Hartman, Rachel, Shadow Scale. Pgs. 608. Random House, 2015. $21.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG
With war imminent in Gorredd, it’s up to Seraphina to not only wind up support for the crown, but to also gather other ityasaari like herself. One particular ityasaari, Genoula, is bent on twisting the war and the other half-breed to accomplish her unknown agenda. With the ability to charm humans and mind-control other ityasaari, she is a dangerous adversary With her mission looking more and more hopeless and Genoula stopping her at every turn, can Seraphna stop her? What is Genoula’s true intent?
This plot is well-developed and enjoyable to read. Although some characters are one-dimensional enough to grate readers the wrong way, most of the characters are well developed. The imagery is detailed and does a great job of drawing the reader into Seraphina’s world. With high stakes and each chapter ending with a new dilemma, readers will enjoy following and rooting for Seraphina. People who liked the first book, Seraphina and enjoy fantasy, dragons, and adventure will enjoy reading this book. MS, HS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.