Audio Book (CD)
5.89 × 5.38 × 1.15 in
July 10, 2012
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307968928
ISBN - 13: 9780307968920
About the Book
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. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides.
Read from the Book
"He was going to kill you," I said, my chin quivering. "I had to do something."
Damn propriety. Forgive me, St. Clare.
I stepped forward and took him in my arms. He was exactly my height, which surprised me; my awe of him had made him seem taller. He emitted a whimper of protest, or maybe surprise, but wrapped his arms around me and buried his face in my hair, half weeping, half scolding me.
"Life is so short," I said, not sure why I was saying it, not even sure if that was really true for someone like me.
We were still standing there, clinging to each other, our feet ice-cold in the snow, when Orma landed on the next hilltop, followed closely by Basind. Kiggs lifted his head and stared at them, big-eyed. My heart fell.
I'd told him I had no devices. I'd lied right to the prince's face, and here was the proof: the dragon I'd called, and his dimwitted sidekick.
From the Publisher
Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed. Rachel Hartman’s award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you’ve never imagined them before…
In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer.
The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.
When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.
"Will appeal to both fans of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series and Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown." —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] lush, intricately plotted fantasy.” —The Washington Post
"Beautifully written. Some of the most interesting dragons I've read."
—Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
As a child, RACHEL HARTMAN played cello and lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters. The famous Renaissance song "Mille Regretz" first moved Rachel to write a fantasy novel rooted in music, but her inspiration didn't end there. She wrote Seraphina while listening to medieval Italian polyphony, Breton bagpipe-rock, prog metal, Latin American baroque, and Irish sean nós. Rachel Hartman lives with her family in Vancouver BC.
A New York Times BestsellerAn Indie BestsellerAn Amazon Top 20 Teen Book of the YearA Chicago Public Library Best of the Best BookA Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearA Library Journal Best Young Adult Literature for Adults SelectionA Booklist Editors' ChoiceAn ABA Top 10 Kids' Indie Next List SelectionAn ABC New Voices PickNominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science FictionWinner of the Cybil Award for Teen Fantasy and Science FictionA Publishers Weekly Flying Start AuthorAn ALA-ALSC Notable Children's BookAn ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults BooksWinner of the William C. Morris YA Debut AwardA YALSA Teens Top Ten NomineeChristopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon:"Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy for a long while. An impressive debut novel; I can't wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next."Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author of the Temeraire series:"A book worth hoarding, as glittering and silver-bright as dragon scales, with a heroine who insists on carving herself a place in your mind."Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper series:"Seraphina is strong, complex, talented--she makes mistakes and struggles to trust, with good reason, and she fights to survive in a world that would tear her apart. I love this book!"Alison Goodman, New York Times bestselling