Dragons are committed to logic and abhor emotions, even emotion of love. Which is why people like Seraphina, with her secret, should never exist.

“When I am blind and deaf, senile and stroke-addled, I will still know when I’m in the presence of a dragon.”

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But the silver scales on her wrist prove otherwise. Seraphina’s mother was a dragon. When distrust and fear of the unknown threaten the 40-year dragon and human peace Seraphina may have to choose between protecting her secret and doing what she believes is right.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

I do love dragons.

And you probably think you’ve read a lot about dragons, from the telepathic beasts of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight to the subject of a scientist’s studies in The Natural History of Dragons.

But Seraphina is a new take on dragons, giving dragons a thirst for scholarship and the ability to pass as humans.

Rating (4 stars)

I love how the dragons are portrayed in Seraphina. With the dragon’s abilities to fold themselves into the appearance of a human, it reminds me of classic sci-fi where dragons are switched for aliens. Even their abhorrence of emotion in favor of logic reminds me of Star Trek’s Vulcans.

But the driving force behind the story is the distrust and unrest stirring in the city. The prejudice and fear of people toward dragons feels realistic and the problems it may cause for the peace are clear. On top of everything, there is a murder mystery, and if solved, it could destroy the 40-year peace.

Seraphina is a fitting character who can carry the plot perfectly and even supporting characters are well-developed. I adore Lars.

A fast read and thoroughly enjoyable, it will leave you wanting more.