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. (Taken from Goodreads)
This is an excellent fantasy debut that deserves so much recognition, which I hope it does get.
The world in which this novel is set in is truly original. I have not read anything like this before and brings a whole new element to the characters of dragons. I loved how Hartman brought her own spin onto an already well-developed mythical creature.
The in-depth history that was showcased through out the novel was wonderful and very well thought out. When ever I found myself questioning or wanting to know more about a certain aspect of the history of that world, I would turn the page and find that the author had answered all my questions in the next page.
The ending of this novel was just WOW. I never saw it coming and it left me feeling a sense of closure from the book. Overall this novel could stand as a single novel but from what I hear there is going to be a sequel, which I am already excited for.
This is definitely a book that you should read in 2012 and one which I am 100% certain that everyone will enjoy.
A copy of this book was received from Netgalley for free and all opinions expressed are own through reading this book.