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In memoriam: Michael McMechan.
Dragon, teacher, friend.
I remember being born.
I usually practiced smiling while I slathered my scales with goo, figuring that if I could smile through that, I could smile through anything. Today I really didn't have the time.
We were all monsters and bastards. And we were all beautiful.
"My faith should not come easily;
There is no Heaven without pain.
My days should never flutter past
Unnoted, nor my past remain
Beyond its span of usefulness;
Le me not hold to grief.
My hope, my light, my Saint is love;
In love my one belief."
The vagabond sun winks down through the trees,
While lilacs, like memories, waft on the breeze,
My friend, I was born for soft days such as these,
To inhale perfume,
And cut through the gloom,
And feast like a king upon peaches and cheese!
I'll travel this wide world and go where I please,
Can't stop my wandering, it's like a disease.
My only regret as I cross the high seas;
what I leave behind,
Though I hope to find,
My own golden city of peaches and cheese!
I'll ask my true love, and I'll hope she agrees,
How could she not, when I'm down on my knees?
My Jill, say you will, and don't be such a tease.
When it's time to eat,
I say sweets to the sweet,
My love, let your answer be peaches and cheese!
O Mistress Seraphina,
Why won't you marry me?
From first I ever seen ya,
I knew you were for me!
It's not just that you're sassy,
It's not just that you're wise,
It's that you poke Viridius
In his piggy little eyes!
I suspect you will remember little of our conversation last
night, which is just as well. I fear I babbled on foolishly.
However: I owe you this, at least. Your mother had more than one
flute, or I could never have borne breaking the other. I still regret
that, not least for your look of betrayal. I was the monster on our
household, not you.
What comes, comes. I have made my peace with the past and
with the future. Do what you feel you must, and do not be afraid.
All my love, for good or ill,
A thousand regrets I've had in love,
A thousand times I've longed to change the past.
I know, my love, there is no going back,
No undoing of our thousand burdens.
We must go on despite our heavy hearts.
A thousand regrets I've had in love,
But I shall never regret you.
We the undersigned have seized the Kerama as of yesterday.
We proclaim ourselves rightful rulers of the Tanamoot, all its
lands and armies, until we are in turn removed by force.
The traitor Comonot yet lives. He is wanted for crimes
against dragonkind, including but not limited to: making treaties
and alliances against the will of the Ker, detrimental to our
values and way of life; indulging in excessive emotionality;
fraternizing with humans; indulging deviants; seeking to alter
our fundamental dragon nature and make us more human-like.
We demand his immediate return to the Tanamoot. Failure to
comply ill be tantamount to an act of war. Recognize, Goreddis,
that you are in no position to fight. We expect you to act in
accordance with your interests. You have three days.
Genrals of the Tanamoot:
Goredd rejects the legitimacy of your claim to sovereignty over
the Dragon Lands. Ardmagar Comonot yet lives; petty threats
will not induce us to turn him over, nor do we recognize the
validity of these trumped-up charges against him. He is our
proven friend and ally, author and champion of the peace, and the
legitimate ruler of the Tanamoot.
If you push this toward war, do not foolishly imagine we are
helpless, or that your own people will choose to fight for you rather
than for continued cooperation between our species. This peace has
been a true blessing upon the world, which is changed for the
better; you cannot drag it back into the past.
Devoutly hoping we may settle this with words, I am,
Her Highness Princess Glisselda, First Heir of Goredd,
On behalf of Her Majesty Queen Lavonda the Magnificent
Blessed is he who passes, love,
Beneath your window's eye
And does not sigh.
Gone my heart and gone my soul,
Look on me love, look down
Before I die.
One glimpse, my royal pear, one smile
Sufficient to sustain me,
Grant me this,
Or take my life and make it yours:
I'd fight a hundred thousand wars
For just one kiss.
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Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, July 2012
: In Seraphina
, dragons and humans maintain an uneasy peace and for a woman who is both there is nowhere to turn for acceptance--not even within herself. Seraphina has spent her young life concealing the truth of her parentage and authentic nature, a task that proves ever more difficult when she is thrust into the spotlight of the royal court. Author Rachel Hartman’s dragons take human form but shun the messiness of human emotion by remaining “in ard” (a highly rational state of mind), while their counterparts cling to a dangerous assumption of species superiority. As the anniversary of the treaty between the two sides approaches, court intrigue reaches a fever pitch and hard-won truths, betrayals, and intricacies of the heart are laid bare. Seraphina
is a beautifully complex fantasy that delves into the most basic of desires—to be loved, to belong, and to find peace in self-acceptance. --Seira Wilson
Guest Review by Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce is a best-selling author of fantasy books for teenagers. Her books, known for their teenaged girl warriors and wizards, have received critical acclaim and a strong fanbase. Her newest book, Mastiff, is the third book in The Legend of Beka Cooper series.
In Seraphina's world, coldly intellectual dragons can take on the shapes--and feelings--of human beings. Sometimes this results in a surprise. Seraphina's father married a beautiful musician, and discovered too late that she was a dragon. She died, leaving him with a daughter who confuses him and his new wife and children.
Now the half-dragon Seraphina is the assistant to the cranky royal music master. She is in charge of Princess Glisselda's music lessons; she books performers for the 40-year celebration of the peace treaty between dragons and humans, and she rehearses the rowdy court musicians. She has to hide the scales on her arm and around her waist, and she can never let anyone find out that Orma, her music teacher, is actually a dragon.
When she plays the solo for the funeral of the realm's murdered prince, Seraphina is suddenly raised into entirely new, visible levels of peril. People she always avoided are noticing her. She has to attend social functions, where she is caught up in court politics, between those who support the treaty and those who want to destroy it. She runs afoul of conspirators who want to start the war again--one of them may be her own grandfather. She even discovers that Prince Lucian, who is betrothed to Princess Glisselda, is not only very sharp-eyed but also very agreeable to be around. He appreciates her insights on intrigue at court and in the city and uses her as an unofficial investigator into the ongoing unrest.
The plot thickens. A new religious order plots riots and revolution. Exiled knights return to report an unregulated dragon flying near where the old prince was murdered. The dragons are trying to send Orma for corrective surgery--they think he's gotten too human and they want to cut those parts out of his brain. Seraphina fears that if she tells the prince and the princess what she is, they'll hate her forever, but their work to preserve the treaty celebrations is bringing them closer together. And all of them are terrified that the dragons will decide that humans are not worth the trouble, and will destroy them at last.
I loved this book even more the second time I read it than I did the first. The characters are interesting and engaging, and I love the new look at dragons. For all that she's half-dragon, Seraphina is a very believable human being, caught between different loyalties and just trying to keep everyone she loves alive. But don't take my word for it--read it yourself!
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In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.… (more)
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