Like everyone else who has read the first book in this series, Seraphina, I have been anticipated reading this book since 2012. At long last, there was an announcement of a release date for it. And then I found out it was available for review on Netgalley; I don’t think I have pressed “Request” so fast as I did when I saw it! I could not believe it when I saw I was approved and immediately put everything else aside and started reading it.
I don’t think there was a moment that I was not tense and anticipating what Seraphina’s next move would be in the dragon war that Goredd is involved in.
Here is the summary for Seraphina (from Goodreads) for those who might not remember:
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
Shadow Scale starts 3 months after Seraphina ends. She has to try to help gather the others that are like her to help in the fight against the dragons. But her journey takes on a path of discovery that shakes up her world and causes heartache.
During here travels to find others like her, Seraphina learns a lot about herself and her abilities. She also learns more about Jannoula (who made an appearance in the first book), and we learn was one of the grotesques in her mind garden (she was banished from Seraphina’s mind for trying to take her over). As the story goes on and we learn more about her, the more frightening she becomes. She is a very devious person, who learns your weakness and use it against you. One by one, Jannoula takes each of Seraphina’s friends from her. Jannoula was one that kept me tense from the beginning, dying to find out what happened next.
I could not put this down.The writing is beautiful; this book just reminded me why I fell in love with Seraphina, and why I was anticipating the second book so much. I read through this so fast, that I am afraid I probably missed things-I just really wanted to find out what happened next. I will definitely be rereading this so that I can find out what did not register the first time. The plot, the characters, and the depth and complexity of both make the long wait worth it. This book is among my favorite this year.
I am so glad that more people are aware of Rachel Hartman’s beautiful first book! It was fantastic, and should be better known than it is. I would definitely recommend reading both these books.