Author: Hartman, Rachel
Seraphina, half-dragon and half-human, searches for others like her who can make the difference in the war between dragons and humans in the kingdom of Goredd.
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 6.20
Points: 24.0 Quiz: 172589
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Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Craft & Structure
Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/01/15)
School Library Journal (01/01/15)
Booklist (+) (12/01/14)
The Hornbook (00/03/15)
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Booklist - 12/01/2014 *Starred Review* Despite a prolonged wait, Hartman’s blazing sequel to her award-winning debut, Seraphina (2012), will appease her passionate (and patient) fans. With the kingdom of Goredd caught in the crossfire of a dragon civil war, Seraphina is tasked with finding her fellow ityasaari (human-dragon half-breeds), whose strange abilities may be able to protect the capital city. While the exiled dragon leader Comonot and his allies enact a risky plan to end the war, Seraphina travels as an emissary to the other kingdoms to gather those she thinks of as her family. As she makes contact with a host of rich, idiosyncratic characters, Seraphina is haunted by thoughts of the one she does not want to find: Jannoula, who invaded her mind as a child. Though barred from Seraphina’s mind, Jannoula remains a threat, and her insidious diversion of Seraphina’s mission is devastating, driving her to finally confront the shadow self that she has locked away. Aside from a few key moments, Hartman wisely relegates the larger war to the background in favor of Seraphina’s story. Though the pacing occasionally lags across this lengthy, tangled novel, the intricate plotting, clever surprises (including the identities of Goredd’s Saints), and lovely prose make this a worthy conclusion for all of Hartman’s big-hearted characters. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Morris-winning Seraphina was a commercial and critical breakout. Major monthly promotions, school visits, and social media campaigns are planned. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2015 Gr 7 Up—This sequel to the award-winning Seraphina (Random, 2012) takes the half-human, half-dragon girl on a search for others like herself. The revelation of Seraphina's true heritage has placed her in a position of power with Queen Glisselda who sends her on a mission to find other half-human/half-dragon beings. With her loyal friend, Abdo, she searches the lands for the creatures she has only met previously in dreams, in the hopes that they may trip the balance of power toward the kingdom of Goredd. Though the halflings were feared and reviled by the human population historically, some of them managed to hide in plain sight and were elevated to sainthood. With the insane Jannoula as their leader, these long-lived beings have emerged from hiding and are bent on taking control of Goredd and its human population. And, the love she and the Queen's intended, Kiggs, have for each other may ultimately destroy any chance Seraphina has for personal happiness. This is not a stand-alone story, and those who haven't read the first novel in the series will spend the first third of the novel getting caught up. By then, it may be too late for some, as the lengthy work suffered from an over-abundance of explanation of who the dragons were without really giving readers a sense of the main characters' ideals and motivations. Still, for lovers of Christopher Paolini's and Anne McCaffrey's dragon stories, this is an adequate addition to dragonlore.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.