Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina can remember everything, all the way back to being born. She can even remember further back than that, thanks to the maternal memories her mother left her before she died in childbirth. This is one gift her mother left her, along with a gift for music and two patches of scales on her body. Seraphina’s mother was a dragon, living in human form in a world of tenuous peace between the two species. All her life Seraphina’s father has tried to hide her from the world for both their safety. But when she takes a position as music mistress in the palace she finds herself in the middle of a lot of attention, both bad and good. Most troublesome is Lucian Kiggs, captain of the guard and Prince of the realm. As they become close investigating his uncle’s murder in dragon-like fashion and the appearance of a rogue dragon that may be Seraphina’s banished grandfather, Seraphina finally realizes how much she has to lose if Kiggs discovers the truth about her—her freedom, her father’s safety, and her own heart.
A delightful tale of intrigue and romance, set in a world of magic and mistrust. Seraphina’s troubles aren’t that different from anyone else with a secret to hide who feels alone in the world. Recommended for middle school and up.
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