Title: “Shadow Scale”
Publisher: Random House
Genre(s): fantasy, young
Part of a Series: Yes. Sequel to Seraphina
Why I read it: Because I loved Seraphina so much
and needed to know what happened next!
Summary: With a war with the dragons looming, Seraphina
needs to find the other half-dragons in the world in order to create St.
Alabaster’s Trap. Glisselda and Kiggs give her their blessing and support to go
visit Goredd’s neighbors to find them. Seraphina takes young Abdo, a fellow
half-dragon, with her as he could see their brethren using “mind light” better
than she could. She also hopes to find her uncle, Orma, who is in exile.
However, things grow complicated when a dangerous figure from her past threatens
everything she is working for. Will Seraphina be victorious? Or is her world
Review: I hesitated to put the romance tag up there
because this really isn’t a romance. It was framed as one, though, which
confused me when the story ended. Romance really, really took a backseat. In
fact, if I go by the Romance Writers of America definition, it wasn’t even a
romance. It was a love story. Of various sorts, which was nice. We had a bit
about Seraphina and Kiggs, which was sweet. There was some romance between Orma
and General Eskar, but that wasn’t really shown but told when Eskar revealed
what had happened to Seraphina. And then there’s another romantic surprise that
I won’t reveal here and let readers discover on their own.
The main relationship is Seraphina and Jannoula. It
really drives the story forward, especially once Jannoula becomes a fully formed
character. They are complete opposites. Seraphina has hidden her half-dragon
self so much, her abilities are locked inside her. Jannoula, though, has
embraced her self and uses her powers to further herself, despite spending most
of her life locked up physically. She manipulates people to attain her goals
while Seraphina tries to get them to agree of their own free will. It’s a great
Hartman does a great job in expanding the world she
created in Seraphina. It all feels natural and flows, all working well
together and nothing really clashing. She really is a great world builder. And
she creates amazing, unique characters that feel like real people—even in such
Bravo to her.
Bottom line: A great continuation of a great story.
Sex: Implied dragon sex.
Has a book ever surprised you with a romance?