In the Serpent's Wake

In the Serpent's Wake

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3.98 (983 ratings by Goodreads)

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From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Seraphina comes a piercing new fantasy adventure that champions our resilience and humility.


At the bottom of the world lies a Serpent, the last of its kind.
Finding the Serpent will change lives.

Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend.
Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity.
Marga is an explorer staking her claim on a man's world.
Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul.

There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden.
And those who would destroy it.

But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them-with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.

Discover more critically-acclaimed YA from Rachel Hartman!
Shadow Scale
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 164 x 241 x 40mm | 740g
  • Random House Books for Young Readers
  • United States
  • English
  • 1101931329
  • 9781101931325
  • 1,264,662

Review quote

"Wonderful, instantly immersive and deeply affecting." -The New York Times

"Hartman deftly reflects our own world's worries in this adventurous fantasy, but always with an eye toward hope and healing.... This is a much-needed book." -Booklist, starred review

"Hartman's inclusive world grapples with questions of sovereignty and colonization, religion, and gender in ways that both reflect and comment on our own world.... A compelling duology closer." -Kirkus Reviews
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About Rachel Hartman

RACHEL HARTMAN is the author of the acclaimed and New York Times bestselling YA fantasy novel Seraphina, which won the William C. Morris YA debut Award in 2013, and the New York Times bestselling sequel Shadow Scale and Tess of the Road. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time, she sings madrigals, walks her whippet in the rain, and is learning to fence. To learn more, please visit or
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Rating details

3.98 out of 5 stars
- 983 ratings
5 32% (312)
4 41% (402)
3 22% (220)
2 3% (34)
1 2% (15)
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