“I am a little torn as to how to rate this one. I thought the writing was amazing, and it really was a very original take on the concept of dragons. Set in a fantastical world where major warfare was raged between humans and dragons decades earlier. calmer times have settled in to the kingdom of Goredd. A young lady by the name of Seraphina Dombegh seems perfectly positioned to tell the tale of what is happening.
All is not well in Goredd. While dragons live in the capital city, serving as ambassadors and other visitors, the human residents definitely do not trust them. In fact, there is an air of racism that runs through the human population that seems to sometimes quickly turn to anger and even result in racist attacks that lead to injury and even sometimes death.
Seraphina is drawn right into the center of events for a number of reasons. The most obvious to outsiders is that she is a talented musician who has been brought to the center of court life just as a member of the royal family is murder. There seems to be little question that the dragons likely had something to do with the death, but Phina finds herself becoming part of an investigation that will identify a plot to bring back the wars and possibly tear apart the kingdom, nevermind her own dark secret.
I just thought this was a great book. My one complaint is that the book sometimes gets distracted by a dreamlike environment that draws Phina in from time to time. The place is people by a group of personalities with vary descriptive names. Visiting this environment, which is set totally in her mind, is a way for Phina to confront and handle her own secret past, but it also consistently slows down the action and the story. I found myself wanting to skip ahead to where the real events were taking place.
With all of this said, these sequences in her mind really are crucial to Phina's own character development, allowing her to get a better sense of her place in the world.
I have to admit that I am not sure that I am interested enough to read further into future events of the story. That seems kind of odd, though, since I can honestly say that I liked what I read. I just felt like it moved along SOOO slowly, particuarly in the beginning.
I do think that fans of dragons, such as those who read Christopher Paolini's Eragon or other similar epic tales will really swallow this up. In some ways, it almost felt like a junior version of Game of Thrones, which is pretty exciting.”