Live Chat with Rachel Hartman, Elizabeth Laban and Alexandra Monir February 28, 2013

Random House debut authors chat

Join Random House authors RACHEL HARTMAN (Seraphina, New York Times bestseller and Morris Award winner), ELIZABETH LABAN (The Tragedy Paper), and ALEXANDRA MONIR (Timeless), along with Knopf Books for Young Readers editor ERIN CLARKE, for a live chat on Figment.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Join the chat here

The event will include a half-hour moderated question-and-answer period.

Praise for Seraphina: “Full of grace and gravitas. Readers loath to turn the last page of this lush, intricately plotted fantasy will rejoice in the knowledge of next summer’s as-yet-untitled sequel.” — Washington Post

Praise for Tragedy Paper: “relatable and unusually gripping, even for an older reader…Romantic love, hard work, loyalty, friendship, suffering: Like the great tragedies that inspired the novel, it’s all here. LaBan’s take on adolescent life is rendered in the sweet, intelligent tradition of John Irving, but without any of the prep-school genre’s self-satisfaction.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Praise for Timeless: “a captivating romance and mystery spanning three decades of high-society life and intrigue in New York City.” — Amazon Best Books of the Month

Enter to win a prize pack of debut novels from Random House: Seraphina, The Tragedy Paper, Timeless (and its sequel Timekeeper) and Dualed, by Elsie Chapman

Check out my review of Seraphina here


Seraphina Review

By: Rachel Hartman
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

My Rating:

I had Seraphina on my must read list for a good while and bought it right when it released. Oddly enough, it sat for weeks before I got to reading it. Well, I should have read it sooner, I loved it.

The Story:
This is a high fantasy about…dragons, but its a different take on dragons than you are used to. These dragons can make themselves into human form and attend as ambassadors with the humans and also serve as teachers. The humans and dragons have been living under a treaty for forty years that allows them to live in peace with one another. The story centers on Seraphina (what a wonderful name). She is an accomplished musician but she hides a dangerous secret. She finds herself living in the King’s court right in the midst of a murder investigation that looks strangely like a dragon could be responsible. She joins forces with Prince Lucian Kiggs to investigate the murder that strains the treaty right as it is due to expire. I find a lot of high fantasy moves rather slowly but this story picked up and ran for me.

The Characters:
Rachel Hartman does an exquisite job fleshing her characters out, even the secondary characters. They are all well rounded and you have a real sense of their individual motives. As you read you see development in our main character, Seraphina. She is not stagnant but continues to grow as the story progresses. Prince Lucian Kiggs is wonderful and has great dialog with Seraphina.

The Cover:
I love the line drawing and can’t say much more than its just beautiful.

An ebook prequel has been published to give you more insight into Seraphina’s audition.

Summary via Goodreads:

Audition tells the story of Seraphina’s audition process with Master Viridius, to become the assistant music composer and Princess Glisselda’s music tutor.

You can read Audition here

Note: I am now just reviewing Seraphina though I read it 3-4 months ago because I wasn’t blogging at the time I read it.

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