Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost
By Gregory Frost
“[A] fairly gorgeous new myth novel….[Shadowbridge] achieves a type of Florentine grace and stability infrequent in glossy fable, interpolating stories inside stories, taking part in creative video games with standpoint, and supplying quite a lot of passages of surpassingly gorgeous prose. It's a much more vital novel than its nearly generic-sounding name could suggest….For all its painterly good looks, Shadowbridge is a tough-minded novel that confronts a few irritating matters, and that's remarkably effective within the telling; although it's in simple terms the 1st 1/2 a duology to be accomplished subsequent spring, it will get as a lot performed in just over 250 pages as many different fantasies do in big-brown-bag trilogies…[Frost has] loads of explaining to do, and it's not really that any one who reads this compelling and unique novel will fail to keep on with it into the second one quantity. Frost might be on his means towards a masterpiece.”
"Shadowbridge is a labyrinthine net of causeways, spiraling out throughout an unlimited shallow sea, whose cultures are blends of our personal heritage and mythology. Frost's enormous powers of mind's eye and outline flooring the disparate locales and societies of his global through story - those lived, informed to and via younger Leodora in her trip of self-discovery. superbly written and realized."
--Jeffrey Ford, writer of THE EMPIRE OF ICE CREAM
“Orphaned 16-year-old Leodora, a skilled puppeteer and storyteller, is compelled to conceal her identification and gender as she travels the spans and tunnels of the ocean-crossing Shadowbridge in Frost’s fascinating first of a diptych. obdurate and god-touched, Leodora feels approximately friendless until eventually she meets a early life with related presents. Diverus, an enslaved simpleton, is endowed with intelligence and uncanny musical skills whilst an unpredictable deity visits his span. whilst Diverus performs and Leodora plays, their synergy creates magic and brings them rapid repute. in simple terms Leodora’s mentor, the ceaselessly drunken Soter, realizes that their brilliance draws risky chaos strength, and he needs to guard the younger pair whereas maintaining long-held secrets and techniques concerning the deaths of Leodora’s mom and dad and the risks of her expertise. Frost (Fitcher’s Brides) attracts richly designated human characters and adorns his multilayered tales with interesting creatures–benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods–that make this delusion a gleaming gem of mythic invention and wonder.”–Publishers Weekly
“Shadowbridge is a global built at the spans of bridges, so immense that nobody can pass each bridge, within which sometimes gods stroll the earth and drop their presents into the arms of the unsuspecting. Leodora is a touring puppeteer storyteller referred to as Jax to guard her identification. Hers is a narrative of occasions that begun along with her chatting with a god. As in conversations with gods in lots of different tales, an important factor is left unsaid. From strolling the spans to amassing the unusual stories of each position she visits to choosing up a god-touched musician for her act, Leodora’s trip is stuffed with the bright info of Frost’s masterful international construction. the story begins taking up stress as Leodora’s status grows and she or he starts off attracting harmful cognizance, the sort final attracted via her predecessor, the mythical Bardsham. Leodora’s touring significant other and supervisor, Soter, traveled with Bardsham, too, and obviously is familiar with extra of his destiny than he’s telling. He drops tricks occasionally, while distracted, yet by no means fairly tells Leodora the total tale. Frost has created an international containing all demeanour of amazing tale and the promise of a desirable historical past as Leodora strikes into her future and the unknown future.”–Booklist (starred review)
“One of fantasy’s so much difficult thinkers, who additionally is familiar with easy methods to inform a top-notch story.”
–Karen Traviss, long island occasions bestselling writer of urban of Pearl
Sprung from a undying dream, Shadowbridge is an international of associated spans arching excessive above glittering seas. it's a international of parading ghosts, inscrutable gods, and unsafe magic. so much of all, it's a international of stories.
No one is aware these tales higher than Leodora, a tender shadow-puppeteer who travels Shadowbridge amassing the intertwining stories and myths of every position she passes via, then retells them in performances whose genius has started to draw repute . . . and no more welcome attention.
For Leodora is fleeing a violent earlier, as are her partners: her supervisor, Soter, an aged drunkard who additionally served Ledora’s father, the mythical puppeteer Bardsham; and Diverus, her musical accompanist, a tender guy who has been blessed, and maybe cursed, by way of the contact of a anonymous god.
Now, because the strands of a future she didn't select start to tighten round her, Leodora is set to move the main perilous bridge of all–the one prime from the prior to the future.
Shadowbridge is the 1st novel in a two-book adventure.
Praise for Gregory Frost
“Frost demonstrates his mastery of the quick tale shape in what is going to definitely rank as the best delusion collections of the year.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review), on assault of the Jazz Giants and different Stories
“Suspenseful . . . challenging to place down . . . will stick with the reader for an extended time.”
–BookPage, on Fitcher’s Brides
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