Friday, June 2, 2017
Shadowshaper - Daniel Jose Older
Sierra is a loyal part of her family, helping with chores and caring for her ailing grandfather, but she's also a party girl. Her friends are mostly party-goers, but their own loyalty to their friendship to Sierra also shines through, especially near the end when the situation gets dire.
I enjoyed the slow reveal of Sierra's family history and the magic system that utilizes artistic talent, both of which she ultimately uses to win against the enemy.
While basic Spanish is used throughout the novel when Sierra speaks to her family, it is no hindrance to a non-Spanish-speaking reader. Older does a superb job of keeping the conversation flowing back into English so the reader understands what's going on. The inclusion of simple things, like food, brings Sierra's every day life into reality.
Perhaps the greatest strength of this piece is the themes of family history, loyalty, and truth. It also includes a moment where Sierra stands up against prejudice in her own family. I loved this book and I look forward to reading the next book coming out later this year.
Books in the Series:
Ghost Girl in the Corner