Rachel Hartman Quotes

Seraphina is a 2012 fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman and is her debut novel. The book was published on July 10, 2012 by Random House Publishing and was ranked at number 8 The New York Times Best Seller list in its first week of publication. Seraphina was awarded the 2013 William C. Morris Award for the best young adult work by a debut author. Foreign language rights to the novel have been sold in twenty languages, including Spanish and Hebrew. A sequel entitled Shadow Scale came out in 2015.

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Rachel Hartman


I took a break, stretched, tried again, failed, kicked over the music stand (I am not proud of that), and wonder whether I had reached the limits of my musical ability. Maybe I'd never had any. Surely someone with a modicum of talent wouldn't have to work this hard.

Rachel Hartman


We shall have long meetings where Kiggs agonizes and Glisselda teases him. That's the pattern so far.

Rachel Hartman


Orma moved a pile of books off a stool for me but seated himself directly on another stack. This habit of his never ceased to amuse me. Dragons no longer hoarded gold; Comonot's reforms had outlawed it. For Orma and his generation, knowledge was treasure. As dragons through the ages had done, he gathered it and then he sat on it.

Rachel Hartman


The twin gods, Necessity and Chance, walked among the stars. What needed to be, was; what might be, sometimes was.

Rachel Hartman


Here there was no monster greater than the ragged mountains.

Rachel Hartman


He looked up at the reddening sky and said with a self-deprecating laugh, "You put me to shame, Seraphina. Your bravery always has.""It's not bravery; it's bullheaded bumbling."He shook his head, staring off into the middle distance. "I know courage when I see it, and when I lack it.

Rachel Hartman


An aged monk led me to the infirmary. "He's got the place to himself. Once the other invalids learned there was a dragon coming they miraculously got well! The lame could walk and the blind decided they didn't really need to see. He's a panacea.

Rachel Hartman


How did you merit so much devotion so quickly?' I asked, making no attempt to keep the sarcasm from my voice.'I show them Heaven', said she, without a trace of irony. 'People are so desperate for light'.

Rachel Hartman


We were all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful.

Rachel Hartman


Metaphor is awkward, but emotion, by its nature, leaves you no more scalable approach.

Rachel Hartman


The truth may not be told. Here is an acceptable lie.

Rachel Hartman


Sometimes the truth has difficulty breaching the city walls of our beliefs. A lie, dressed in the correct livery, passes through more easily.

Rachel Hartman


Haven't you always been more than yourself? Haven't we all? We are none of us just one thing.

Rachel Hartman


And I realized a wondrous truth: that knowledge could be our treasure, that there were things humankind knew that we did not, that our conquest need not comprise taking and killing, but could consist of our mutual conquest of ignorance and distrust.

Rachel Hartman


However strenuously the world pulls us apart, however long the absence, we are not changed for being dashed upon the rocks. I knew you then, I know you now, I shall know you again when you come home.

Rachel Hartman