Shadow Scale

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Shadow Scale
Cover of the novel Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (US edition).
Davidson cover of first edition
AuthorRachel Hartman
Cover artistAndrew Davidson
GenreYoung adult fantasy novel
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
March 10, 2015
Media typePrint (hardcover and electronic book) and audio-CD
LC ClassPZ7.H26736Sh 2015

Shadow Scale is a 2015 fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman and is the sequel and conclusion to her 2012 debut Seraphina. It was released in hardcover, ebook, and audio book format on March 10, 2015.


Shadow Scale starts about three months after the events of Seraphina. A war between rebel dragons and those dragons loyal to the peace treaty with humans has begun. Seraphina sets out to search for other half-human/half-dragons like herself in travels that take her away from Goredd to the states of Samsam, Ninys, and Porphyry, in the hopes that the other half-dragons will be able to protect Goredd from attack. She is opposed by other forces who have their own plans to make use of the half-dragons.


Shadow Scale appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List for Young Adult books in its first week of eligibility.[1] Critical reviews have been positive, with the book receiving several starred reviews. Kirkus Reviews wrote that Hartman "continues to expand her world with enough history and detail to satisfy even the most questioning of readers, doing it all so naturally that it’s hard to believe this is fiction. Dragon fiction has never flown higher."[2] Booklist[3] and Publishers Weekly also gave Shadow Scale starred reviews, with the latter writing "This is a worthy and wholly satisfying continuation of Seraphina’s tale.".[4] Quill & Quire wrote "Shadow Scale is an exceptionally written fantasy seen through the eyes of a young woman caught between two worlds. Fans of Seraphina who have been eagerly awaiting this follow up will not be disappointed."[5]


  1. ^ "Best Sellers, Young Adult, March 29, 2015". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-20.
  2. ^ "Shadow Scale, by Rachel Hartman". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  3. ^ "Shadow Scale, by Rachel Hartman". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  4. ^ "Shadow Scale, by Rachel Hartman". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2015-01-28.
  5. ^ "Shadow Scale, by Rachel Hartman". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 2015-03-20.

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