The peace between the dragons and humans of Goredd, however tenuous, has lasted for almost 40 years. Major conflicts have ceased, and the dragons lend their rational and mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. But with the anniversary of the treaty fast approaching, the tension is palpable.
Into this looming danger enters Seraphina, gifted musician, student of the dragon Orma, and newest member of the court. When a member of the royal family is found murdered in suspiciously draconian style, Seraphina’s knowledge of dragon culture pulls her into the case — along with the captain of the Queen’s guard, Prince Lucian Kiggs.
Seraphina is determined to absolve the dragons of any wrongdoing. But her partnership with Lucian is a dangerous one: the closer she gets to discovering the killer, the closer Lucian comes to discovering her secret…the secret that could mean her death.
In case you hadn’t heard, dragons are kind of my obsession. I’ll read just about anything that includes them, especially when they’re the good guys. They tend to be given traits I appreciate: intelligence, acerbic wit, and—strangely enough—artistic abilities (strange that they’re granted those traits; not that I like them).
And so Seraphina was like candy for me. The story and characters were complex, the twists unexpected, and the world building/lore fantastic.
I connected pretty much instantly with Seraphina herself (awesome chick who speaks her mind and is smart, of course I love her!), and Lars has taken up special residence in my heart.
Like any self-respecting YA book these days, Seraphina is the first in a series. I’m interested in meeting more of the members of her “garden of grotesques,” as well as where the overall story is headed. And of course in more dragons.
Anyone read this one? I’d love to chat about it with you in the comments!