Dragons abound in the world author Rachel Hartman has created. They take human form, acting as ambassadors, teachers, and in many other functions. But it is illegal for humans and dragons to marry. Seraphina’s father is a lawyer, a great keeper of the law. How this could have happened is unthinkable, and no one must ever find out.
At sixteen, against her father’s wishes, Seraphina accepts a position as assistant to the royal court musician. She is now in the spotlight and must take great pains to conceal the scales on her arms and around her waist, not to mention the visions she falls into unexpectedly.
Raised primarily by her dragon uncle, Orma (in his human form), she has a good understanding of both the
dragon and the human world. She struggles to help Prince Lucian preserve the 40-year peace between dragons and humans, while keeping her dangerous secret.
Even for a fantasy novel where there is a tremendous amount of world building to be done at the beginning, Seraphina a bit slow to start. But it’s worth it. Seraphina is a compelling character, and her uncle Orma is even more intriguing as he struggles to protect his niece in a political climate where showing concern for humans is not permitted.
Seraphina is fantasy, adventure, political intrigue, and a bit of romance rolled into one. At 480 pages it's a longer read than most for ages 12 and up, but I for one can’t wait for the sequel that's promised!