Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
By Daniel José Older
Paint a mural. commence a conflict. switch the world.
Sierra Santiago deliberate a simple summer season of constructing artwork and putting out together with her buddies. yet then a corpse crashes the 1st get together of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather begins apologizing persistently. And while the work of art in her local start to weep genuine tears... good, anything extra sinister than the standard Brooklyn ruckus goes on.
With the aid of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, an exhilarating magic that infuses ancestral spirits into work, song, and tales. yet a person is killing the shadowshapers one after the other -- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their maximum mystery. Now she needs to get to the bottom of her family's earlier, take down the killer within the current, and retailer the way forward for shadowshaping for generations to come.
Full of a pleased, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer time evening, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic not like anything in fable fiction, and marks the YA debut of a daring new voice.
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