Seraphina Dombegh is my favorite literary character this year. She is closely followed by Lucian Kiggs. Both of them are in this book, so everybody wins. Unfortunately(read the book to understand why), Princess Glisselda is also pretty amazing. To sum up, the cast of characters is incredible. That alone is sufficient reason to read Seraphina. Just in case it doesn’t convince you, though, there’s also a ton of intrigue and surprises in the plot. It’s a page-turner.