Rachel Hartman: Shadow Scale



Er half dragons she meets have endured circumstances far removed from her own Though Seraphina expects to gather a 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 ife 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 that getting to know them feels The Clock Without a Face like falling inove with aspects of Seraphina herself From Captives of the Private House living in her mind s garden there is already such a strongink 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 Teaspoon and an Open Mind last half it is also necessary Despite tackling such aarge 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 is given 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 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 Seraphina gather the half dragons her unwillingness to A Celtic Miscellany let go 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 theast 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 oved the heart breaking plot ine 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 Foxs Feud (Farthing Wood, 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 Seraphina between our heroine and her friend ueen Glissenda or herover Lucian Kiggs are minimal as a result At just over 600 pages it would be remiss The Culture Code 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 alsoeaves 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 Banish Clutter Forever lacked theonging I felt palpable in Seraphina Kiggs isn t a significant character in this plot Stolen Magic (Stardust, line and though he 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 someast 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 The Billionaire Daddy love story angle I needed closure With such aarge 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 gender that she includes within these pages Shadow Scale feels revolutionary For fans of Seraphina this one is worth waiting for minor disappointments and all 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 Pistols for Two loved Seraphina Devoured it Stayed up ridiculouslyate reading just one chapter And I Stronger love those kinds of books they usually inspire an undyingoyalty to the author But in this caseI m than a Loss (Gus Dury, little angry Which is not a good thing to be at 300 in the morningWhere to start Perhaps with the pacing Seraphina took a while to get into but then so did The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo In both cases it took about 100 pages those first 100 seemed to drag on interminably but then it wasike a switch was flipped and things just took off racing steadily towards a perfectly timed climax In the seuel and I will admit I had NO idea that this was a two book series I honestly thought it was a trilogy and everything that Hartman was setting up seemed to reinforce that the pacing was justoff I anticipated a slow start and thought that things were starting to pick up about a 13 of the way through with the re introduction of Jannoula That s when things started to get interestingBut most of the first half of the book was Seraphina journeying places She went to Ninys and then to SamSam and then to Porphyry and then eventually to Lab Four And all along the way we met brand new characters had to establish a clear setting which ultimately didn t matter because we never went back to that country and forge new relationships Not much happened or at The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, least what did happen fell into a uickly established pattern Seraphina arrives somewhere new She meets new people She searches for ityasaari She attempts to befriend them only to find out that Jannoula has already gotten to them EVERYONE falls for Jannoulaeaving Seraphina pretty much alone and miserable for the majority of the bookGone is my strong witty sensitive heroine Gone are her relationships with her family with Orma with Kiggs with Selda Gone is the court intrigue the suspicious characters the MUSIC The first book dealt SO much with music and nowit s just goneAnd as Alacrity (Illumine, long as Seraphina is journeying places not much happens Even when things do happen Seraphina seems to be sidelined for one reason or another The novel only seemed to pick up once Seraphina arrives back in Goredd perhaps because we re back in familiar territory and we get a chance to see her interacting with all the characters she s established relationships with But even theneveryone from the first book is conspicuously absent and all the other ityasaari are hooked into Jannoula so again Seraphina is alone and miserable Most of theast 14 of the novel is Seraphina trying to find a way to defeat Jannoula and failing because apparently Jannoula is ike the best evil villain EVARThings justfell apart here Why is Jannoula so persuasive Why can she persuade everyone humans and ityasaari alike but none of the other ityasaari can She is ALWAYS one step ahead of Seraphina because she can uite conveniently be in everyone s heads at once How does she manage it How does she manage to sipher information from everyone Early on she can really only manage one person at a time It just doesn t make sense And don t even get me started on Seraphina s mind garden What was once a really cool uniue concept in the first book just seems to have run away from Hartman It s inexplicably shrinking this whole book and I don t think it s a coincidence that Seraphina ultimately abandons it in the end much ike Hartman seems to have done And all this business with inside outside houses It s Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, like wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff it s confusing than anything and was incredibly hard to follow But Seraphina apparently understood it even if I didn t because she has this miraculous epiphany at the enditerally 95% of the way through the second book and everything is instantly taken care of in an ending which smacks of deus ex machina Literally Seraphina has her miraculous inner realization but since it s not enough to take care of Jannoula even with Abdo s help who has also miraculously reappeared who intervenes but a Arnhem larger thanife monstrous saint He Fitness for Living literally plucks Jannoula off the castle parapets and whisks her away to do heaven knows what with her her fate is decidedly unclearYou know what s NOT unclear though Two thingsOne the whole big battle between the dragons and the humans and the ityasaari and the neighboring kingdoms Doesn t happen This evening I was talking abou When I realized that it was the seuel to SeraphinaWhen I saw the dateWhy do I have to wait soong 2014 Seriously how are you going 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 Love Is Blind look forward to the cover release then finally the actual bookooks 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 east I can pronounce it nowUPDATE 103013WTFDid they just change it to 2015 I m going to go 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 WAIT. 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 gift It is time to make a choice Cling to the safety of her old ife or embrace a powerful new desti.

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Finds out there s a seuelBut then see s publication date Is no The World in the Curl longer happy What happened Ioved Seraphina I gave it 5 stars But Shadow Scale has Connexity left me so bitterly disappointed I could cry All the things Ioved about the first book were gone in this one This book was so slow and so A Personal Influence long and just dull It was hard to 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 so guilt 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 get the guilt over it She just wasn t the Seraphina from the first book at all I thought Janoula was very villainous and well done I truly hated her which is what all good villains cause me to do I just wish the heroine would have been her match She just really wasn t There was aot of world building in this book done mostly through Seraphina traveling The traveling got old after a while We get to meet all of the characters that are in her mental garden 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 Seraphina was upset about it but I wasn t because he wasn t developed enough as 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 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 Americas First City lovers Glisselda has revealed that she is also inove with Seraphina She revealed this after she finds out that Kiggs and Seraphina are in Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, 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 t going 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 tike the idea of Seraphina being Kiggs s mistress and not his wife hide spoiler Why hello there Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women lovely D SpoilersSoong 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 would go 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 repeat All the travelling and the random new charactersplaces introduced didn t make for engrossing reading Way too much page time was spent on that instead of on established characters and plot Charity Girl lines Theast uarter of the book was entertaining with Seraphina going back to Goredd and the characters and story finally coming together The Alipio last couple of chapters were uite bad though with some deus ex machina character Pandowdy appearing and saving the day and Seraphina after struggling with her powers through the entire book suddenly having a revelation at the eleventh hour and managing to turn on her snowflakey powers and help save the day It was all very contrived and convenient I wanted there to be focus on Goredd and the dragon civil war instead most of the focus was on Seraphina going to random new places and meeting random new people She just seemed to float from one place to the next feeling sorry for herself and not actually doing much Abdo had far agency and sense than her whereas Seraphina achieved veryittle apart from meeting some new half dragons The ridiculous thing was that if she had stayed at home in Goredd instead of spending months finding other ityasaari things would have turned out exactly the same anyway Seraphina s whole trip was pointlessAlso whenever things would go wrong Seducing Ingrid Bergman like when Abdo Dame Okra or another ityasaari were taken over by Jannoula or when someone was in danger Seraphina would just monologue about it and then take her sweet time actually doing anything about it sometimes she would do absolutely nothing and instead ponder about heroneliness or some rubbish It was so frustrating For the most part I didn t find Seraphina interesting Her self pity whining insecurity naivety and her constantly blaming herself for everything was boring and beyond irritating Also her nobody understands me or my inner pain attitude was nauseating she really needed to get over herself and realise that she wasn t a speshul snowflake although annoyingly at the end she did turn out to be a total speshul snowflakeAnother thing I disliked about Seraphina was how she only ever seemed to care about the men in her ife it was all about Abdo Kiggs or Orma There were t any female characters that she truly cared about as much as the menfolk in her ife Bloody typical I wasn t impressed that Jannoula who was a non character in the first book was a such a huge pivotal character in this one The entire story was about Jannoula than the dragon civil warthreat of war in Goredd Also what the hell were Jannoula s powers all about She could randomly enter the minds of some half dragons and take over their body yet she wasn t able to enter other ityasaari minds But then magically she could And sometimes she had complete control over somebody and was able to fully take over and other times she d conveniently disappear from a body or just stay in the background all depending on whether it suited the plot or not She was also able to randomly charm humans by showing them her aura or some rubbish it came out of nowhere She was able to do so much with her mind and was super powerful which didn t add up to her pastlifelong imprisonment why wasn t she able to somehow use her powers to escape sooner She seemed to change from powerless prisoner to all powerful being overnight Jannoula even said she could use that dragon mind trap by herself what was stopping her from using it to escape sooner Then there were times where she could only control one person at any given time but in other parts of the story she was able to control dozens Her powers were inconsistent and made no sense I A Secret Place liked that Kiggs married Glisselda at the end it was the right thing to do for their countrypeople However the fact that KiggsSeldaoved each other Scandalous (Playing with Fire like brother and sister made it all very creepy and incestuous But I guess that was realistic since it was a politicalarranged marriageWhat did bother me was that despite KiggsSelda getting married and starting aifefamily together Seraphina didn t take that as a sign to walk away and move on with her own Brute Force (Nick Stone, life Nope she decided to be Kiggs s mistress for the rest of herife and be his dirty secret and Beautiful Breasts Pictures live in the shadows of his marriage I thought by the end she d grow a backbone and gain some self respect instead she turned out to be a desperate patheticoser Seraphina spent her whole To Risks Unknown lifeiving a When You Look Up lie and hated herself for it so I expected after all that that she d finally embrace being free from all theying and hiding but the silly cow ended up The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, living an even biggerie How could she be happy being the other women Why would she give up a chance to Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene live an honestife Why would she give up the chance to find Scandal! love again and start a family of her own Why would she give up so much for Kiggs when he d done veryittle for her in return Why was she happy to demean and degrade herself for a guy who clearly didn t respect or care for her If Kiggs really The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel loved and respected her he would have shut Seraphina out of hisife so she could have a chance of moving on and finding her own Pilgrimage (1920) lovefamily But the greedy selfish bastard didn t do that he only wanted what was best for him never mind how much he was fucking up Seraphina sife Also why was Seraphina so cool with Kiggs having kids with Selda Did she really have that Shapely Ankle Preferrd little respect for herself that she was happy to watch him play happy families with Selda whilst she got thrown the occasional scraps He got the best of both worlds whilst she was alone with no kids or family of her own all she probably got were a few seedy nights with him Sick sick sick Ugh why do all YA books end with the heroines giving up so much of themselves for aove interest that s treated them Sword at Sunset like nothing but crap Why aren t heroines allowed to play the field or fall for someone elseater in Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch life Why are they always stuck with their doucheyove interest Why couldn t Seraphina work on her music or meet someone new and start her own family Why did she have to be content with being Kiggs s bit on the side What a horrid ending for a YA heroine The author could have shown that a young female character could have a healthy and happy ending by being on her own but no she had to end up with a married man making her a cheap tart with no self worth Seraphina could have reconnected with her family she could have gone on to education or some other passion she could have become the backbone of the half dragons she could have had oads of different overs and gone on oads of adventures But instead she got to be a mistress None of it worked for me Seraphina was a blah heroine for pretty much all the book but at the end she went from being a blah heroine to a cheap classless tart with no morals or dignity Kiggs was even worse than Seraphina he wasn t honourable or decent he was a slimy opportunistic greedy slutty sleazy oser who only cared about himself I m guessing since he was cool with havi. Seraphina took the The Temple of the Golden Pavilion literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of”ists At The Secret Life of Birds 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 shareife with an uneasy balance and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth Serap.

Ng Seraphina as a mistress he must have been cool with having The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering loads of other mistresses too Ugh I hated him What was with Glisselda kissing Seraphina and saying she was inove with her It came out of nowhere Was Glisselda bisexual or gay And what did Seraphina mean when she said she realised something about herself after the kiss Why wasn t any of it elaborated on Did Seraphina suddenly realise she was bisexual after one kiss Really Why was Glisselda cool with her husband hooking up with a woman she New Penguin Cookery Book loved Yea I didn t buy the throw awayine at the end that SeraphinaKiggsGlisselda had a mutual agreement about their relationship and knew what they meant to each other There were chapters and chapters of pointless travelling yet the author couldn t even be bothered to show what happened between KiggsGlisseldaSeraphina and explore the dynamics between them there was no discussion or thought processes involved Their ending just didn t fit with what we knew about the characters Apparently none of them were bitter or jealous about how things worked out I was just expected to believe that Seraphina was magically fine with Kiggs being married and having kids with someone else and her not being able to have any of that that she was perfectly content to never have a family of her own and was fine with hiding her feelings and relationship with Kiggs from everyone Yea right And then there was Kiggs who was apparently okay with being unfaithful to two women despite claiming to Wrong Pong love them both also he didn t seem to care in the slightest that by being with Seraphina he forced her toive another Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate lie Yet I was meant to believe he was honourable andoved Seraphina when everything actually pointed to him being a ow ife scum who The Battle of the Atlantic loved no one but himself Whilst Glisselda was supposedly happy to give her blessing to KiggsSeraphina shagging around behind her back even though she was inove with Seraphina and Kiggs was her husband and would be father of her children Also it sort of kind of might have been implied that Seraphina would possibly be Glisselda s mistress too and Kiggs just so happened to be totally fine with that Ugh it was all too ridiculous the characters I d gotten to know in Seraphina and Shadow Scale would not be okay with all of that As fucking if someone The Real Dads Army like Seraphina who wanted nothing than family and honesty was cool with being the other woman for the rest of herife and having to Model-Based Systems Engineering with OPM and SysML live with such a seedyie Ugh no fucking way There wasn t enough Orma or Glisselda the way their arcs ended was very unsatisfying I wanted to know about Glisselda and how she handled her sexuality and ueenly duties Then there was Orma the best relationship in the books was between Orma and Seraphina and that ended up completely destroyed there were barely any scenes between the two and when there were any the emotional connection between them was gone because OrmaSeraphina were no Pour une branche de gui longer Orma and Seraphina instead they were pretty much random stranger and Seraphina Why couldn t Seraphina have one thing at the end that was pure and untouchable All she got was a sleazy relationship and isolation from any real family Her and Kiggs and Glisselda weren t family she was nothing but their bit on the side and possibly the creepy sort of aunt that hung aroundike a bad smell when it came to their kids Yea what a great ending for a YA heroine Ugh Liked that there were diverse characters The computercameraphone Medieval Intrigue like devices seemed out of place and didn t fit in with the fantasy setting All in all I hated it It was boring and Seraphina s HEA as a mistress to a married man was disgraceful I was so sure this was going 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 in the middle of a conflict between Loyalist dragons who want to keep the peace with humans and those that wish to go to destroy humans Seraphina is sent on a uest to bring the other half drago Shortly following the events of Seraphina Shadow Scale shows us a different side of the eponymous heroine For the first time in herife Seraphina is free For the first time every she s free from the fear of hiding her half dragon half human parentage and ives as a valued important even oved member of Goredd s court Serving openly as a trusted adviser to ueen Glisselda Seraphina helps Selda grapple with her new rulership in the midst of a draconian war that threatens the The Ghost That Haunted Itself lives of all in Goredd and to the south In order to protect from impending attack and devastation the ueen turns to Seraphina and theegend of a magical net that she and her other halfling kind the Ityasaari alone can cast It is up to Seraphina to gather the other half human half dragons she has cultivated in her mind garden and band them together to protect the home the people and the dragons she The Lucifer Code lovesFellow readers and Seraphinaovers this is a hard review for me to writeIt s hard because I The Pocket Idiots Guide to Wine loved Seraphina so very much when it first came out Ioved 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 oved the yrical writing and the fascinating realm of magic and draconic ore 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 ofty expectations and hopes especially considering that I had to wait years for this seuelSo in full transparency all cards on the metaphorical table Shadow Scale is nowhere near as fulfilling as Seraphina While it s still a solid fantasy novel in its own right Shadow Scale never uite manages to hit the high sweet notes that made me fall in Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken love with the first bookNow please do not misunderstand me there are plenty of things toove about Shadow Scale The mere fact that there is to Seraphina s story is intoxicating and I Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, love the expansion to her world that Hartman employs in this second novel The different cities cultures customs foods and people are varied and fascinating I particularly enjoyed the completely unexpected inclusion of Lab Four I also very muchoved getting to know other half dragons on Seraphina s travels and their interactions with each other if you Hija de la fortuna ll recall Seraphina is one of theucky few who can and importantly who has passed for human but not everyone she meets is able to do the same in particular the figure of doctor Nedouard is so striking and solitary at the onset of the book The politics of Goredd for both human and dragon and ityasaari are also wonderfully detailed and a strong point for Shadow Scale as the motivations for war and Seraphina s mission to gather her half dragon brethren make senseFor each of these very good things however there are well Absorb: Book One of the Forgotten Affinities Series (English Edition) less good things The plot on the whole is incongruous and oddly stunted when it comes to pacing Much of the book follows the same pattern Seraphina travels to find another ityasaari finds them incredibly easily and with a high success rate but then STUFF HAPPENS and there are problems because of the Bad Guy I don t want to spoil anything but it s pretty obvious from the start This happens several times for the first half to two thirds of the book there is much hand wringing and Seraphina feeling tired andonely and disheartened Where is Seraphina s agency It s almost as though in this novel the heroine and heart of book 1 has become relegated to the sidelines of book 2 For all that she is the one on whose abilities smarts and diplomacy the fate of Goredd rests upon Seraphina is decidedly without power happiness or drive Also MIND CONTROL BAD GUY POWERS are an incredibly frustrating cop out That is all I will say about thatMore important than an uneven repetitive plot however Shadow Scale is disappointing because it Bukti-Bukti Gus Dur Itu Wali lacks the heart of Seraphina Where is the music that was so potent and present in the first novel and preuel novella Where is the sensitivity and the underlying romance and the emotional identity that powers the first book For that matter what the heck really happens with Seraphina s Dream Garden and why is it so uickly and easily abandoned Why is there a Deus Ex Machina of an ending that effectively dislodges the Big Bad Guy who has been pulling all of the strings so far ahead of Seraphina since the get go Why is the war similarly so easily resolved soate in the book without the big flippin battle the book description promises and that Shadow Scale seemingly builds up toFrustrationsThe one thing about the book s resolution that I did appreciate however concerns the romantic subplot between Seraphina Kiggs and Selda The romantic subplot is firmly relegated to the background in Shadow Scale as is Kiggs basically because though Kiggs and Seraphina The Lost Child love each other so very dearly there is duty to consider and Seraphina genuinely cares for her darling friend and ueen Selda Iove the idea of the subversion that Rachel Hartman employs here with Selda and Seraphina s relationship and the ultimate direction of the royal political marriage at When You Reach Me least in theory In execution I truly wish that time was spent on this particular subplot and ending instead of being glossed over in passingBut of course your mileage may vary For me Shadow Scale sadly was not uite what I had hoped for in a seuel certainly it s not what I had hoped for as the second half of a duologyI still enjoyed parts of the book very much but I had hoped for 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 gone and pinned all my hopes and dreams on Ioved Seraphina The Empty Nesters like I veoved 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 The Concise Book of Lying loved its predecessor Unfortunately though Shadow Scale is a beautifully written seuel and a truly impeccable ending to this unexpected duet I still have a 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 gather 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 devoted 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 oth. Hina is one of these part 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 theands to find those ike 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 Seraphina gathers this mo.

Rachel Hartman lives and writes in Vancouver BCHer first YA fantasy novel Seraphina was published by Random House on July 10th 2012 Here are some things that are already being said about Seraphina by some fabulous authors“A book worth hoarding as glittering and silver bright as dragon scales with a heroine who insists on carving herself a place in your mind” — Naomi Novik New York Times