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Seraphina : [a novel] /

by Hartman, Rachel.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Random House, c2012Edition: 1st ed.Description: 465 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780375866562 (hardcover) :; 0375866566 (hardcover); 9780375896583 (ebook); 0375896589 (ebook); 9780375966569 (library binding); 0375966560 (library binding).Title notes: $17.99 8-2012 (db)Subject(s): Identity -- Fiction | Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction | Dragons -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | Music -- Fiction | Courts and courtiers -- Fiction | Fantasy | Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Juvenile fiction | Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction | Dragons -- Juvenile fiction | Secrets -- Juvenile fiction | Music -- Juvenile fiction | Courts and courtiers -- Juvenile fiction | Fantasy fictionSummary: In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
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Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed.  Rachel Hartman's award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you've never imagined them before... <br>   <br> In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side - while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer.<br> <br> The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.<br> <br> When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive--and dashing--Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina's struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult... while its discovery could mean her very life.<br>   <br> "Will appeal to both fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon series and Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown ." -- Entertainment Weekly <br> <br> "[A] lush, intricately plotted fantasy." -- The Washington Post <br> <br> "Beautifully written. Some of the most interesting dragons I've read."<br> --Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon

$17.99 8-2012 (db)

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">"He was going to kill you," I said, my chin quivering.  "I had to do something." Damn propriety.  Forgive me, St. Clare.   I stepped forward and took him in my arms.  He was exactly my height, which surprised me; my awe of him had made him seem taller.  He emitted a whimper of protest, or maybe surprise, but wrapped his arms around me and buried his face in my hair, half weeping, half scolding me. "Life is so short," I said, not sure why I was saying it, not even sure if that was really true for someone like me. We were still standing there, clinging to each other, our feet ice-cold in the snow, when Orma landed on the next hilltop, followed closely by Basind.  Kiggs lifted his head and stared at them, big-eyed.  My heart fell. I'd told him I had no devices.  I'd lied right to the prince's face, and here was the proof: the dragon I'd called, and his dimwitted sidekick. Excerpted from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

The royal court of Goredd is celebrating forty years of an uneasy peace with dragonkind, but the festivities take a darker turn when Prince Rufus is found murdered. Assistant music mistress Seraphina tries to unmask the killer (aided by Prince Lucian Kiggs, Rufus's nephew), all the while concealing her own relationship with dragons, a secret stretching far up her family tree. Hartman's depiction of these powerful dragons is unique in fantasy literature: capable of assuming human form, the dragons are nonetheless awkward with human customs and vulnerable to human emotions, which are forbidden by the dragon censors. This representation is used to good effect in the character of Seraphina's teacher Orma, a dragon in human form constantly being tested by his fellows lest he betray an unseemly connection to his student. To the innovative concept and high action, add Seraphina's tentative romance with Kiggs (himself betrothed to another), rich language lively with humor and sprinkled with an entire psaltery of saints and an orchestra's worth of medieval instruments, and a political conspiracy aimed at breaking the dragon-human truce, and what you have is an outstanding debut from author-to-watch Hartman. anita l. burkam (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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