Hartman, R. (2012). Seraphina. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.

Ages: 12+

Summary: In a medieval world where dragons and humans exist, Seraphina doesn’t know quite where she fits in. Her mother died in birth, she had a lonely childhood, and she felt like her entire existence was a secret. During her childhood, Seraphina learned she is naturally gifted with music, which lead her to join the court as a musician. When a member of the court is murdered by what seems to be a rogue dragon attack, Seraphina attempts to figure out the cause. But she must be careful, because Seraphina has a secret  – one that could cost her life.

Appeal: This book has definite appeal to anything who enjoys fantasy. Dragons, princes, princesses, and more are woven throughout this epic novel, creating a wonderful story that draws the reader in from the very beginning. It can be enjoyed by both young adults and adults alike, due to the length and depth of the story.

Limitation: I will admit, I had to look up multiple definitions while reading this book. Much of the language belongs to an older era, and in order to get the full effect of the story, I found myself looking up many definitions.

Rating: *****


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