Dragons, medieval music, intrigue, a feisty
female protagonist, an author who has an obvious love of language
and dragons. What
is not to like? I have to say that I immensely enjoyed reading Seraphina,
and I consider it to be one of the best-constructed fantasies Ive read in recent
years. And it has some of the most interesting dragons I have ever come across
Dragons who can take human form, but when they do so must control their emotions (just
like Vulcans, yes).
Seraphina is a talented musician and assistant to the court composer in
the land of Goredd. When a royal Prince, Rufus, is killed while hunting in a manner that
implicates a dragon (okay, his head was bitten off), the fragile peace between humans and
dragons is endangered. The questions are, who killed him, and why? And who benefits from
the threat of war? Seraphina is caught up in all of this, and her secret heritage may well
be revealed in the process of discovering the truth.
This novel has an elegant plot, a well-developed setting, interesting
characters, and Hartmanns gift for lyrical prose just adds the icing to a very tasty
read. I heartily recommend it.