Local author Rachel Hartman took the literary world by storm with her debut fantasy novel Seraphina - an instant New York Times best-seller, a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and winner of the American Library Association's Morris Award. Now she returns to read from her eagerly-awaited new sequel, Shadow Scale, set in the same rich and complex, Renaissance-like yet utterly original world where dragons can take human form.
Seraphina is a talented young court musician who must hide the fact that she is part human and part dragon. When war breaks out between dragons and humans, she is reluctantly drawn into political intrigue, and must seek out the others like herself—with whom she has a mysterious connection—and bring them together to fight the dragons with magic. Fleeing the humans trying to stop her, she must also face another half dragon with the terrifying ability to invade and control people's minds. Protecting her mind has also kept Seraphina from using her own gift. Now she must choose: cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny. Read a sample chapter.
"Every now and again, a book comes along that reimagines a familiar trope so magnificently it resets the bar... [Hartman] continues to expand her world with enough history and detail to satisfy even the most questioning of readers... Dragon fiction has never flown higher." - Kirkus Review (starred)
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Reading will be followed by short examples of live Renaissance music, and light refreshments. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase (cash only).
FREE but space is limited; register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library.
Interested in more teen books that entice adults, as well as adult books with teen-appeal? Come back for the Teen/Adult Special Edition Librarian's Choice on May 14.