The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…
Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.
Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was.
Emmeline agrees, but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.
With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.
The first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology, MarcyKate Connolly weaves a tale filled with shadows, danger, and magic that has the feel of a new classic.
Title: Shadow Weaver
Series: Shadow Weaver #1
Author: MarcyKate Connolly
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
I regret not reading this sooner. It’s everything I love when I’m not immersed in sex and brutal violence, and having a young heroine’s innocence in which to view this fantasy world was surprisingly refreshing. And though it’s a young, naive girl struggling to survive on her own, the world is dark enough to keep me interested. It’s just… wow.
Emmeline is a child you just want to take out to ice cream, if only to see her smile. All her short life, her unique powers over the shadows isolated her, and when she’s forced to run away, it’s Dar, her shadow, who keeps her safe. When I read this, I was totally invested from the first paragraph. I loved the hook, the setup of this darling little girl who plays in the world of shadows. She does a lot of naive, childish things but it’s because she’s a kid. Her age is actually one of the reasons why I could handle all the things she did without wanting to scream in frustration. There are a lot of heroines out there who don’t exactly act their age, but Emmeline was okay. If anything, she seemed like a brave little trooper, considering.
It was a quick but well-paced story of a young girl figuring out where she fits in the world, and it was sweet to see her go through life lessons of trust and friendship. The only issue I had when reading this is also something I have to commend, which is her trust in Dar. If you can get frustrated with an imaginary character, the author’s doing something right. I am so following this series, and I really hope you give this book a chance if you love everything I’ve said so far. I’d tell you more, but that would mean spoiling it, which I won’t do.