Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is possibly my new all-time favorite dragon book. It’s such a unique take on the mythical creatures; in this story, dragons can take human form. Coexisting in the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans have had a truce for decades. But everything changes when the Prince is found dead, apparently murdered by a dragon. Seraphina is a young girl who is new to life as a musician at court. She hopes to stay out of the limelight in order to hide her dark and dangerous secret: she is a half-dragon, her existence forbidden. Despite her efforts to stay away from the investigation into the Prince’s murder, Seraphina can’t resist being pulled in by the captain of the guard, Lucian Kiggs.
If you’re tired of reading the same old fantasy novels over and over again, Seraphina is definitely for you. It’s new and unique, and the world Rachel Hartman built is complex and filled with three-dimensional characters. It has a little bit of something for everyone: mystery, court politics, action, and of course even a little romance. If you’re a fan of Anne McCaffrey and Robin McKinley, or are just looking for something different than the fantasy you usually read, I highly recommend this book.