Shadows

Shadows

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A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword , as well as the classic titles Beauty , Chalice , Spindle's End, Pegasus and Sunshine
 
Maggie knows something's off about Val, her mom's new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won't have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But--more importantly--what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie's great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.
 
Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He's from Oldworld too--and he's heard of Maggie's stepfather, and has a guess about Val's shadows. Maggie doesn't want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.
 
In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie's discovering the world will need both to survive.
Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399165795
0399165797
Branch Call Number: YA FIC McKin
Characteristics: 356 p.

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KatieStringer
Aug 30, 2016

“First rule: If your dog doesn’t do what you want, it’s your fault.”

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KatieStringer
Aug 30, 2016

“Majid gave me a brief dazzling golden stare and then half-lidded his eyes again. I know when my life is being threatened.”

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

Mom came in to check on me. She sat on the end of my bed and we talked a little. But there wasn’t really much to say. She was married to Val. And I couldn’t bear to be around him.

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

I knew that the stuff they teach you in school about magical hygiene and how all magicians are psychopaths is just grown-up nonsense like if you never kiss anyone you won’t get pregnant (you have to wonder about adults sometimes; it’s not the kissing that does it).

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

Anyone who reads fairy tales should know never to let a magician keep his wand . . .

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

She and Val looked at each other. It was like something in a cartoon. I swear I could see the hearts and flowers rushing back and forth between them like on a golden sunbeam. It was kind of cute. It was kind of icky.

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

. . . I cradled it, like I would a half-grown puppy at the shelter who doesn’t understand that its ghastly ex-owners dumped it on the street for the crime of being a puppy.

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

its name had originally been Witchhaven. They’d changed it to just Haven after they cut the magic gene out of everybody in Newworld – and _witch_ become a word you didn’t use in polite company. (If you had to say anything, you said _magician_.)

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andreareads
Jan 21, 2014

he doesn’t take any crap from _anybody_. This would be okay if he had a less all-inclusive definition of “crap.”

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TracyLynn_33
Aug 07, 2017

2/5 stars. The world that Maggie inhabits is poorly explained, and why magic is so distrusted/policed against in Newworld. Jargon is thrown around without proper explanation. I can sum up the book as this Maggie hates her stepfather -> Maggie learns she's different -> She never fully gets to understand what she is by the end of the book -> She rescues he stepfather (and doesn't mind him so much) -> she develops a love for werewolf boy in one chapter -> meet up with aunts -> the book ends. This book is interesting, but disjointed, confusing and ends with no real ending or conclusion. Don't waste your life on this one.

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KatieStringer
Aug 30, 2016

Robin Mckinley can create a world in a few simple pages and that is what we face when we read Shadows.

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lianaguid99
Dec 15, 2015

this was ok, i've read much better books. why does she like the wolf dude anyway? If you want something with a much better girl-and-wolf boy love story, read The Lunar Chronicles (its in Scarlet) by Marissa Meyer. Or if you like magic, read Lord of the Rings. They are some of the beeest books of all times.

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sandette
Jun 21, 2015

I didn't like this one at all. The story is confusing, and the author's prose is really weird and chunky. The people in the book were also odd. Idk, there was just something I really didn't like about this book. Don't recommend at all.

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foxylady31
Nov 05, 2014

i FOUND THIS BOOK TO BE VERY CONFUSING. pERHAPS BECAUSE IT IS THE LAST IN THE SERIES. i WILL TRY ANOTHER MCKINLEY BOOK AT ANOTHER TIME

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tocch101
Jun 19, 2014

Addicting, as all McKinley books are. A good story with a fascinating idea and division of the world. It feels very full circle, and finally has a decent combination of a werewolf.

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Rat525
Mar 02, 2014

This is a really great book with unexpected surprises! I read a lot of teen supernatural books and I am really enjoying this one so far!

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