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Review: Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older

Lovely. Just lovely. 

 

I've read a lot of positive reviews about this, and all the good things are true. So many things to like about this one.

 

My favorite thing is probably how the form of magic is so ill suited to weaponization. So while our heroine does go through a combat training section and has to fight her way through some stuff, it isn't by increasing the level of violence she finds herself capable of. I can't say more without massive spoilers.

 

And man, I just love this Sierra girl to death. The scene where she flips off a mirror is epic in all the small, angry ways that are more true than non-fiction could ever be.

 

Lovely.