A sweet coming of age story with just enough darkness and danger to make it even more interesting. Emmaline can control the shadows around her. Dar, Emmaline’s own shadow, is her only friend – and fellow troublemaker. When a stranger arrives at the estate and threatens to take Emmaline away from home to “cure her,” Dar encourages her to run and run they do. Watching Emmaline grow and realize what was happening around her, because of her, was fascinating. I can't wait to see where she goes from here in the next book.— Lindsey
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.