Reissue of the 1st ed. from 2012 using an identical ISBN; this version does not contain an edition statement, and has a Q & A with the author on p. -499. The 1st ed., without the Q & A, is cataloged separately.
Seraphina is a fantasy set in a world where dragons and humans live with a tenuous peace. As the book opens the forty year peace treaty between humans and dragons is about to expire and Seraphina, a gifted musician with a secret she yearns to keep finds herself in the court of the king. Seraphina is something that should not be, she is half human half dragon and has spent her life in layers of long dresses to hide the patches of dry scales that grow on her wrists and abdomen. She tries to remain unnoticed in the court, but her exceptional musical ability betrays her by drawing the attention of the royal family. Her own external and internal battles (she has an imaginary garden of characters in her head that she calls her grotesques and each night after she applies lotion to her scales to keep them from irritating her she must put all of the grotesques in her garden to bed so keep them from happy until the next night) are matched by a kingdom in turmoil. This intricately woven novel is a slow build but the author creates a rich fantasy world where we accompany Seraphina on a memorable journey.
Great new fantasy -- an antidote to Christopher Paolini's ripoff of Anne McCaffrey's Dragon- Human Bonding. Here the humans and dragons were always at war until a truce was called 40 years ago -- and Seraphina has a special role to play in what happens next. Muscular, interesting prose. Great characters -- pungent and unique. Can't wait for the next one -- she's clearly prepared the way for more books on Seraphina.
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