I read a lot of fantasy...a lot...and it's been a long time since I've read something so different, so compelling as Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. This book takes you to the world of music prodigy, Seraphina. A world where 40 years before dragons and humans battled and raged, killing large numbers of both species. The General of the dragons and the Queen of the humans decided to end thousands of years of death and destruction with a peace treaty.
catch? Humans must not hunt dragons and except them as an intelligent
species. Dragons must be in their 'human form' at all times, not hoard
gold, and not treat humans as a tasty snack. In short, equality.
40 years later the peace is going well,
although with much prejudice from both sides. However, what happens when a dragon mates with a human? An act seen as a crime, and
strictly forbidden by both sides. Song mistress Seraphina is an abomination, and must
hide her biracial heredity or die. But when the reluctant peace starts to falter she may be
the one to bring change and progress.
Equal parts thrilling, thought provoking, and romance this book will not let you put it down until every page is devoured.