Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


In the kingdom of Goredd, humans and dragons live together in a precarious state of peace. The famous Treaty created by Queen Lavonda and Ardmagar (dragon general) Comonot allows dragons to live in a human form called saarantrai and interact with humans. However, the dragons are closely monitored to ensure they don't develop the emotion that accompanies human form. In spite of the treaty and restrictions, distrust and prejudice still fill the country.

Seraphina, assistant to the head court musician, soon finds herself caught between the conflicting species. With dangerous secrets of her own, Seraphina feels sympathy for humans and dragons alike. As she becomes friends with Princess Glisselda and Prince Lucian Kiggs, Seraphina is drawn deeper into Goredd's conflict. Soon she must choose between her own safety and the peace and safety of her friends. The story of dragons and humans is an age old legend, but Hartman manages to present it in an entirely new light. Her story and characters are fascinating while still teaching valuable lessons about loyalty, truth, and the dangers of prejudice.

Recommended ages-13 and up

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