The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened ...Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension. For Seraphina hides a secret - the secret behind her musical gift - and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger...
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 153 x 234 x 29mm | 508g
- 12 Jul 2012
- Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Doubleday Children's Books
- London, United Kingdom
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."""Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2012: * "In Hartman's splendid prose debut, humans and dragons--who can take human form but not human feeling--have lived in uneasy peace for 40 years. The dragons could destroy the humans, but they are too fascinated by them. As musician Seraphina describes it, attempting to educate the princess, humans are like cockroaches to dragons, but interesting. As the anniversary of the treaty approaches, things fall apart: The crown prince has been murdered, anti-dragon sentiment is rising, and in the midst of it all, an awkward, gifted, observant girl unexpectedly becomes central to everything. Hartman has remixed her not-so-uncommon
About Rachel Hartman
Rachel Hartman is Canadian and this is her first YA novel. She is also the author of a mini-comic, Amy Unbound.