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Shadow Weaver (edition 2018)

by MarcyKate Connolly (Author)

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Member:nwessler
Title:Shadow Weaver
Authors:MarcyKate Connolly (Author)
Info:Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2018), 324 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:juvenile, arc

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MarcyKate Connolly (Monstrous, Ravenous) begins a new, middle-grade series for fans of "Serafina and the Black Cloak" and "Button Hill" with "Shadow Weaver". Emmaline is a 12 year old girl in an undefined time period (though one that will call back to countless fairy tales and fantasy stories) who lives in an estate with her parents. Emmaline is a shadow weaver - one of the few children born every 25 years with special abilities. While Emmaline can control the shadows, her own shadow has a life of its own. When a dangerous accident happens in her estate, Emmaline and her shadow, Dar, must escape to the woods. Emmaline meets a boy her age with his own abilities and his family takes Emmaline in, but what follows is a dangerous and exciting adventure as Emmaline tries to keep everyone safe while helping her oldest friend and shadow realize her own wishes. "Shadow Weaver" is well paced, trotting along at a perfect speed. Action and suspense are speckled with humor; scary moments and violence are strategically placed. The characters are described by eye and hair color - skin is rarely mentioned, if ever, implying whiteness but nevertheless leaving the door open for interpretation. Emmaline makes mistakes which feel appropriate for her age and experience; her head and heart battle frequently, and Emmaline must address the ramifications of her actions. Readers will enjoy Emmaline's first adventure and be asking for the second installment long before it hits the shelves. Recommended! ( )
  ThatOneLibrarian | Aug 18, 2018 |
This was such a great story and I am so happy that there appears to be a planned sequel. It's a fantasy-horror-mystery that is both exceptionally well written and deeply engrossing. Emmeline is a wonderful protagonist. Her loneliness and longing for belonging are palpable and even as you know she is making mistakes, you understand why she is making them. Even as you sense Dar's malevolence, you understand Emmeline's loyalty to her. And really it's the exploration of friendship, of self-acceptance and self-reliance that make this book so captivating. Although, yes, the whole shadow and light magic interplay is interesting too ( As I noted as I read, "It's like the Darkling and Alina if they were kids...and gender swapped...and in stead of being evil, the Darkling was just under the influence of a most likely malevolent spirit.") as is the mystery behind those "bad people" kidnapping magical children. It's just an all around great read and I cannot recommend it enough. Definitely one of my favorite middle-grade reads this year. ( )
  nwessler | Jun 20, 2018 |
Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that’s filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic.

Emmeline’s gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she’s grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company.

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.
Out January 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
A girl who can control her shadows; a companion shadow that talks to her and is mischievous, and an adventure into discovering who she really is and why she can do what she can…

A great middle-grade read! Filled with fantasy, magic, shadows behaving unnaturally, suspense, and adventure… you can’t go wrong with this book. The relationship between Dar and Emmeline is cleverly written. The MC’s character arc develops perfectly, with Dar helping her to reach her goals.

The author’s lyrical writing moves the pace along unhindered and transitioning from one plot element to the next without issue. The author’s voice carries the story forward with captivating qualities.

Connolly is a true story-teller of amazing talent. She captivates the reader and keeps them invested in the world she’s created through talent and a mesmerizing ability to haunt your thoughts.

What a great book! I’m so happy to have found this author and will be looking forward to seeing what she is writing next! ( )
  JLSlipak | Mar 29, 2018 |
I received this ARC from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Shadow Weaver by Marcy Kate Connolly is a wonderful middle grade read. Emmeline was born with a very special gift, she can weave shadows into shapes and objects by controlling them. Since her parents and their servants are afraid of her she has had a very long time to work on her magic alone. She befriends and talks to her own shadow, Dar, and they become best friends. After a few tragic events Emmeline's parents make arrangements with evil to have Emmeline sent away to be cured. Emmeline becomes scared and her and Dar make a plan to set things right by making Dar a real person but they must run away to stay safe until the night of the blood moon. Quickly after running away Emmeline discovers she isn't sure Dar can be trusted and she meets another little boy, Lucas. Lucas has a magical power too. He can bend light. Together they form a bond and Emmeline knows what it feels like to have a real friend and the price you pay when someone you care for gets hurt because she withheld the truth of what she knew. Middle graders everywhere can enjoy this read January 2018. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com ( )
  SBoren | Dec 16, 2017 |
Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is the first book in the Shadow Weaver duology. Emmeline is a Shadow Weaver. Since her birth, she has been able to control shadows. Emmeline's shadow Dar, her only friend, is the only one to accept Emmeline. Even her parents do not accept her magic, so much in fact that her parents want to send her away.

The first thing I want to say about this book is that I love this cover. It truly conveys the story with just a glance. The next thing I want to say is this was an excellent story. The characters are well fleshed out, the author's imagination is outstanding, and the story is exceptionally well written. I cannot wait for the next book!

I received this book from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  feeroberts64 | Nov 18, 2017 |
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Emmeline's gift to control and manipulate shadows makes her the subject of mockery and fear. Forbidden to leave home by her parents, Emmeline's closest confidant is her own shadow, Dar. When a noble stranger visits and offers her parents a cure, Emmeline is terrified of losing her power and her only friend. So Dar proposes a deal: she will change the noble's mind if Emmeline will help her become flesh. When the man ends up in a coma, Emmeline is stunned and blamed. Now forced to flee, her only hope of clearing her name is to find a way to give the shadow she's no longer sure she can trust what it craves - life.… (more)

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