Shadow Scale: A Companion To Seraphina by Rachel HartmanShadow Scale: A Companion To Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale: A Companion To Seraphina

byRachel Hartman

Hardcover | March 10, 2015

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The hotly anticipated sequel to The New York Times bestseller Seraphina!
A dragon war comes to Goredd in the much-anticipated sequel to the Governor General's Award-nominated novel Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
As Seraphina Dombegh travels the Southlands in search of the other half-dragons to help in the war effort, the dragon general Comonot and his Loyalists fight against the upstart Old Guard with the fate of Goredd and the other human countries hanging in the balance.
RACHEL HARTMAN was born in Kentucky and has lived a variety of places, including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She has a BA in Comparative Literature, but she eschewed graduate school in favour of drawing comic books. She now lives in Vancouver with her family, their whippet, and a talking frog and salamander.
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Title:Shadow Scale: A Companion To SeraphinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 8.52 × 5.81 × 1.86 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385668600

ISBN - 13:9780385668606

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautifully written A beautifully written sequel. I love Rachel Hartman's writing style and I loved seeing more of the world she created. But I finished the book feeling a bit cheated. Anything that I loved about the first book was either pushed to the side or non existent in this sequel. All of the characters from the first book that I grew to love were sidelined to make way for MANY new characters that aren't fleshed out enough and I have no attachment to. Even characters that are important to the plot of the first book are barely seen in this sequel (Kiggs, Glisselda, Orma especially). Orma, my favourite character, gets only 1 page (excluding flashbacks), and an epilogue, and we are left with unanswered questions regarding him. We're actually left with a lot of unanswered questions as a whole. It pains me so much to give this only 3 stars, because I truly believe that it could easily be given 4, but I just can't get over my bitterness on what Hartman chose to focus on in this book, instead of the interesting things that were already established.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic finale Shadow Scale opens up the world of Seraphina on a much more epic scale. The story begins with the dragon civil war, but it also takes us through the different kingdoms as Seraphina goes around gathering other ityasaari (half-dragons) like her. While the dragons are fighting their war, the human kingdoms are also having upheavals regarding their leadership and how their relations with Tanamoot would be continued. The story takes into it several threads, and brings them all together in an amazing finale. Seraphina's story had begun with her getting caught up in human-dragon politics and now she is becoming sort of an ityasaari ambassador of Goredd to other kingdoms. She ventures out, along with the others, to collect the other ityasaari so that they can protect the kingdom and aid in the civil war. At first, I thought it was a thin excuse to have her going around meeting everyone, but soon as one of the half-dragons from her garden starts to take centrestage, the real stakes of the story are established. Jannoula, who Seraphina had locked away in her mind, is reaching out to the other half-dragons, and her presence during the dragon civil war is not a good sign. Seraphina faces the challenge of standing against a powerful ityasaari whom she had barely outwitted the last time, and as Jannoula's influence spreads, Seraphina's allies keep dwindling. Coupled with this is the question that we had been asking in Seraphina about how rare the ityasaari are. While Seraphina takes us through each kingdom, Ninys, Sam Sam and then Porphyria, we see how the attitudes towards the dragons shapes the ityasaari in each kingdom. Ninys and Sam Sam are vehemently anti-dragon, the latter more so, and the half-dragons there live a life of seclusion. In Porphyria, however, they are given amnesty, so their treatment is different. Even so, existing political ties to Tanamoot mean that the saars living in exile there also are invested in the outcome of the dragon civil war. Seraphina's challenge is to get her allies to cooperate on a single objective, and to prevent Goredd from being ravaged by dragon armies and the new leadership of Sam Sam. The ending was a bit surprising, and considering the way it was basically a Deus Ex Machina, I also felt it was wrapped up too easily. The buildup until that point had promised a much more intense climactic scene than we got, but that worked, too, in a way. As for the world, as I said before, we get a much more complex and detailed building in this one. Much of what had already been established in Seraphina is now further examined in the light of new revelations. Also, I loved Porphyria very much, particularly because of their more open attitude towards dragons, and a much more inclusive society. In Seraphina, we had come across Lars and Viridius being Daanites (as in, gay) but here, in Porphyria, seven genders are accepted, and there is also a trans secondary character. There is also, in fact, a minor arc about gender identity and asking for pronouns, and not assuming anyone's gender, which I really liked. When it came to the romance, however, Shadow Scale took the less is more approach. Yes, Kiggs is still a love interest for Seraphina but their relationship is on the DL for Glisselda's sake. Even so, at the end, that part is resolved in a very nice manner, befitting the relationship these three characters have with each other. I wish it had been more explicit about it, rather than leave it to subtext and one line that had me going - umm, please explain? Suffice to say, I agree with Seraphina that it is their business but still, as a reader, I can't help but feel a little robbed of a clearly defined resolution to that love triangle. Overall, this book is an epic journey and a fitting sequel/finale to Seraphina
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book was interesting, but not as good as Seraphina. Seraphina has quite the adventure, but felt long and quite slow
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Loved the first but this dissappointed me I loved the first one, but the author tried to do too many things in the sequel and they all fell short. It's too bad. Read it just to see how the story ends, but don't have high expectations.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sequel It's a good book and I found it quite enjoyable to read, but like most sequels, it didn't quite live up to the standard set by the first book. I feel that it almost went a little overboard with certain things for some reason, but I'm not quite sure about that...
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I loved the first novel. This one doesn't quite measure up on the same level, but still worth the read.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Complications It was engaging at first, but as the story progresses the complications pile up a lot more.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really dissappointing Despite it's fluid prose, engaging characters, and original world, this book was a study in frustration. Not only was it mammoth, clocking in at nearly six hundred pages, there was very little action or humor to release what became a massive build up in tension and frustration. You got more and more annoyed watching them walk from place to place and discover more and more problems (though it felt like few of them actually happened on-page; they just got more and more bad news in every chapter). Without any sort of release, you were forced to turn all 550+ pages in the hopes of getting some sort of release or answers. Our main character felt largely impotent and useless, and while that is sometimes a good thing, it came across here as just really frustrating, especially as she was given almost no chances to redeem herself until the end. It was like one endless march towards an ending that, frankly, was a little underwhelming, as opposed to a fun roller coaster ride that would have several smaller little climbs and dips before the final big loop-de-loop. Overall, I feel kind of mentally exhausted and dissatisfied, but I can't deny that there was a certain artistry to it, so I'm going to be kind and give it 3 stars when, if I'm being completely honest, it was more like 2.5. I'm just so annoyed, because I HATE when books disappoint me, especially after such an auspicious start. Grrrr.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Seraphina is a gorgeously written and innovative fantasy book, and it's no secret that I loved it. The opportunity that we get to read more of Rachel Hartman's work, and as a follow up to Seraphina, is a privilege for all readers. Few books are as thoughtful and creative as Shadow Scale, which perfectly compliments the beauty of Seraphina. Reasons to Read: 1. A unique fantasy world: Logic and reason play a central role in the world of Shadow Scale, and it's very interesting how Rachel has worked these characteristics into the world. The mythology behind Shadow Scale's dragons is innovative and thought out carefully. The world building in Shadow Scale is some of the best I have read, and it plays a fundamental role in the story as Seraphina ventures outside of Goredd. I love how important politics are to this world, and how they move the story along and left me quickly turning the pages to discover more. 2. Complex, developed characters: Shadow Scale features a large cast of characters, but it's important to notice how much attention is given to such a large number of characters. Each have distinctive personalities, and I had no problem remember little details about them. Despite the fact that they can't all be as well-developed as the main character, the secondary characters are treated as complex, dynamic beings. 3. A truly charming story: Considering I read Seraphina about three years ago, I was impressed by how much of the story I recalled as I was reading Shadow Scale. I became heavily invested in the lives of these characters, and I genuinely cared about what happened to each and every one of them. That made this an incredibly emotional read for me as well, as the plot is exciting and the stakes are high. But it's for this last reason that I also had one little struggle with Shadow Scale. There is an epilogue, which did not sit as well with me as I had hoped. I cared about these characters, so I wanted to know what happens to them. I want to know about their lives and the outcomes. But the epilogue just didn't fit the rest of the story and its characters. It felt more like simply trying to wrap up all loose ends from the story, rather than following through on the events told in the previous pages; an ending that didn't feel like it fit the rest of the story. It's a small thing to point out, and the rest of Shadow Scale is breathtaking. But for this reason, Shadow Scale had just a tad less charm for me than Seraphina. For those of you who are less familiar with Seraphina, it is a book with a slower pace than some readers may be used to reading. Please don't let that deter you - these are wonderful books, but they need to be accepted for what they are. They tend to be slower readers, but they're the type of books which can be savoured and thought over for a long time to come. I'm still thinking about Seraphina, because it's the type of book that sticks with you and leaves a lasting impression. ARC received from publisher for review as part of a blog tour; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was a great rendition to the first book Seraphina I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best YA fantasy I've read this year I loved the first book. I loved the author 's tongue in cheek writing style. The world Seraphina lives in is vividly painted. The politics are reasonable. But the best thing is the characters. Especially Orma, bless his shrivelled heart. It is so not your typical YA. This second book was not as lighthearted. Things get tense and darker. Alliances shift unpredictably. I found myself anxious for the outcome, and only few books make me care that much. So yes, do read it.
Date published: 2015-04-18

Editorial Reviews

"The anticipation for the sequel to the multiple award-winning debut novel Seraphina is palpable. . . . Hartman’s prose is delicate, complex and gorgeous, and the world of these books is lushly articulated. . . . Another deeply wonderful, attention-deserving offering that should be picked up, and soon." —The Globe and Mail"[Hartman] continues to expand her world with enough history and detail to satisfy even the most questioning of readers, doing it all so naturally that it's hard to believe this is fiction. Dragon fiction has never flown higher. . . . here’s hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come." —Kirkus, starred review “…the intricate plotting, clever surprises.. and lovely prose make this a worthy conclusion for all of Hartman’s big-hearted characters.” —Booklist starred review "[Shadow Scale] outgrows Seraphina and sheds it like a skin. . . . [It is] refreshing and exciting. . . . I also loved, with a passion verging on the desperate, the fact that this fantasy world contains people of color, trans characters, gay characters. . . . Shadow Scale demonstrates that all these other ways of being are present and accounted for in the magnificent tapestry of its world."—NPR "The intricate plotting, clever surprises . . . and lovely prose make this a worthy conclusion for all of Hartman’s big-hearted characters." —Booklist, starred review "This is a tale of love, mistakes, double-crosses, and pain—one that left me tied up in knots!" —Tamora Pierce, New York Times-bestselling author