons can be the next trend? Well maybe. It’s been trending for a long time and Seraphina’s dragons are the ferocious and vicious ones nightmares are made of. And I for one can’t wait until book two comes out so I can join her on her adventure.

Beautifully written, Seraphina will whisk you away to a world where dragons are as ferocious as anyone thought they could be.

Rating 5/5


“Dragons are never amused by anything.”—Glisselda

“Dragons hate us because we are just and favored by the Saints. Evil always seeks to destroy the good that stands against it.”—Glisselda

“Your lies didn’t stop me loving you; your truth hasn’t stopped me either.”—Kiggs