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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
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Quite a solid story about a young woman who finds out she's part of a magical world. A nice mixture of using tropes and bending them into something new. Sierra Santiago doesn't know it when the story starts, but she's a shadowshaper, a person who can connect spirits with art. As she learns about her abilities, she runs up against family history and an outsider who tried to take the magic for himself.

I suspect that some of the things that felt un-subtle to me would play better for the intended young adult audience. I liked that the overarching message was about reconnecting with your roots instead of separating to stand alone. Sierra was a thoughtful and interesting heroine, complex and believable. The bad guy was a little over-the-top, but he probably needed to be in an urban fantasy.
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Reading Progress

January 23, 2020 – Started Reading
January 23, 2020 – Shelved
January 28, 2020 – Finished Reading

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