Blog Tour - Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina 2) by Rachel Hartman

Received for review from publisher.
Publisher: Random House
Published: March 10, 2015
Series: Seraphina #2
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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?

Shadow Scale is a lot of book. It's right around 600 pages and for me, it felt long. For the amount of writing there was, not a whole lot happened. Like in the first book there's lots of descriptions and imagery, which is great, but sometimes it felt a bit much. I just wanted to get to the action and adventure instead of feeling almost weighed down by the constant descriptions.

In some parts I felt like we lost some of the characters and their personalities. I had some trouble understanding their decisions and truly caring what was going to happen to next. It's like some parts were so great and then there were other parts that felt long and just alright. The plot was a little iffy for me too, it was like everything either happened all at once or nothing seemed to be happen for a while.

I was absolutely not a fan of the ending. I can't say much without spoiling it, but I just feel so let down by it.

I was really looking forward to Seraphina's sequel, Shadow Scale, but I was unfortunately let down a bit. This might be due to my high expectations after enjoying the first book so much, but I just really wanted more for our beloved Seraphina! I'm usually a fan of description, but there was so much of it that I felt like it lost the story in some places. Although I might not have loved this book, I enjoyed the world Hartman created and still adore the Seraphina from the first book.

You can check out my review of Seraphina here.

 **I received this book for review from Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


  1. "I just wanted to get to the action and adventure instead of feeling almost weighed down by the constant descriptions."
    ^^^I hate when this happens :/ It can ruin otherwise amazing story pretty quickly for me. I haven't started this series yet but Seraphina is on my TBR.

    1. I agree, it really can ruin a good story!
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Ah! I'm definitely a big action fan myself, so when we don't get enough of that, I can get really disappointed. :( Descriptions can be lovely every now and then, but not too much of it. And I adored the characters in Seraphina, so I definitely hope that (at least for me), they still seem like their badass selves in this one. Sorry you didn't love this as much as you'd hoped, Katie. :(

    By the way, I'm a new follower and I love your blog's color scheme!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    1. Hi Aimee!
      I hope you love this one as much as the first and that you find the characters to be awesome!
      Thank you so much! :)