Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
by Rachel Hartman
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
I’ve owned a copy of Seraphina for years. I think it was the initial hype around it that convinced me to pick up a copy, and yet I’ve never read it, but I recently stumbled across it on Goodreads again and, upon re-reading the blurb, realised that this book is probably more up my street now than it was when I bought it.
I have to confess that, when it comes to fantasy, I’m not usually drawn to dragon stories, but I do like dragon stories like this one where the dragons themselves are treated more like people than creatures to ride on. Given that this book has secrets and courtly intrigue, with a court musician, a protagonist I’ve never encountered before, at the centre of it, it’s about time I read it. Not only that, but this book is also the first in a duology, too, and I love me a duology.
Which books have been on your TBR the longest?
This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!
The O.W.Ls Readathon has begun – woohoo! – and tonight I’ll be starting The Wicked King by Holly Black to count towards Potions. I’ve mentioned before that I enjoyed The Cruel Prince a lot more than I was expecting to, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of this sequel.
I’d been looking forward to the release of Miranda in Milan, the debut novella from Katharine Duckett, ever since I came across it last year. It’s a sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest that puts Miranda at the centre of the story, and while I was hoping to enjoy it I ended up loving it. This novella ticked so many of my boxes: it has an f/f romance, witchcraft, a Gothic Italian setting and a focus on the bond between mothers and daughters. Look out for my review coming soon!
After really enjoying Entreat Me I’ve been in the mood to read more of Grace Draven’s work, and I think I’m going to pick up one of her more recent novels, Phoenix Unbound. It features a witch and a gladiator, and to be honest the main reason I want to read it is because I really love the sound of the second book in this series, Dragon Unleashed, which mentions the outlawed magic trope in its blurb that I am all about. Given that it’s following different characters I probably don’t need to read Phoenix Unbound first, but I still want to!