In a young readers market dominated by sexy paranormal creatures, its refreshing to return to an epic fantasy about good old-fashioned dragons although Seraphina isnt exactly old-fashioned. Its a novel that will appeal to both fans of Christopher Paolinis Eragon series and Robin McKinleys The Hero and the Crown.
Full of grace and gravitas, Seraphinas first-person voice is a welcome change from todays snark-infested YA novels. Readers loath to turn the last page of this lush, intricately plotted fantasy will rejoice in the knowledge of next summers as-yet-untitled sequel.
★ Hartman creates a rich story layered with intriguing characters and descriptive settings. Seraphina is a complex and fully developed protagonist This unique novel (left open for a sequel) will surely appeal to fans of Christopher Paolinis Eragon books (Knopf) and wherever readers enjoy fantasies.
School Library Journal, Starred
★ In Hartmans splendid prose debut, humans and dragonswho can take human form but not human feelinghave lived in uneasy peace for 40 years Dragon books are common enough, but this one is head and talons above the rest.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
★ To the innovative concept and high action, add Seraphinas tentative romance with Kiggs. . . . rich language lively with humor and sprinkled with an entire psaltery of saints and an orchestras 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.
Horn Book Magazine, Starred
★ Hartman proves dragons are still fascinating in this impressive high fantasy. Equal parts political thriller, murder mystery, bittersweet romance, and coming-of-age story, this is an uncommonly good fantasy An exciting new series to watch.
★ Establishes Hartman as an exciting new talent Theres a lot to enjoy in Hartmans debut, from the admirably resourceful heroine and intriguing spin on dragons to the intricately described medievalesque setting and emphasis on music and family.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
The line between reality and illusion is a thin one and often crossed, making Seraphina's world all the more intriguing. Reading this novel is like falling into Alice's rabbit hole and never wanting to come out. [5Q=Hard to imagine it being better written | 4P = Broad general or genre appeal]
Voice of Youth Advocates (5Q, 4P)
Her world-building is so detailed and well-integrated, each character and place so well-drawn, one wonders if they truly exist somewhere Endorsed by fantasy powerhouses such as Christopher Paolini and Tamora Pierce, Seraphina is an engaging and innovative fantasy that uses the plights of dragons and humans as an allegory for the real prejudices we all must face.
BookPeople children's buyer Meghan Goel says [Seraphina, a] ‘wonderful new dragon fantasy, should be on your to-get list for July; it's also snagged praise from the likes of ERAGON best-selling author Christopher Paolini.
Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons Ive read in fantasy for a long while. An impressive debut novel; I can't wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next.
Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon
Seraphina is strong, complex, talentedshe makes mistakes and struggles to trust, with good reason, and she fights to survive in a world that would tear her apart. I love this book!
Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper series
A wonderful mix of thrilling story, fascinating characters, and unique dragonlore. I loved being in Seraphinas world!
Alison Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona
I picked it up and couldnt put it down! I was thinking I might cross-shelve it in Fantasy, as it is not too totally teen, and fans of Anne McCaffery and Robin Hobb might find it as well.
Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO
I loved this book. The characters were complex and the world was original and richly developed. I have read a lot of fantasy books with dragons, but this one has a very unusual twist. Hopefully, this author will write more novels in the future, and I look forward to eagerly devouring them.
Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
"Seraphina is one of those books that comes around rarely that firmly grips the imagination by the scruff of the throat and shakes it. The way which Hartman has constructed her narrative world is sick. When the book degenerated into a proper witch hunt I knew I was absolutely in love with this character."
Schuler Books and Music, Lansing, MI
I only ordered two copies of Seraphina by Rachel Harman. I finished reading it last night. I need to change the quantity to 15. Seriously… The woman can write! It's driving me nuts that I can't talk to "my" readers about the plot until they've gotten a chance to read it… I'm already telling people about it and they're going to get it once it's published I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.
Alexander Book Co, San Francisco, CA
I just read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and WOW! I just loved it. What a breathtaking and mature debut! I entered my review for Indie Bound, and Shannon and I are still figuring out how to give it special attention. It already has lots of support in our office, and after our kids meeting today, it sounds like we arent the only fans! We're going to be featuring it, along with dragon books of the stores' choosing in July.
Books Inc, San Francisco, CA
I have read Seraphina, and I am going to read it a second timeI want to blurb it for the store… The teen audience is pretty much guaranteed! I can only hope there will be a sequel Dont leave me hanging!
Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
You must read it for yourself!
Village Books in Bellingham, WA
I think you may have the next Harry Potter. There have been dozens of writers that have tried to capture the magic interwoven in the Potter series. This is the first book I've read that has that same exceptional quality.
Warwicks, San Diego, CA
A beautifully-written fantasy debut about a young girl's journey to gain acceptance of herself.