Saturday, February 14, 2015

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina is back again and her troubles are just beginning.  The person she thought she locked away is free and controlling other's minds.  War is imminent.  Her love is marrying the new queen.  And her uncle has gone on a journey and has not returned...

Random House Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 10th.

Seraphina's beloved city is coming under attack and she decides to try to find the other half dragon, half human beings to try to mount a protective wall around the city.  This sounds like a good idea until she finds that they are a very odd group of people who have various physical and mental defects.  While she tries to work with them, she also discovers that the person she locked away in a cottage in her mind is loose and taking over their minds.

She has to fight that, worry about her friends and uncle, and travel impossible distances to get allies set up for the potential war.  Dragons are formidable warriors and they are hard to stop.

The original book, Seraphina, was excellent and I bought a copy for my personal library.  I found this book to be a good read and it explained a lot of what was discovered in the first book.  But it just didn't grab me and hold me as the first book did.  It's good, but it's not great.  However, I would not have missed the opportunity to see the rest of Seraphina's story.  I just wish it was a little more happy ever after for her.

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