Author: Robin McKinley
Release date: September 26, 2013
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.Basically, if you've read my blog before, you know Robin McKinley is kind of akin to a god in my mind. The woman does no wrong. I've read all but two of her books--both of which I own--and adore them all. I've loved her for years and years, so anything she writes is going to be at the top of my list. Easy as that! Plus, this reminds me more of her old books than her newer ones. Her older books--The Hero and the Crown, Rose Daughter for example--are my favorites, so yay!
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.
So what are you guys waiting on this week?