Shadow Weaver

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Mar­cykate Con­nolly Source­books Jab­ber­wocky (JAN­UARY) Hard­cover $16.99 (320pp), 978-1-4926-4995-3

Con­nolly’s nar­ra­tive is full of mean­ing­ful moral lessons—on the lim­its of loy­alty, the im­por­tance of hon­esty, and the ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity of trust­ing oth­ers.

In Mar­cykate Con­nolly’s en­chant­ing Shadow Weaver, a girl who was touched by the magic of a pass­ing comet is forced to con­front her deep­est fears and truest self.

Peo­ple fear Em­me­line, the only daugh­ter of a no­ble fam­ily. She is able to form shad­ows into shapes both use­ful and mag­i­cal, but it seems that those around her al­ways get hurt in the process. She lives in ter­ri­ble iso­la­tion on her fam­ily’s es­tate—un­til an emis­sary comes to of­fer her par­ents a cure.

Em­me­line’s shadow com­pan­ion, Dar, as­sures her that the emis­sary is ac­tu­ally of­fer­ing some­thing darker and prom­ises Em­me­line safety in ex­change for a bit of ques­tion­able magic. When events go awry, both Dar and Em­me­line must es­cape.

In hid­ing, Em­me­line en­coun­ters Lu­cas, whose gifts with light are like hers with shad­ows. She dis­cov­ers through his fam­ily a whole net­work of those touched by the comet’s pow­ers. They’re

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