Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)
Author: Rachel Hartman
Year Published: 2012
Synopsis: In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy."
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.
Why?: Mathematical dragons and singing and medieval setting? Count me in! I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it, and I finally picked it up. Everything about it just sounds so good, and I can't wait to dive right in!
Expectations: I've heard some pretty excellent things about this book, so I've got fairly high expectations for it. Fantasy books are some of my favorites, especially when there are dragons involved. And music. I really want this book to be as epic as I think it's going to be.
Judging a book by its cover: There are actually two covers for this one - the reddish one above and a purple one. They're both pretty similar except for differences in coloring, but I really like this reddish one better. It's simple and looks like it came out of someone's sketchbook, which is pretty neat and different from most other fantasy novels. It's one of the things that drew me to this book, so I would definitely say that I would pick this book based solely on the cover!