Christopher Paolini’s blurb of Seraphina had me in fits to read it. He said:
“Beautifully written. Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”
The Inheritance Cycle was my true introduction to fantasy and dragons, so Paoilini’s blurb meant a lot.
Thankfully, his recommendation didn’t let me down.
Seraphina, a fantasy coming of age novel with a dash of romance, is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read this year.
In a few ways, it reminds me of Fire by Kristin Cashore. Other than the obvious fact they’re both fantasy novels, each boast of a bastard prince and have heroines whose abilities are often more a curse than a blessing, in their beginnings.
Rachel Hartman takes her time in setting up her tale*, but as the novel progresses, it picks up to quite a quick speed. Soon, there’s banging and crashing all over the place.
My love of music in books is far from a secret and Seraphina brings it out full force. She works in the castle as assistant to the court composer and is the type of musician that can make you feel the music and move her audience to a sense of awe. She’s that good. In the novel, there’s a description of music so vivid: “…screaming musical obscenities at the dawn.” How’s that for imagery?
My favorite part of reading fantasy novels is enjoying their detailed settings and Seraphina in no way let me down. It’s told in such a memorable way that I could easily go for paragraphs telling you about how to find Orma’s office, what kind of celebrations were occurring during Seraphina‘s version of New Year, and that fascinating room in Quighole, but believe me, you want to read it for yourself.
*Dragon pun- I couldn’t help it.