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Shadowhouse Fall

(Shadowshaper Cypher #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,153 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Shadowhouse rising

Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light—an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The Deck tracks the players and powers of all the magical houses in the city, and when the real H
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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jv poore
Sierra and her wildly creative companions were captivating in Shadowshaper. Clever consolidation of mad musical, verbal and graffiti-art skills created a dazzling cultural kaleidoscope that pulsated from the pages, and showed more than the shadowshaping-side of life in Brooklyn. The sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, is every bit as delightful and dazzling, even as it tackles topics that parallel today’s headlines in an eerily accurate and chilling way.

Sierra has just learned of her role as the archetypa
Me and this book have been on a journey. I was super excited to read this book after finishing and loving Shadowshaper, then I got sick, fell into a reading slump, and then I lost the actual book(it was at a friends house). So after all that I knew this book had better be amazing...

And fellow readers it was.

The Shadowshaper Cypher series has made me fall back in love was Fantasy, I think it says something that my favorite Fantasy series that I've read this year have been written by people of co
Tomi Adeyemi
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those sequels that gives you EVERYTHING you want - the characters you love, new characters you can fall in love with, a deeper dive in the world and magic, and a true conflict with awesome magical battles that keeps you turning through all 358 pages of this awesome book. I loved it!!!!

Another thing I loved about this book is how resonant the story is to the world we're living in right now. It takes on issues that naturally fit into the story with a powerful resonance that I think
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Daniel Jose Older's characters and stories. This story did not disappoint. Lots of tension, lots of mystery, and absolutely wonderful relationships between Sierra and her friends and family. The relationships give Sierra her strength; though she worries about their safety and all of them are at constant risk, the Shadowshapers all gain strength from each other.
There are some terrifying moments in the story, and they have nothing to do with Shadowshaping; rather, these moments
Cheryl Klein
I edited this, so I'm biased, but it's brilliant -- a substantial level-up from Daniel's already excellent first YA novel, SHADOWSHAPER, and a thrilling, funny, sexy, smart fantasy/commentary on the sociological moment we live in and the systems that can entrap us all. Don't miss it.
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Some books are just so freaking awesome that they leave you speechless. You want to write a coherent review but just don't know where to begin because every word, every line is full of meaning and literally life-changing. The feeling that someone out there sees you as more than poor, dysfunctional and in need of saving by the magical default person. That your lives are filled with light, love, family, friendships and community. Then they make you wonder why there aren't MORE novels like this. Th ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing, just so imaginative and entertaining and just so real. Damn.

If you haven't read this series yet, you really should. Also I need the sequel like ASAP so *insert impatient gif here*
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read, audiobook
While I didn't love this quite as much as the first book, Shadowshaper, I still thought it was very good, and the audio is truly first rate.

I love the mix of supernatural and racial tensions that combine to create such an explosive story. The influence of the events that have led to the Black Lives Matter movement is so apparent in Older's writing, making this urban fantasy painfully realistic.
Ashley Marie
Ahhhhh this was fantastic. It's autumn so the kids are back to school, and to see the magic system of shadowshaping set side-by-side with the real-world issues either happening or being discussed in the classroom was brilliant. I loved seeing Mina step in and become part of the crew after she showed up in Tee's novella GHOST GIRL IN THE CORNER, and from the old-timer shapers to Sierra's mom, just... yes. I love the scope of these books, bringing together strangers and families with magic and wit ...more
★Codie Abibliophobic ★
*Helpful note: read the dialogue like a kid from Brooklyn. If you need help understanding the culture of the more diverse boroughs watch some urban Latino films based in New York (like Don’t Let Me Drown - based in Brooklyn) they’re very informative to understanding the people and vernacular used in these books.”

Shadowshaper issues tackled: Colorism and Gentrification
Shadowhouse Fall issues tackled: police brutality (of minorities), racism, and inequality.

I fail to remember the storyline of Sha
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With its incredible dialogue, beautiful prose, brilliant cast of characters, and important social commentary SHADOWHOUSE FALL takes YA urban fantasy to a whole new level.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, SHADOWSHAPER, but this second book absolutely blew me away. I've said this over and over again while I've been reading the series, but the dialogue in this book is truly spectacular. Older's writing is just absolutely masterful and makes this book a must-read for writers as well as
Lauren Stoolfire
I couldn't have asked for a better follow up to Shadowshaper, Older's awesome YA urban fantasy novel. I particularly love his magic system - and we get to see a lot more of it here. Older also writes excellent social commentary, even more so here than in the first installment. The only way this could have been better was to have listened to the story via audiobook like I did with book one - Anika Noni Rose brought the author's world to life in the best possible way. If you like diverse urban fan ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was amazing. i did think the romance was REALLY shoehorned in and i was a little confused by the newly expanded magic system, but in every other aspect, this one was even better than the first one
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-hoopla
This series is great and getting better with each book. I highly recommend the audio.
DAAAAAAYYYUUUUMMMM. This was beyond excellent. That's some rage in this book, Daniel. It's MILES ahead of book one. I'm so ready for part 3.
2020: This book is still just ridiculously perfect. I think what I love about it the most is the blend of YA heroes with adult heroes. The Shadowshapers aren't JUST teens -- there are plenty of adults going around. And the idea that you're having to deal with MAGIC while also dealing with racism and high school and cops and the issues of the neighborhood all of it is JUST SO WELL BLENDED. I can't believe I haven't been depressed while waiting for book 3, but I am so excited to start it!

2018: Wh
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Still loving this series. I would say that I like it better than book one, adding to the characters and introducing some extended family that round things out. I'll have to read it again when book 3 comes out next year and I won't even be mad.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
It's tough sometimes with a second book in a series/trilogy. It often feels like a placeholder for the next book, more set up and less pay off. That's not the case here. There is a lot going on, and more of this world is getting discovered. There's also a great crossing of lines, where should-be enemies are teaming up and secrets are being exposed.

Shadowhouse and Lighthouse (hehe) are squaring off and there's a Deck of Worlds made up of really twisted tarot cards that change and shift depending
Sydney (sydneysshelves) West
This series is seriously amazing. Cultural relevance, cool magic system, discussion of issues, and characters that make me feel every feeling. Read this series!!
C.T. Callahan
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

Short Review: Older had a vision for this book, and he made it happen. The writing is deliberate in the way that it continues to develop the world of the Shadowshapers while also tackling modern, real world struggles. He fleshes out his characters, envelops the reader in a world of magic, and still makes time for some serious, much-needed activism.

Long Review: Warning – May Contain Spoilers

The Good

This Story Is Woke. Given that this is a story about a bunch of black (and Afro-Latinx) kids runni
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the sequel more than the first book because the plot just got SICK! Also kind of liked a character that was introduced in this book but again not a fan of the relationship
Still going to continue with the series when it comes back
Ceillie Simkiss
This book kicked my ass and made me appreciate it. Read the full review here ...more
I liked this book a LOT! The first one was more of a 3.5, this one is already going towards 4.25/4.5

It took me longer to get fully invested in, which is the reason it didn't end up being a 5 star read, but i am damn glad i read it and would definitely recommend! I mean honestly, i enjoyed the first book, but this was such a glow up! Can't wait for book 3.

It's longer than the first book, which is good because it can cover more ground. I love the setting, the diverse action urban fantasy vibe. The
Brandy Painter
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I enjoyed this sequel to Shadowshaper. It is a broader book, requiring knowledge of both plot and characters for the previous book in order to fully enjoy it. (If you haven't read Shadowshaper, start there and know you have TWO amazing books awaiting for you. Shadowhouse Fall picks up a few months following the end of the first story. Sierra is training her Shadowshapers and trying to grow into her role as Lucera. In the midst of all of this, The Sorrows are again on the move eager to use Sierra ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, DJO is one of the best. The gang is young but not immature, yet not grown either. A great read for young adults as well as mature readers.
Julia O'Connell
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-books
Last summer, Sierra Santiago discovered her family's magical legacy: they can shadowshape the spirits of the dead into works of art that then come alive and do their bidding. After defeating a man bent on destroying her family, Sierra became the new Lucera—the shadowshaper matriarch and spiritual conduit—and inducted a group of her friends into the world of spirit magic. They better learn to use their powers quickly, though, because there's more than one person out to defeat the shadowshapers. I ...more
Lulu (the library leopard)
WOW. This series has definitely leveled up from book one. Pretty much all of my (few) problems like weird pacing and a voice that seemed a little dumbed-down for teens are all gone, and I can only imagine this series will get better. The plot is stronger, the stakes higher, the magic system/world-building is fantastic and unique, and the political commentary biting and on the nose. I also loved seeing more of the characters from the first book, especially Izzy.


I think my main
Honestly, I don't know what to write. Perfect book is perfect. The best, most authentic book I've read all year is about teens who fight evil by channeling spirits through art. Daniel José Older has acquired a new fan. I need book 3 in my life.
I adore anything Daniel Jose Older writes (and says), and Shadowhouse Fall was no exception. I'm now counting down the days til the third book in this series comes out. This review by a YA librarian, does a great job of summarizing the magical series:

I especially recommend listening to the series on audible, Anika None Rose truly brings all the characters to life. Additional thoughts/reflections are below:(view spoiler)
A nice follow-up to the first book, but as with the last one it reads a little young for me. The worldbuilding is fantastic again, and with an even heavier lean into current events, which fits this story. The romance plot felt lazy, but otherwise, very few complaints. Love to support Daniel Jose Older.
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Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher (Scholastic), the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series (Penguin), and the upcoming Middle Grade sci-fi adventure Flood City (Scholastic). He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, ...more

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Shadowshaper Cypher (3 books)
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