By Rachel Hartman
In her long island instances bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval global to myth and science-fiction readers of every age. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the main fascinating dragons I've learn in fantasy."
Four many years of peace have performed little to ease the distrust among people and dragons within the state of Goredd. Folding themselves into human form, dragons attend court docket as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as students and lecturers. because the treaty's anniversary attracts close to, despite the fact that, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has cause to worry either side. An surprisingly proficient musician, she joins the court docket simply as a member of the royal relatives is murdered—in suspiciously draconian type. Seraphina is drawn into the research, partnering with the captain of the Queen's shield, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. whereas they start to discover tricks of a sinister plot to damage the peace, Seraphina struggles to guard her personal mystery, the key in the back of her musical reward, one so negative that its discovery may perhaps suggest her very existence.
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