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Spirits That Walk in Shadow (Chapel Hollow #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  524 ratings  ·  59 reviews
From the award-winning author of "A Stir of Bones" comes the story of two freshman roommates and the "viri" or soul demon who is tracking one of them.
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Viking
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Laura Lulu
Great concept, lackluster execution. It wasn't horrible, it was just utterly boring. I was going to give it 3 stars, but when it came down to it, I didn't "like it", it "was ok", which is what the stars say when you hover over them. :)

The story takes place over 2-3 days, and we are supposed to just believe that these strangers all care so much about each other and will be lifelong friends, while never seeing anything to support these instant friendships. Lots of telling, little showing.

But most
I found the book to be a very interesting alternate take on various magical and vampiric concepts. It is the story of two teen girls, off to college for the first time. One has had major emotional stress for the previous several months, having lost the friendship of her best friend, who has turned into a terrible personal enemy. The other girl comes from a remote town in the Pacific Northwest [no, not the one from Twilight, although there are similarities:] and who is off to the "big city" life ...more
Dena Landon
Kim is hoping that her first year of college will be better than her last year of high school - that she'll shake off the crippling depression that set in after losing her best friend and make new friends. But when she meets her new, strange roommate Jamie and is immediately kicked out of their room for a religious ritual she starts to worry. But Jamie has a huge secret to hide, she and her family are part of a larger group that can perform magic. This is her first attempt at living with and get ...more
Xenophon Hendrix
I've now read six of Ms. Hoffman's novels. This one isn't bad, but it is the weakest.

The storyline features the primary and secondary characters flailing around while accomplishing little. Then the resolution of the conflict doesn't much come from the efforts of either of the co-protagonists. The result is less than satisfying.

The writing as writing is fine. The author's deft hand at depicting outsiders remains effective. There was enough here to keep me reading, and I enjoyed it, but Hoffman us
In Spirits That Walk in Shadow, Jaimie is a young woman from a magical family off to college for the first time. There she meets Kim, a regular human being (aside from her ability to feel things in colors) who has unknowingly been under a magical influence for quite some time. Jaimie and her relatives resolve to help Kim fight her tormentor, all while getting the first week of college underway.

The concept was awesome, but in the end I simply couldn't attach to the characters. The story is relate
Samuel Lubell
This is one of my favorite series, a sort of fantasy update of Zenna Henderson's The People, although I like Thread that Binds the Bones better. This book also is one of my favorite tropes, the discovering magic at college. There are two main character, Kim, a depressed freshman who has exceptional artistic talents and Jaime Locke, a child from a magical family (but inadequately trained due to events in the first book) for whom this is her first time associating with Outsiders (and isn't at all ...more
Fantastic setup; very little pay-off. Alas.
Dec 30, 2012 -RadioActiveBookWorm- rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone! (:
What an awesome book. And I knew it was going to be awesome from the moment I saw it. I mean, punk hair and ear piercings? Also. A cool looking lizard that I really want? How could it be horrible? And was I ever right. It was full of magic, and I learned things I didn't know could happen. Like when the 'feelings vamp' split itself into two separate people? that was awesome. I wish I could do that. I mean, changing into something totally different would be awesome too, but I dunno. Feelings child ...more
Most of Nina Kiriki Hoffman's works deal with members of a people with the power to wield magic and communicate with presences. This is the first work I know of that shows them as seen by an outsider. I liked the characters, the plot, the writing in general, the overall theme of growth, and how she touched on the complexity of justice and the presence of better answers to malfeasance than inflicting pain or destruction. As someone who works and lives near a university, I felt she made pretty muc ...more
John Wolfe
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My main problem with the book was it was all telling. Now telling has it's place in a story but let's show something happening. Well we did get to see an emotional mess in action, not quite what I meant!

A secondary problem was the story wasn't very developed. I enjoy a book better when it's not solved instantly. I mean 2 days really?!

I thought she had a handle on giving us decently developed characters, not much happened with them but we got them. She did leave you puzzling for 20 or so pages o
Aug 28, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of magic realism, charles de lint fans
Nina Kiriki Hoffman's books are weird--there's just no other way to describe them. Her style is quite distinctive, and I can see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. But the juxtaposition of really out-there stuff with everyday normalcy is a bit part of why I love them. She gets emotions right, too, and there's a _hopeful_ quality in her books. They generally have happy endings, but her characters do their best to earn them, to redeem themselves and each other.

One of the main characters in
The books chapters flip back and forth between, Kim and Jamie, the two main characters. Both girls enter college with very different backgrounds. Kim is artistic and has been suffering with depression. Her roommate Jamie is not what she appears to be when she bringing a household god to live in their dorm room. Fortunately for Kim, Jamie realizes that Kim’s depression has unnatural origins. With the aid of some of Jamie’s cousins, who also attend the same college, the new roommates try to invest ...more
I'm less than impressed.

I really liked A Fistful of Sky so I went out and bought several other books by Hoffman. Unfortunately, none of the rest seem to be nearly as good. I had high hopes for this book since it was also nominated for the Mythopoeic award, and I generally at least like the books that show up there.

Maybe it's that my expectations were too high due to the award nomination or maybe it's that reading the other books in the Chapel Hollow set just highlighted the more unbelievable asp
Too didactic for my taste. The narration was heavy towards dialogue, and most of those dialogues were endless circles of questions and answers that seemed shoehorned to occur almost hourly within the plot. While I found the characters interesting (particularly the artist character, Kim), the entire book covered a period of only two or three days and made the plot feel crammed and stagnant. And the longer I read, the less I appreciated the characters' habits of thinking in terms of taste and smel ...more
This is a very good read in my opinion. The villain was a little predictable, I guessed pretty quickly and only had a few small doubts. I didn't give it four stars because of the ending. I was disappointed about how abruptly things came to an end. I felt the ending could have been longer and explained better, it was very rushed. When I read books I usually tend to lean towards the ones that only have one point of view, I try not to read the ones that have more than three. This book worked well w ...more
I must say I was really not impressed with this book.

I loved A Fistful of Sky and loved the writing and was looking forward to read a lot more of Hoffman's work. I'm not so sure anymore.

My main issue was that I didn't care about the characters or feel a part of the book. It didn't seem real. I mean yeah, it's fantasy, but I like books where I'm going with the story and become invested in the character's lives. I wouldn't have cared if any of these characters had come to tragic ends.

It also fe
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Collegiate, rather than urban, fantasy with an engaging pair of heroines: a witch and an artist, depicting an intriguing cases of emotional vampirism.
Rena McGee
In this book we are reintroduced to Jaimie Locke, one of the minor characters from The Thread That Binds the Bones. She is still in recovery from having been trained to be evil by her previous teacher. (She more or less indicates this on a number of occasions.)

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Mehhh. Fine idea, but the dialogue and narration were often stilted and jerky. Characters were one-dimensional and sometimes hard to keep straight from each other (even ones who were supposed to be stereotypes - a pot-smoking, huge football player name Flax?). Another reviewer called the action "oddly compressed" and it's a good description. While the concept wasn't brilliant or anything, I constantly asked myself how this could've sounded or felt if any other writer had written it - total squan ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Meg
It was nice to get back to the families from Chapel Hollow with this return -- and a peek into the other clans that didn't get screwed up (see Thread that Binds the Bones).

NKH fans have "visited" with the clans in many of the short stories she's written (though she seems to be focusing more on Matt & Edmund lately) but a full-length novel? Coooool

The book was definatly written with the young adult audience in mind (if you don't believe me read the short story Housewife!) but she doesn't cond
I vaguely remember reading "A Fistful of Sky" a few years back; I think it was on a friend's wish list. It didn't impact me as much then, or I think it might have been more memorable. This book, I picked up as my free birthday book at Nicola's (which, if you are not in on this deal and you're even semi-local to Ann Arbor - DO IT!!), partially because it sounded good, and partially because nothing else did. It has a good introduction and was a decent story, and stuck with me this time - so I've b ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Audrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
It's been a long time (5+ years) since I read Hoffman's book about Jaimie Locke and her family, so I was really sketchy on the main character and their "brand" of magic. With that said, it wasn't hard to jump right back into the middle of things. I enjoy Hoffman's writing and her style of magic realism, and the college setting here was enjoyable, although most of the action occurred before college actually started. I really hope she writes another novel with these characters, because I'd really ...more

end: So every character was exactly the same, just with different names and occasionally a shout-out to their assigned personality trait. A lot of telling and not showing, a lot of crappy dialogue that no one would actually say, a lot of lip service to The College Process, exactly five curse words for that bit of oh-so-careless edge, and entirely too much wiftiness.

All in all, fail. Not sure I want to touch th
Set in the same universe as The Thread that Binds the Bones--a book I read as a teenager and fell in love with--this book follows Jamie as she leaves her family and goes off to college. There, her roommate Kim is being preyed upon by a strange force, and Jamie and her family take up Kim's fight.

Overall, it's quite enjoyable; but it really is more of a YA than I expected. I finished it over a twelve hour period, so while enjoyable, you aren't exactly in it for the long haul with this one.
One of the evil Chapel Hollow brats improves and grows up enough to appear in this YA coming of age novel. Kim is an artist with amazing visual perception. After a best friend gone bad experience in high school, she's been suffering a debilitating depression. Getting away to college and meeting Jaimie who can bring in powers that sense that something is attacking Kim is the start of the short novel - perhaps a little predictable and wish-fulfilling, but very enjoyable.
As always, Hoffman's writing is so gorgeous, and she gets inside character's heads in a lovely way. The action in this one feels a little oddly compressed - everything takes place in a matter of a few days except for the very end and some flashback chapters - but that also leads to feeling almost giddily dragged along trying to make sense of what is happening along with the characters. (Which I rather like in a book of this kind.)
Aug 22, 2008 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Julia by: On a Nina Kiriki Hoffman kick this summer
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Kim and Jaimie are college freshmen sharing a dorm room at Sitka Sate Universitty. Jaimie’s coming to college from Chapel Hollow and Kim’s seriously depressed. Only, Kim and her cousins also attending the college find she’s not depressed—she’s being victimized by a viri, a vampire- like being that feeds on her sadness.

How NKH is able to describe mental illness in a fantastical way is very, very special.
I read this one in a day - it was a nice book to get lost in. Nothing heavy at all here - has that same um, what would you call it? Where everyone protects and loves on one of the main characters, who never asks for the love and protection, but seems to draw it to herself (usually, but not always, a she) - such as that seen in countless Mercedes Lackey novels, the Twilight novels, ect. What else? Nice cover. :)
This is a refreshingly different paranormal YA, with a lucid take on depression and synesthesia, an interesting magic system and much more realistic just-meeting-each-other interactions between the sexes than has become usual lately. I don't rate it higher because it milks an entire novel out of a simple find-the-vampire plot that is resolved in a few days of action.
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Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s first solo novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones (1993), won the Bram Stoker Award for first novel; her second novel, The Silent Strength of Stones (1995) was a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. A Red Heart of Memories (1999, part of her “Matt Black” series), nominated for a World Fantasy Award, was followed by sequel Past the Size of Dreaming in 2001. Much o ...more
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