Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Memes: Shadows by Robin McKinley

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The story starts like something out of a fairy tale: I hated my stepfather.

It's usually stepmothers in fairy tales. Well, equal time for stepfathers.
Friday 56:
There was a mob at the back of Mrs. Andover's homeroom as we all fought to get into the last row. Jill and I lost and were in the middle row, but at least we were together.
This week I am reading Shadows by Robin McKinley. I bought this one August 18, 2013. Here is the description from Amazon:
A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine

Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.


  1. Ooh! I enjoy McKinley and missed this one by a mile. Thanks for featuring it!

  2. This sounds interesting. I will have to watch for it. I can see the mob clearly the snippet just drew me in making me want more. Happy Friday!

  3. I can relate to that beginning like nobody's business. I hated my step-father until I was much older, and thankfully stopped before he died.
    Sounds like my kind of read though.
    Happy weekend!


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