When it comes to Shadow Scale I confess I remain conflicted Hartman s highly anticipated seuel to Seraphina is the type of novel I ve one and pinned all my hopes and dreams on I loved Seraphina like I ve loved few other books when I first read it and its beauty never dwindled upon my multiple re reads Thus I expected to adore Shadow Scale just as much as I loved its predecessor Unfortunately though Shadow Scale is a beautifully written seuel and a truly impeccable ending "To This Unexpected Duet I Still Have "this unexpected duet I still have ualm too many with it Shadow Scale picks up roughly three months after the events of Seraphina which the country on the verge of civil war ueen Glissenda and Prince Lucian Kiggs send Seraphina on a mission to ather all the half dragons she possibly can as magical abilities only they possess may be the key to winning a war #AGAINST DRAGONS THE FIRST HALF OF SHADOW SCALE IS #dragons The first half of Shadow Scale is to Seraphina s journey as she travels the kingdom in search of other half dragons Hartman s world building truly shines within these pages for every region of this fictional country is teeming with its own customs religion and bias Everywhere Seraphina travels she is treated differently as a half dragon and what s the other half dragons she meets have endured circumstances far removed from her own Though Seraphina expects to ather a Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War group of people who can instantly connect to one another due to their shared experiences the reality is far complex than she can imagine Building upon Seraphina s insecurities from its predecessor Shadow Scale continues to challenge Seraphina to think beyond her own life experiences and bind these half dragons for the betterment not only of her nation but of her own heart as well Hartman infuses each of these half dragons with personalities so distinct thatetting to know them feels like falling in love with aspects of Seraphina herself From living in her mind s Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French garden there is already such a strong link between the strangers Seraphina meets and our beloved heroine herself and though the first half of this novel feels slow in many ways as it is the build up to the tension in the last half it is also necessary Despite tackling such a large host of characters most of them newly introduced in Shadow Scale Hartman maneuvers them with ease and the end result the reader feeling just as close with nearly ten half dragons as Seraphina does is remarkable Yet the first half is not merely about Seraphina discovering and meeting these half dragons No Hartman introduces our villain into these first few hundred pages as well and the depth and moral ambiguity she isiven from the start makes Shadow Scale a fascinating read Jannoula a half dragon with the capacity to take over the minds of other half dragons is both pitiable and dangerous As Seraphina travels finding new half dragons every region she Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America goes to she also discovers that many of these half dragons have been possessed by Jannoula who has her own agenda Though she claims to want to help Seraphinaather the half dragons her unwillingness to let o of their minds is frightening particularly as neither Seraphina nor any other half dragon knows how to fight her and combat her powers Jannoula s shadow follows Seraphina on her journeys in Shadow Scale and as the tensions come to a head during the last half of the novel Seraphina fighting to discover where her uncle Orma is the half dragons attempting to expel Jannoula from their minds the civil war creeping closer to home Hartman proves her incredible ability to write Just as with Seraphina I couldn t predict the plot twists revealed in the second half of this narrative and the resolution reached by the end was truly satisfying Moreover I loved the heart breaking plot line concerning Seraphina s uncle Orma Within the pages of Shadow Scale is a rare epilogue that is truly wonderful Although I didn t expect at first for Shadow Scale to be the end of this short series I couldn t have asked for a better ending to the duet and Hartman s scope of imagination has convinced me that she will hopefully return to this world as there remain many stories left to be told Where my disappointments with this narrative arise however are with the romance Shadow Scale could have easily simply been the first half of itself forcing readers to wait for a third novel to discover how the plot thickened and came to a resolution By choosing to write a duet Hartman allows her plot to thrive as readers are able to witness the back to back nature of the tensions at once instead of with a year in between Yet the rich relationships developed in Se. Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists At last her eagerly awaited seuel has arrived and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragonsThe kingdom of Goredd a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth Serap. S very villainous and well done I truly hated her which is what #All Good Villains Cause Me #good villains cause me do I just wish the heroine would have been her match She just really wasn t There was a lot of world building in this book done mostly through Seraphina traveling The traveling ot old after a while We Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity get to meet all of the characters that are in her mentalarden and I enjoyed meeting most of them however the character development was not there This was partly because of Janoula invading their minds and taking over but not entirely There was one character that was thrown from his horse and terribly injured and was upset about it but I wasn t BECAUSE HE T DEVELOPED ENOUGH he wasn t developed enough a character for me to careThe ending makes me kind of angry After reading all those pages there couldn t have been a resolution to the whole thing with Orma And the romance was just a huge disappointment the way it ends up view spoiler Kiggs and Glisselda who really have a brother sister type relationship marry near the end of the book for the Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism good of the kingdom and because they promised the ueen they would before she died And it seems as though Kiggs and Seraphina are to become lovers Glisselda has revealed that she is also in love with Seraphina She revealed this after she finds out that Kiggs and Seraphina are in love with each other This seemed to come out of nowhere There were no hints to it at all ever that Glisselda had those sorts of feelings for Seraphina It felt forced into the story She kisses Seraphina at this point and tells her she and Kiggs have her blessing Seraphina then realizes something about herself but we are not told what that is In the end it is stated that they are all fine with the arrangement they have made and the way they feel about each other is between them It made me wonder if they weren toing to have some weird sort of threesome I seriously don t want to have thoughts of threesomes in my head while reading a YA book Hopefully I was reading too much into it Regardless I don t like the idea of Seraphina being Kiggs s mistress and not his wife hide spoiler Shortly following the events of Seraphina Shadow Scale shows us a different side of the eponymous heroine For the first time in her life Seraphina is free For the first time every she s free from the fear of hiding her half dragon half human parentage and lives as a valued important even loved member of Goredd s court Serving openly as a trusted adviser to ueen Glisselda Seraphina helps Selda Boggs: A Comedy of Values grapple with her new rulership in the midst of a draconian war that threatens the lives of all in Goredd and to the south In order to protect from impending attack and devastation the ueen turns to Seraphina and the legend of a magical net that she and her other halfling kind the Ityasaari alone can cast It is up to Seraphina toather the other half human half dragons she has cultivated in her mind Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago garden and band them together to protect the home the people and the dragons she lovesFellow readers and Seraphina lovers this is a hard review for me to writeIt s hard because I loved Seraphina so very much when it first came out I loved the pressures that Seraphina faced in Goreddian society the thread of music and magic that ran throughout the book the uiet romantic storyline between Seraphina and Kiggs I loved the lyrical writing and the fascinating realm of magic and draconic lore that Rachel Hartman wove into ever page of that first book This is in some ways an unfairness to Shadow Scale because I came into the book with such lofty expectations and hopes especially considering that I had to wait years for this seuelS 2014 Seriously how are youoing to publish one book in 2012 and then the next two years after That s not cool not cool at all man The suspense is absolutely killing me when it comes out I might have forgotten important things about Seraphina and will have to skim through it again or something I m just justUPDATE 43013Soit has a title How very interesting Now I can look forward to the cover release then finally the actual book looks at release date cries on the inside Why Rachel whyBy the way didn t it used to be tittled Dracomachina or something Oh well at least I can pronounce it nowUPDATE 103013WTFDid they just change it to 2015 I m Berlioz and the Romantic Century going too crazy waiting for this darn thing to come outI m having issues right now I will have forgotten everthing by then and will have to re read it I m so angryUPDATE 10114So it hs an official release date March 24 2015That s over a year awayWHYI DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS ISSERIOUSLYGUESS WE STILL HAVE MORE TO WAI. Tley crew she is pursued by humans who want to stop her But the most terrifying is another half dragon who can creep into people’s minds and take them over Until now Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders but that also means she’s held back her own ift It is time to make a choice Cling to the safety of her old life or embrace a powerful new desti. .
Rachel Hartman ☆ 5 Read.
Raphina between our heroine and her friend ueen Glissenda or her lover #Lucian Kiggs Are Minimal #Kiggs are minimal a result At just over 600 pages it would be remiss likely of Hartman to extend her narrative for the sake of the romance Nevertheless I wish that was the route at hand I was incredibly invested in the romance outlined in Seraphina and though it reaches a conclusion of sorts in Shadow Scale it also leaves many unanswered uestions Moreover the interactions between Kiggs and Seraphina in Shadow Scale though full of the intelligent conversation these two adore and incredibly supportive lacked the longing I felt palpable in Seraphina Kiggs isn t a significant character in this
Plot Line And Thoughline and though is important to Seraphina there are so many other characters half dragons and dragons alike that her relationship with him doesn t pierce the heart I wanted much much on the romance front particularly due to some last minute revelations that were sprung upon readers Especially because Hartman tells us that there has been much discussion as to matters of the heart but the reader is not privy to these discussions and on the love story angle I needed closure With such a large host of characters Hartman managed to make Shadow Scale an incredible novel with distinct character personalities and relationships I only wish the few we had seen develop in depth in Seraphina continue to be as strong in this seuel While Seraphina was a distinctly character driven tale Shadow Scale is firmly plot driven Nevertheless Hartman accomplishes so much with this seuel From her world building to her plot development and beyond to the diversity of race sex and ender that she includes within these pages Shadow Scale feels revolutionary For fans of Seraphina this one is worth waiting for minor disappointments and all Finds out there s a seuelBut then see s publication date Is no longer happy I was so sure this was oing to be a 5 star read I was so excited to startSo what happenedThe kingdom of Goredd is heading towards war as they are caught heading towards war as they are caught the middle of a conflict between Loyalist dragons who want to keep the peace with humans and those that wish to o to destroy humans Seraphina is sent on a uest to bring the other half dragons called ityasaari together in defense of Goredd Her travels bring out an old enemy who has the ability to take over others minds Seraphina must find a way to stop her or risk losing everything foreverThis book pulled me in pretty uick and had me hooked Seraphina is a strong character and in Shadow Scale we learn about her mind Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture garden and her struggles with Jannoula who was touched upon in the first book We also learn about the history of this wonderful world Hartman has built and the creatures within itI lo When I realized that it was the seuel to SeraphinaWhen I saw the dateWhy do I have to wait so long Why hello there lovely D SpoilersSo long and boring I thought it would never end The only parts I somewhat enjoyed where when Seraphina was back in Goredd or when she was interacting with Comonot Orma Eskar or Glisselda Everything else was utter rubbish I wasn t impressed that most of the plot consisted of Seraphina travelling to different places so she could find other ityasaari half dragons It was all very repetitive Seraphina wouldo somewhere and search for her fellow half dragons she d find them then there d be some sort of obstacle that had to be overcome usually evil Jannoula popping up to cause trouble then she d travel to some other place and do the same thing and rinse and This was hands down one of the most frustrating and disappointing seuels I have ever readWarning Spoilers BelowFirst of all I have to say I loved Seraphin What happened I loved Seraphina I One Touch of Scandal gave it 5 stars But Shadow Scale has left me so bitterly disappointed I could cry All the things I loved about the first book wereone in this one This book was so slow and so long and just dull It was hard to Bulletproof Feathers get through and it took me forever to read it Seraphina was slow paced as well but it wasn t dull In this book Seraphina spends the whole book blaming herself for things that aren t her fault and not doing what needs to be done She was very much a pacifist because she was souilt ridden over her treatment of someone who was just plain bad What Seraphina did to Janoula had to be done because of Janoula s behavior There was nothing wrong with what Seraphina did she had to protect herself and she should have protected everyone else as well so I don t Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store get theuilt over it She just wasn t the Seraphina from the first book at all I thought Janoula wa. Hina is one of these part Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 girl part dragon who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world When war breaks out between the dragons and humans she must travel the lands to find those like herself for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful magical ways As Seraphinaathers this mo.