Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To This Book?

I feel like it has been forever since Seraphina by Rachel Hartman came out. At least, forever in book blogger years. The wait for Shadow Scale, the sequel has felt interminable. I went about listening to the audiobook because Mandy Williams is a narrator that I do not often listen to and so, I wanted to try something new. Also, for the same reason I listen to audiobooks, because it fit better into my life as an audiobook than as reading the regular physical copy. Also? I was totally pumped to dive back into the world of humans, dragons, and half dragons.

What’s The Story Here?

Shadow Scale is about Seraphina’s journey to meet and gather all of the half dragons to have them help in this war that has broken out in Goredd between the dragons and the humans. So, Seraphina travels all over Goredd to meet the different half dragons in person and unite them. Goredd is vast and diverse. We learn all about the different cultures within Goredd which is actually really cool. Meanwhile, there’s another half dragon, Jannoula who has similar abilities to Seraphina in that she’s able to enter the minds of half dragons. Only, her abilities are a bit more sinister and so, she’s the villain. However, her character is three dimensional and honestly, once you get her whole story she becomes a bit of a sympathetic villain.

OH OH OH and there’s some QUILTBAG in this book and it is AWESOME. Yay yay yay sexuality diversity. YAY!

What Did I Think of Seraphina?

I liked Seraphina’s character development. She has to undergo some serious growth — not physically, but emotionally. Girl has to leave her comfort zone and take risks and to me, that’s awesome. I loved seeing that. I loved seeing her reactions to the different half dragons and the different friendships they kind of form. It’s interesting to take Seraphina’s journey with her through Goredd in Shadow Scale. Hartman has essentially aced characterization when it comes to Seraphina. She’s a half dragon who is complex and fascinating with a great heart. Clearly I am forever and always team Seraphina.

How’s The Romance?

Don’t hate on me for saying this but I thought that the romance in Shadow Scale was a disappointment. Like, it seemed like Kiggs was barely in the story and I missed the romance from Seraphina. Granted, there’s a twist. Still, I would have liked more kissing or hooking up or something.

How’s The Narration?

The narration in Shadow Scale is okay. It’s not my favorite narrated book ever. It’s also not the worst I’ve listened to. I did zone out a lot and I think that if I were to pick all over again, I would likely just read the physical book instead because there’s a whole lot of detail that I missed because I kept zoning during certain parts. I did, however, like Mandy Williams’ narration of certain characters.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

I liked a lot of elements of Shadow Scale. It was okay.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Unfortunately, I zoned out a little while reading the physical book too! This sequel fell a bit flat for me – I just wanted more of some things and less of others.
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  2. I still haven’t picked up this one, and I loved Seraphina. I keep hearing though that Shadowscale is a decent, but not awesome book. I can’t decide if I should read it or not.
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