Seraphina -
Get lost in the magical world where dragons fold themselves into human form and walk among people. The Kingdom of Goredd has enjoyed 40 years of peace between dragons and humans, inviting dragons to serve court as ambassadors and to use their rational, mathematical minds to serve as teachers. Even though the dragons have been “folding themselves up” and wearing human skins for many years, the people of Goredd continue to mistrust them. So much so, dragons must wear bells attached to their clothing when in public to alert every one of their presence.Seraphina is a young girl living amidst all the turmoil at court. She is finally free of her father’s watchful eye and making her own way as the assistant to the castle’s music master. Her gift for music is unrivaled and quickly puts her in the spotlight – a place her father always told her to avoid. When a member of the royal family is murdered, all clues point to the work of a dragon. People are on high alert as the stress of the Treaty Anniversary is close at hand. Are the dragons tired of this tenuous peace and fighting back or are humans attempting to sabotage the successful blending of two species? Seraphina wants to find out more than anyone, but is she willing to reveal her secret in order to find the answer?Rachel Hartman does a beautiful job crafting this fantastical world. Seraphina is a brave though reluctant heroine. Mandy Williams uses her melodic voice to paint Seraphina’s world for the listener. Justine Eyre plays a smaller role by giving voice to Seraphina’s mother, which provides the listener with much needed information about dragon life and gives us clues as to the true intent of the crimes against the royal family. For people who love the dragon works of Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin or Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Seraphina is definitely a book you need to try. You will be transported to a magical world on dragon’s wings.