Seraphina Dombegh has a terrible secret, one that she must keep secret above all else, which has held her apart from others her entire life. While purposefully avoiding the attentions of other people, she has also had to disguise her extraordinary musical talent. But that changes when she is apprenticed to Viridius, the court musician. Whether for good or for bad, people will notice her. Both good and bad will come of it.
The fortieth anniversary of the signing of a peace treaty between the people of Goredd and the dragons is drawing near, but if anything, the tensions between the two are rising. And when the Crown Prince Rufus is attacked and killed in a mysteriously draconian fashion, the dragon leader who has come to Goredd for the celebration may be put in terrible danger. What happens may make the difference between peace and war.
As Seraphina slowly uncovers the secrets behind the murder of Prince Rufus, the attacks on the dragon leader, and her own secret she holds within her, she must try to prevent a war and accept herself—and help others to do the same.
I liked Seraphina because Seraphina—like all the other characters—was realistic. She wasn’t perfect and did make mistakes, but they made sense and were no more than any reader would have done in her shoes. There was also an excellent plot which had plenty of twists and turns and there was a bit of mystery and lots of magic. The sequel, Shadow Scale, was also enjoyable, although Seraphina remains my favorite.
Seraphina is catalogued in the ‘Young Adult’ section of most libraries and Seraphina is an older main character (later teens), so she might not be as interesting to much younger readers. Therefore, I would recommend Seraphina to readers 12 and up who are looking for a strong heroine, a complex plot, and a magical adventure with princesses and princes, dragons and dames, and many others besides.