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Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this "New York Times" bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed. Rachel Hartman s award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you ve never imagined them before In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer. The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being. When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive and dashing Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult while its discovery could mean her very life. "Will appeal to both fans of Christopher Paolini s "Eragon" series and Robin McKinley s "The Hero and the Crown."" "Entertainment Weekly" [A] lush, intricately plotted fantasy. "The Washington Post" "Beautifully written. Some of the most interesting dragons I've read." Christopher Paolini, "New York Times" bestselling author of Eragon "From the Hardcover edition.""show more

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  • 0-5
  • CD-Audio
  • 130 x 150 x 28mm | 281.23g
  • Listening Library
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0307968928
  • 9780307968920

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School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen's Books 2012 Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012 Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon "Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy for a long while. An impressive debut novel; I can't wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next." Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author of the Temeraire series: "A book worth hoarding, as glittering and silver-bright as dragon scales, with a heroine who insists on carving herself a place in your mind." Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper series: "Seraphina is strong, complex, talented--she makes mistakes and struggles to trust, with good reason, and she fights to survive in a world that would tear her apart. I love this book!" Alison Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona "A wonderful mix of thrilling story, fascinating characters, and unique dragonlore. I loved being in Seraphina's world!" Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author: "Just when you thought there was nothing new to say about dragons, it turns out there is, and plenty! Rachel Hartman's rich invention never fails to impress--and to convince. It's smart and funny and original, and has characters I will follow to the ends of the earth." " "The Washington Post, July 3, 2012: "Full of grace and gravitas. Readers loath to turn the last page of this lush, intricately plotted fantasy will rejoice in the knowledge of next summer's as-yet-untitled sequel." " "Entertainment, June 19, 2012: "A novel that will appeal to both fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon series and Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown." " ", September 21, 2012: "Seraphina makes dragons fascinating once again."" ", June 19, 2012: "Ashow more

About Rachel Hartman

As a child, RACHEL HARTMAN played cello and lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters. The famous Renaissance song "Mille Regretz" first moved Rachel to write a fantasy novel rooted in music, but her inspiration didn't end there. She wrote "Seraphina" while listening to medieval Italian polyphony, Breton bagpipe-rock, prog metal, Latin American baroque, and Irish sean nos. Rachel Hartman lives with her family in Vancouver BC."show more