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  1. Quick questions:

    1. What age range would Seraphina be best for? I have a fairly intelligent 8-year old niece who could use more books about awesome girls who solve mysteries about dragons.

    2. How can I email you to ask a question that’s better detailed in an email?

  2. Seraphina is intended for teens, not so much because of content issues but because of vocabulary level. That said, I think a strong reader who’t 12 or even 10 could probably do it. Lots of us were reading Tolkien early on, for example, undeterred by terminology. Eight, though, is probably pushing it. Maybe I should test-drive it on my own 8-year-old and report back.

    Books don’t go bad, though. If she’s not ready for it immediately, it’ll keep.

    I’m going to send YOU an e-mail now, in response to your other question.

    • My son enjoyed Seraphina as a book on CD at age 9, and Shadow Scale as a book a few months later, right when it came out. We read them out loud because his listening vocabulary was a lot bigger than his reading one and because we all loved them; by now he could read them fine.

    • We just read this to our almost 7 year old and she was absolutely captivated. I pruned a (very) few of the slightly more disturbing details about her grotesques, just because I know my kidlet, but otherwise, extremely little editing on the fly. I read it first, and hugely enjoyed it the second time around, as all sorts of threads were there that I wasn’t tuned into the first time around. This one is destined to become a family favourite at our house. Looking forward to Shadow Scale (on reserve at our library, goody, goody!). Thank you for an incredible read.

  3. Hi, I was just wondering if it’s going to be released in Australia? Because it sounds so awesome and I would love to read it! πŸ™‚

      • OK, yes, looking back through my own records, it looks like the Random House UK deal involves “UK/Comm including ANZ” — I believe that last stands for Australia/New Zealand. So you’ll be getting it with the British cover. I assume the on-sale date is the same, although if you want me to verify that, I can.

        Thanks so much for your interest! πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m almost done with this book and I don’t want it to end! I love the world you created in this book, the overall tone and the really great characters, especially Seraphina. I will be recommending this and writing a glowing review on Goodreads soon. This book is well suited to Young Adult, but I hope it finds a much broader audience. Masterfully done!

  6. I just finished reading an ARC of Seraphina through NetGalley and I really enjoyed it. If there was ever a candidate for an ebook to be enhanced with sound, this book is it. I would have loved to hear some of the music and singing described!

    I’m sorry to read that you’re struggling with the second book, but I have faith that you will find your way. I will be one of the fans who will be anxiously waiting for the sequel and thus increasing the pressure on you, but it really is your fault for writing such a good book! In the meantime, I’ll spread the word on Seraphina, starting with my daughter.

  7. Hi, I read Seraphina in 2 DAYS because I loved it so much, and was wondering if you were planing on writing a second book.

    • Hi, Linnea! Yes, I am working on the second book. Right now my editor has it. Knowing him, he will want some revisions, but we’ll get it done as quickly and as well as we can. I am so pleased you enjoyed Seraphina!

      • just dont do it so quickly as to leave us (readers) disappointed (we probably won’t be). I just finished the book this morning it left me wanting more. The type of more as in put me there in the book more. So since that is not possible I would like to make a request to have this story made in to a movie. anyone out there a director =). Rahelhartman,
        can we expect a movie out?

      • I pre-ordered the US edition for myself now, but I have lots of non-English reading friends who might like the book, so it is good to know that there will be a German edition to recommend to them. Looking forward to reading the book!

  8. Hello Rachel,
    I was wondering if you’re planning on making a sequel to Seraphina.I know that you only released the first book recently, but the ending left me hanging – and in a good way!

  9. I would love to know when signed copies will be available, as I would love to have one. (I am a collector, but don’t worry, I keep all my books, i.e no selling them on ebay for a profit…).

    • There are a few floating around already. KidsBooks here in Vancouver has a whole pile of them. I’ll be signing in Toronto this week and (hopefully) in Seattle in August. Are you in Canada or the US?

      • I’m in the southern US. It’s hard to get authors this far south! I’m going to contact KidsBooks and see if they’ll sell me one. I’d love to know if you ever go to Powell’s in Portland. I order a lot from them. I’ve already read most of Seraphina, and it’s a wonderful book, by the way.

  10. Hello,
    I too am wondering where one may order a signed copy as it sounds just the sort of book my daughter would love, could you perhaps let us know where you may be doing some signings so that we may contact relevant bookstores please.

    • At this point, there are signed books at KidsBooks in Vancouver, Mabel’s Fables in Toronto, and a few Indigo stores in Toronto. I haven’t gotten to the States yet, but I will be in Seattle mid-August (I presume I’ll sign some stock there, but not 100% certain – I’m down to tape a show with Nancy Pearl), and then I’m touring in the US for two weeks mid to late September.

      I really should put this up as an information page. πŸ™‚ Hope that answers it for now!

  11. OH my – one of the best reads in a long time… my son is bugging me for it… so I have to finish it up… savouring it – glad to hear there is another in the works!! Thank you so much for this great book!!

  12. Just finished after a marathon reading session … loved the book and I thank you with all my heart for it, but am now filled with frustration at it being over, knowing more is coming, but not knowing when …. don’t worry … I have lived through this in the past and I suppose I will make it through this time πŸ˜› Just be aware that there are those of us on tenterhooks out here.

    (… I would really like to know how her arm heals where she cut herself. Do dragons shed their scales … thus does it grow back? Is it scar tissue, and if so, is it like human scar tissue or tougher, as I would assume dragon skin would be? ….lol … I know, I’m a geek)

  13. Read this via kindle having seen the book in a shop, thought my son would love it but I wanted to read it first, I agreed it would be a great audio book and you have left me wanting to read the sequel.

  14. Really enjoyed Seraphina and was willing her and the prince on. Obviously not to be – yet. I do think you’ve cracked WHY the dragons are, which is a tremendous achievement. Now waiting impatiently for the next story. And the one after that…

  15. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Seraphina. Thank you for your hard work. I will definitely be looking forward to a sequel. Take your time though. Anticipating a good book is almost as good as reading it.

  16. I just read it and I loved it! I have a hard time going through all the junk books out there to find quality ones that really stick with you. This is sticking with me, I can tell!

  17. Hi! I just finished Seraphina and loved it! My only complaint is that I desperately need more story. Will there be a continuation to Seraphina’s story, or at least something set in the same universe?

  18. I can’t tell you how happy I was to find Seraphina and her world. What a wonderful place to escape to. I didn’t want to come back. I cried when the princess died and when I thought Orma would have his thoughts removed. I figured out he was a dragon and Phina’s uncle before we were told in the book, and I was rooting for them! I’m also glad there is hope for the prince and Phina in the future, although I hope by then the Princess finds someone else so her heart won’t be broken and she has someone to support her besides her cousin. Just as an FYI, I am WAY beyond the “normal traditional age range” of YA readers, and I was hooked from the start and can’t wait for the next book. If you were releasing your books at the major book stores like a certain English writer living in Scotland, I would suggest midnight release dragon-theme parties! πŸ™‚

  19. I seen your book in Coles one day and I was interested enough to request it for my birthday present and I have to say Seraphina is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot, including a lot of Anne McCaffrey. I literally just finished reading it out loud to my husband, who loves books just doesn’t love reading them himself, and we are both in love with your book. We desperately hope for more about Seraphina and can’t wait for the sequel. I want to know what happens next and dread the time in between now and when the next book comes out.

    I love fantasy books so much I’ve been writing for years but do to personal reasons I’ve had to put it down for the last 6 months but after reading Seraphina I’ve been driven with the desire and need to pick my pen back up and resume my musing.

    Thank you, Rachel Hartman, I love your work. You write so very well and you captured my interest in the first page and held my need and want to know what happens next through the entire book. Keep writing you are amazing!!!


  20. Unbelievable story. I’m at the middle of the end of the book and I just can’t put it down. There’s dragons, a powerful woman main character, an adorable sense of humour that requires you to read between the lines, and a vocabulary that satisfies my more literal side. I’m already burning for the sequel.
    Is it out soon? I noticed the most recent comment about it was 5ish months ago. Is it out now? How many books do you think their might be? πŸ˜€

  21. Seraphina was an amazing novel. The plot was so interesting and I fell in love with the characters. I felt for Phina when she discovered she loved a man that probably wouldn’t love her back. I can’t wait for more books to come from Mrs. Hartman. Job very well done!

  22. I just finished reading Seraphina and I feel like I have lost a friend. What a fantastic book! Please tell me there is more to come?? Thank you so much for such a wonderful read!

  23. Is there a sequel planned? When will we see it? I’m sorry if you’ve answered this already, but I couldn’t find it. I just finished reading Seraphina and it was fantastic! More please!

  24. bought the book for one of my daughters (11), thought i would read a few pages and could not stop until I finished. We all love it and cannot wait for book 2!!!!

  25. I bought this book on audible and really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next book to come out! I did find it a little unusual having my own name and nickname read out though…

    I will be getting a paper copy for my niece as I know she will love it too.

  26. I bought Serafina as a christmas present for myself. My first fantasy book in a long time. I just finished it and I really loved it, I had so much sympathy for Serafina. Now I can’t wait for a sequel, when will it be published?

    • Thanks so much for telling me! Sorry I’m slow to answer. At this point, it looks like the sequel will be coming out in the spring of 2014. Later than I’d have liked, but it will be a better book with a bit more time spent on it.

  27. OMG your book is soooo good! And guess what? My name is the exact same as Seraphinas’! And I’m obsessed about dragons! I’m trying to be an author to, despite my young age (13), and are already writing a book. Hope to see a sequel soon!

    • Sorry I’m so slow to reply! I’m trying to be really disciplined and stay focused on the sequel. I am so, so pleased you enjoyed it, and it is always special to see your name in a book, I agree. Keep writing! This career takes a lot of patience, but it’s worth it!

  28. I would just like to let you know that I loved Seraphina and devoured it in a day. I went to Barnes and Nobles originally to purchase a book of a completely different sort, but they did not have it in stock, and instead I saw a salesman stacking Graceling and the Tortall books on a table absurdly far away from the YA books. I went to go check the table out and found almost all of my favorites laid out in this secluded dusty corner.
    That is where i found your book. I read the synopsis and bought it immediately, mostly because lately the content of teen books seem to for love interests into the description even thought they do not seem like a major part of the plot. It was refreshing to read Seraphina and exciting to watch her fall in love naturally instead of having it thrust upon her forcefully buy the author.
    I read this book while I was out of school for the flu and it gave me such a range of emotions I am not sure whether it was a good thing for me to get so worked up over my attachment to the characters only after an hour. Now finding that there will be a sequel I will wait impatiently to fill the empty space laid out next to your amazing novel. I dream of one day writing a story as elaborate in plot, world-building, and characterization as your own. And thank you a hundred thousand years for this wonderful read.

  29. I’m almost done with Seraphina and I’m eagerly awaiting your next book! I’m a teen reader, and Seraphina is definitely one of the most gripping and exciting books I’ve in a long time- I’m really glad someone had the good sense to give it to me as a Christmas gift. πŸ™‚ Just wondering if you’re going to be in the Seattle area again anytime soon?

  30. Congratulations on winning the 2013 William C. Morris award! I am a book reviewer and your book sounds awesome! If you are interested in a review to get more word out, let me know. If not, totally understand. Have a great day.

  31. I got Seraphina for a book project due in April. First day I brought it to school and “OK”ed it with my teacher. Right away I fell in love with the book! The next day i brought in in again to class and I had already finished it!!
    An amazing book! I can’t wait for the second!

  32. Greetings Rachel
    I’m much older than your intended audience and am currently working my way through a psychology degree in Australia. I adored Seraphina, a name I have always loved. I actually was hoping to publish my book under that pseudonym. I just had to buy your book based on the title alone. How thrilled I am that judging a book on this meagre fact welcomed me into a fascinating world of dragons and magic! I have long been a paranormal fantasy fan and I must thank you for not writing about werewolves or vampires!!!
    Forever a loyal fan

  33. You know that feeling you get when you read an amazing new story and it is wonderful?

    You want desperately to hold onto that feeling of discovery, innovation, and joy. So you fear reading anything else, lest it obliterate that sensation.

    You don’t want to replace it with disappointment: dismay at the quality of writing these days, or the lingering question of why editors have given up on grammar, when it evokes such sweet pleasure…

    That is how I felt when I read Seraphina.

    Thank you.

    I have a trillion questions and could write a dissertation about your story.

    I suppose my first was this: how did you overcome the challenge of plot, and weave it into external conflict?

  34. Hi I was wondering if it is possible if you could come to Toronto for book signings. I know it must be difficult but if you can there are a lot of people that would really be happy to meet you!

  35. Original cover HC ordered yesterday on ebay, Barnes and Noble has ’em on sale for about $15 shipped. Must be clearing stock for the new cover edition!

  36. Hello! I am a young author and I had some questions about getting published, writing well, and other important authorly things. I think it would really help me to talk to someone who’s already on the path on which I wish to travel.

    I really enjoyed Seraphina — I loved-loved-loved your vocabulary! (It is so refreshing to read a book where you don’t know all the meanings of the words. I feel like a young kid again!)

    I JUST missed being able to chat with you on Figment.com (sadness!), but I was hoping you could email me and we could chat about writing.

  37. I just purchased your book from B&N on Saturday and finished devouring it today. I absolutely loved it! It was wonderful and I loved the characters. I hope there is a second one on the way! I look forward to more books!

  38. Just finished Seraphina and I enjoyed it immensely! Wonderful world-building and characters and story, leaving me hankering for more! Thanks for the cast of characters and glossary as well. I am a 64 year old reader of YA and fantasy among other genres and I thank you for creating this wonderful society and sharing it with your readers. I shall wait with difficulty for your next book.

    • Yeah, what she said!

      Rachel, I just finished it this afternoon and I’m agog at the story you told, and the skill with which you told it.

      Looking forward to MANY years and MANY stories to come!

  39. I loved Seraphina! It felt as though I had come home. Please write me into your story so I can live there too! My copy is already well traveled, posted from Germany to South Africa as a birthday present. Brilliant book – absolutely brilliant! Was most surprised, come the end of the book, when I discovered that I was not actually Seraphina and did not have any scales around my stomach or arm. Keep writing and I hope the sequel is out soon =)

  40. I found this book at random on some webpage while using Stumbleupon, read the summary, bought it, read it and fell in love. You’ve written the sort of book that makes me feel with every character and not want to put it down for any amount of time because I feel like I’m missing out on something wonderful …
    Thanks! Sadly, I just finished reading it. No pressure, but, ah, I’m eager for the sequel. πŸ˜€ And for whatever else you will be writing in the future.
    So, keep up the amazing work. πŸ™‚

  41. Hello there! I’ve been looking for “The Audition” to no avail. Might you tell me, please, from where I could purchase a copy? Thanks in advance!

  42. Hi! I’ve just read this in four hours straight and I absolutely loved it – I was really engaged in the characters, the plot, and I really enjoyed what you did with the dragons.

    I have an… unusual question. Was this inspired by Star Trek at all? Because I saw quite a few parallels between the dragons and Vulcans.

    I’m sorry to just leave this here, but I wasn’t sure where to direct questions like this otherwise.

  43. Hello I just had to tell you that I just finished Seraphina and cant wait for the sequel, but I agree with your editor in that quality is better than speed. I also wanted to let you know that in my opinion Seraphina is lightyears better than Eragon. It had better speed and a clearer plotline and character development. I loved the romance, but at the same time felt sorry for Selda. This book brought back my love of literature, and I’m so glad because I really missed it. I’ve had some rough times(who hasnt), but I really identified with your quote: “They had rather endure physical pain than mental anguish.” Its tough living with GAD, but you’ve really opened my eyes and let me know Im not alone. Thanks from a fifteen-year-old πŸ™‚

  44. Hello!
    My name is Katarina and my boyfriend purchased Seraphina in a book store around March of this year. He brought it to lunch, and said I should read the first couple pages. I did. After that I didn’t stop! It was so evident I loved the book so much that my boyfriend let me keep it! I have read it three times now! I love it so much and the way you write. I’m dying to know when, or if, there is a sequel because I want to be first in line to buy it!

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