Rachel Hartman ↠ 5 charactersShadow Scale never uite manages to hit the high sweet notes that made me fall in love with the first bookNow please do not misunderstand me there are plenty of things to love about Shadow Scale The mere fact that there is to Seraphina s story is intoxicating and I 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 much loved getting to know other half dragons on Seraphina s travels and their interactions with each other if you ll recall Seraphina is one of the lucky 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 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 and lonely 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 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 so late 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 love each other so very dearly there is duty to consider and Seraphina genuinely cares for her darling friend and ueen Selda I love 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 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 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 ust 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 a ualm too many with
IT SHADOW SCALE PICKS UP ROUGHLYShadow Scale picks up roughly 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 ourney 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 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 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 that getting to know them feels like falling in love with aspects of Seraphina herself From living in her mind s 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 largeis the build up to the tension in the last half it is also necessary Despite tackling such a large of characters most of them newly introduced in Shadow Scale Hartman maneuvers them with ease and the end result the reader feeling ust as close with nearly ten half dragons as Seraphina does is remarkable Yet the first half is not merely about Seraphina discovering 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 Seraphina Devoured it Stayed up ridiculously late reading ust one chapter And I love those kinds of books they usually inspire an undying loyalty to the author But in this caseI m than a little angry Which is not a good thing to be at 300 In The MorningWhere To in the morningWhere to 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 was like a switch was flipped and things ust 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 Paradox Bound ju When I realized that it was the seuel to SeraphinaWhen I saw the dateWhy do I have to wait so long 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 must ustUPDATE 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 ust 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 life or embrace a powerful new desti. .
STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare just didn t fit with what we knew about the characters Apparently none of them were bitter orealous about how things worked out I was ust 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 love them both also he didn t seem to care in the slightest that by being with Seraphina he forced her to live another lie Yet I was meant to believe he was honourable and loved Seraphina when everything actually pointed to him being a low life scum who 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 in love 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 ust so happened to Be Totally Fine With That Ugh It Was All Too totally fine with that Ugh it was all too the characters I d gotten to know in Seraphina and Shadow Scale would not be okay with all of that As fucking if someone like Seraphina who wanted nothing than family and honesty was cool with being the other woman for the rest of her life and having to live with such a seedy lie 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 longer
Orma and Seraphina instead they were pretty much random stranger and Seraphina Why couldn tand Seraphina instead they were pretty much random stranger and Seraphina Why couldn t 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 around like 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 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 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 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 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 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 LOVESFELLOW READERSthe dragons she lovesFellow readers 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 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. 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 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 Seraphina gathers this mo. ,
Finds out there s a seuelBut then see s publication date Is no longer happy What happened I loved Seraphina I 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 were gone in this one This book was so slow and so long and Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays 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 wasust 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 Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All 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 Iust wish the heroine would have been her match She What a Lass Wants just really wasn t There was a lot 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 wasust 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 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 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 t like the idea of Seraphina being Kiggs s mistress and not his wife hide spoiler 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 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 lines The last uarter of the book was entertaining with Seraphina going back to Goredd and the characters and story finally coming together The 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 ust seemed
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Her Whereas Seraphina Achieved Very Little Apart From Meeting Somewhereas Seraphina achieved very little apart from meeting some 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 like when Abdo Dame Okra or another ityasaari were taken over by Jannoula or when someone was in danger Seraphina would ust monologue about it and then take her sweet time actually doing anything about it sometimes she would do absolutely nothing and instead ponder about her loneliness 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 life 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 life 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 ust 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 Wassome rubbish it came out of nowhere She was 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 liked that Kiggs married Glisselda at the end it was the right thing to do for their countrypeople However the fact that KiggsSelda loved each other 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 a lifefamily together Seraphina didn t take that as a sign to walk away and move on with her own life Nope she decided to be Kiggs s mistress for the rest of her life and be his dirty secret and 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 pathetic loser Seraphina spent her whole life living a lie and hated herself for it so I expected after all that that she d finally embrace being free from all 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.