It's so RARE that we all agree on a book here at Books Inc. that we HAD to share this one with you! Behold, the Books Inc. Kids popularity contest winner (we didn't even know we HAD a popularity contest), SERAPHINA! Good for ages 10+
people too... or at least, they have the option to be in Seraphina's
world. Humans and dragons have worked out a fragile truce, which is
constantly under threat from the violent members of both races-- and it falls
to Seraphina, to combat a conspiracy that would bring ruinous war.
Brilliant storytelling, a fresh and winning voice, and a wholly original
approach to the dragon myth make this an exciting, unforgettable read. --Tom
Gartner, buyer from Books Inc.
responded like this to a book since I first read Eon: The Last Dragoneye
by Alison Goodman. Seraphina is about bigotry, and the church that feeds
it. It is a warning, and illuminates the path away from that sin. Tough going,
I wouldn’t give it to anyone younger than 4th grade.
Deeply great stuff. –Elizabeth, children’s specialist from Books Inc. Alameda
I’ll be the first to admit that typically, when confronted
with a book about dragons, I shy away. It’s an old prejudice, one that was
proved gloriously wrong by Rachel Hartman’s breath-taking debut, Seraphina.
Though Hartman’s writing style pays homage to fantasy great J.R.R. Tolkien, and
has faint echoes of Megan Whalen Turner’s prose, her world and her characters
are completely of her own devising. Masterful pacing and superb character
development keep the pages turning, but it was the expert world-building that
stirred my imagination. The world of Seraphina is one that I have never
seen before, and is also one to which I am eager to return. For once, I found
myself thinking, thank goodness it’s a series! --Maggie, Children’s Department Director
crave an exquisite fantasy of substance, you have found your prize.
is a singularly beautiful story of identity, passion, and, yes, dragons!
Hartman has designed a world and characters that are
complex and engaging, and her prose
is absolutely brilliant, not a word wasted in creating each perfectly
crafted scene and conversation. This book will question your
preconceptions, enliven your imagination, and expand your vocabulary, all in
due measure. --Tanya,
manager at Books Inc. Palo Alto
I don’t usually read YA but I found this book quickly caught
my interest. It’s an amazing story about a girl who is a brilliant musician, an
intrepid investigator, who also possesses boundless charm and spirit. She’s
haunted by a dark and terrible secret; her mother is a DRAGON! (Ages 12+) --Josh Books Inc. Berkeley