Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
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 by Rachel Hartman is a wonderful sequel to Hartman’s beautiful first novel, Seraphina. In this book, Seraphina, half dragon, is searching for others of her kind in order to counteract the dragons attacking her home. As in the first novel, Hartman shows us how we are all prejudiced or biased in some way. In Shadow Scale, Hartman expands Seraphina’s world view to include the lives and hardships of other half-dragons. She begins to question whether she is right to collect other half-dragons and her self-doubt returns as she learns new information about how their religious beliefs were founded. This book is a mix of adventure, self discovery, and above all, love. Recommended for mature middle readers on. Click to read my review of Seraphina or buy Shadow Scale by clicking below.