I could kick myself for waiting to read this novel because as soon as I read the first sentence I knew that I should’ve gotten to it sooner.With “I remember being born” begins this outstanding coming of age tale. Seraphina slowly discovers she’s not like other children and as the story progresses it quickly becomes evident that her life isn’t going to be easy. There’s a memorable early scene where she laments that she just wants to be like other kids but she evolves into a strong character by the end. Then we have dragons taking human form, sometimes not too successfully. This leads to some interesting dilemmas.This novel is virtually flawless. You can’t help but root for our heroine, wish a pox on the bad guy, and admire the depth of the characters including the minor ones. The writing is epic and the world-building is amazing. This is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in quite a while. Most definitely 5 stars.