I was lucky enough to meet Rachel Hartman and scored a copy of her most recent novel, Tess of the Road, at last year's BC Library Association conference. I gobbled up Tess of the Road - it was my favourite YA read of last year - despite the fact that it was technically a sequel to her earlier novels, Seraphina and Shadow Scale. (In case you're wondering, Tess worked wonderfully as a standalone, and quickly caught me up on the world-building done in the first two novels). I finally picked up Seraphina last week, and felt warmly welcomed back into this world. Hartman's dragons are unlike any I've ever met, and Seraphina, much like Tess, is a flawed but utterly relatable heroine, grappling with her identity and society's expectations. Hartman's fantasy writing relies more on character development than action, which certainly won't work for everyone, but I can't get enough - onto Shadow Scale tonight!