In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy."
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
NOMINEE 2014 - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
FINALIST 2012 - Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
WINNER 2012 - Amazon Best of the Year
FINALIST 2012 - Cybils
WINNER 2012 - Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) New Voices Selection
WINNER 2013 - William C. Morris YA Debut Award
WINNER 2013 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER - Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award
NOMINEE - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
NOMINEE - ALA Best Books for Young Adults Top 10
WINNER 2013 - ALA Notable Children's Book
SUBMITTED - Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
FINALIST 2015 - Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award
As a child, RACHEL HARTMAN played cello, lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters, and fostered the deep love of music that inspired much of Seraphina. Rachel earned a degree in comparative literature but eschewed graduate school in favor of bookselling and drawing comics. Born in Kentucky, she has lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She now lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. To learn more, please visit SeraphinaBooks.com or RachelHartmanbooks.com