Book Review: Shadow Scale

Book Review: Shadow ScaleShadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina #2
Published by Random House Children's Books on March 10th 2015
Pages: 602

Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The 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. Seraphina 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 motley 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 destiny?


Seraphina was one of my favorite reads these past years and I can’t believe I waited so long to read the sequel Shadow Scale. This is a duology, so if you were waiting to read for another book to come out, wait no longer. It’s worth it, trust me! In the first book, we are introduced to Seraphina and she has a mind garden with all these characters contained inside. She found that one was real and now the rest she now realizes in Shadow Scale, are truly real – they are other half-dragons like herself.

The only problem is that as she begins to gather them – to help to bring the dragon war to an end – one of them is also doing the same thing. Only her intentions aren’t as gallant as Seraphina’s. Her power enables her to overcome the other half dragons and her purpose is unknown.

The love interest – Prince Lucien – takes an interesting turn. He is engaged but still loves Seraphina. They’re interactions are limited, as she is traveling most of the book, but those moments together are wonderfully tense at times. I love the twist towards the end (I don’t want to ruin it – but if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I mean…) in terms of their relationship.

The plot centers around gathering these characters, but there is danger in each situation and around every corner. I loved seeing more interactions with dragons in this book and how they think compared to humans and half dragons. Also, being able to explore the world more was absolutely amazing. I loved seeing the different aspects of different communities within this world and their reaction to dragons.


An engulfing story and world, Shadow Scale brings to the table danger, romance, and intrigue that is full of depth and fantastical elements.

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