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Shadow Weaver Series, Book 1
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Shadow Weaver Series, Book 1
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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.

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.

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About the Author-
  • MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times bestselling children's book author who lives in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. Like the main character in her Shadow Weaver duology, she once had an imaginary friend who did very naughty things, like eating directly from the sugar bowl and playing hide-and-seek with her parents-without telling them-whenever they went department store shopping. Later in life, she graduated from Hampshire College (a magical place where they don't give you grades) where she wrote an opera sequel to Hamlet as the equivalent of senior thesis. It was also there that she first fell in love with plotting and has been dreaming up new ways to make life difficult for her characters ever since. You can visit her online and learn more about her stories at marcykate.com.
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  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2017

    Gr 4-6-Emmeline's magical shadow-weaving makes her an outcast despite her aristocratic class, which is why she's always been especially grateful for her "shadow," Dar, whose whispers protect her-and discourage her from making other friends. When Emmeline's parents threaten to send her away after she causes an accident, Dar helps her escape. But is Dar truly Emmeline's shadow, or something more sinister? When Dar begins whispering about a ceremony that will give her a real body, Emmeline must decide how far she'll go to help her closest companion whose dominant personality leaves Emmeline struggling for a sense of herself. Though some readers may question the protagonist's seemingly naive trust in her manipulative friend, their unusual relationship may spark discussion about the destructive potential of certain types of intimacy and relationships. As Emmeline explores the outside world, she must shake off her passivity and disassociate herself from her "shadow" with the help of her new friend, light-weaving Lucas. Connolly's descriptions of magic, especially of Emmeline's shadow-play, are vivid and invigorating. The looming threat of an off-stage magic-eating villain leaves the novel somewhat open-ended, with the potential for a sequel. VERDICT Readers looking for a supernatural twist on toxic friendships will appreciate this complex and compelling read.-Katherine Magyarody, Texas A&M University, College Station

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    November 1, 2017
    A young girl with the power to manipulate shadows must fight for her life against enemies and friends alike in this middle-grade fantasy.Emmeline, born under the blessing of a magic-granting comet, has had an affinity for shadows since infancy. Now 12, a white girl with shadow-black eyes and hair, Emmeline has a powerful talent for shadow weaving that delights her and terrifies those around her--and it doesn't help that her own shadow, called Dar, has a life of its own. When her parents plan to hand her over to the Lady Aisling, who promises to "cure" Emmeline and others like her of their magic, Emmeline flees, taking shelter with a family that is also in hiding to protect their son, who can command light. Lagging under the yoke of exposition as Emmeline and Dar's longtime intimacy steadily falls foul, the narrative culminates in a stampede of an ending in which Emmeline realizes how much she has been manipulated by one closest to her. The interplay of light and dark and the moral ambiguity threaded through Connolly's worldbuilding are everything readers have come to expect from the author of Monstrous (2015), but despite efforts to push against the tired synonymy of darkness and evil, the effect is compromised by a key revelation.Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak (2015) will find much the same chills and sequel-primed mystery here. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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  • Booklist, starred review "[Connolly's] use of language and suspense is captivating, resulting in a gripping tale that is wholly original. Dark, yet dazzling, this first installment in a planned duology is sure to popular. A perfect choice for fans of Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon"
  • Shelf Awareness, starred review "Shadow Weaver is a spooky thriller filled with danger and magic... a fresh take on magic and friendship not to be missed.
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  • School Library Journal "Vivid and invigorating."
  • Foreword Reviews "Connolly's narrative is full of meaningful moral lessons-on the limits of loyalty, the importance of honesty, and the absolute necessity of trusting others... an enchanting new juvenile fantasy series.
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  • School Library Connection "This book contains plenty of action and intrigue to keep the reader turning pages. It is quick to read and contains enough unsolved mysteries to make the reader look forward to the next title in the series."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "The theme of friendship is handled deftly here... A gripping finale reveals the truth about the "cure" for magic, and readers will eagerly anticipate learning more in a promised sequel."
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