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Shadow Scale

Author:  Rachel Hartman

Genre:   Fantasy

Rating:   L

Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

 Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion:  Wow!!!!  I didn’t see this ending coming at all!    I really enjoyed this last book.  I’m a little bit sad that the series is over.  I was hoping that this would be a trilogy at least.  The author covered a whole lot of territory in this book.  Given the amount that she covered, I was surprised that the book was so short.  It didn’t feel rushed though; she gave adequate depth to all the territory.  

Although this series is over, I would be very interested in reading other fantasy that she writes.  

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“I heard a scream,” said Dame Okra. “I considered calling the Guard, but I decided to see what had happened first. Maybe someone merely saw a rat.” She sneered at Lady Corongi. “Close enough.”

Author: Rachel Hartman

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: Loved it

Here’s a synopsis of the book:

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.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I forgot what blog featured this book, but it looked so interesting that I decided to buy it. It was wonderful. I thought that the author had a very interesting take on dragons. I just about every fantasy book that I’ve read, Eragon being the exception, dragons are pretty much beasts. They aren’t usually portrayed as having a culture or being able to learn and grow. And certainly no fantasy I’ve read has dragons as being able to take human form and be able to sire children with humans. I am hoping that in future books, the author will go into detail as to how dragons are able to assume human form.

I really liked the character Seraphina. I really felt for her trying pass as completely human. What a knife’s edge to walk everyday!!! And particularly because she worked in the castle teaching the second heir to the throne. I’m surprised that she wasn’t found out long before she was. I felt rather bad for her father. I cannot even imagine learning that the person you married didn’t even have the courtesy to tell you that they weren’t human; to have someone who supposedly “loves” you put you in such legal danger without your consent. I was somewhat annoyed with the dad for not being a loving father to Seraphina, but then this world was medieval in their attitudes. If you’ve spent a lifetime being taught that dragons are soulless, that would cause a lot of internal conflict in how to relate to your half-dragon child. All things considering, he did the best he could.

Anyway, I’m really excited to see how this series turns out!!! This promises to be a very interesting kind of war- a war of ideology and different generations. I’m hoping that the human population does a lot of changing. The dragons really gave up a lot in order to keep peace, and they get little in return but contempt. You would have thought that one of the dragons would have snapped by now.

Maybe fighting together for peace will make the difference.

Anyway, I would highly recommend this book!!!