Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

jacket-aspxShadowshaper is a fantastic urban fantasy novel.  Sierra Santiago, the main character,  has just started summer break from high school and is working on a mural in her neighborhood.  Sierra lives with her parents and her grandfather in Brooklyn, New York.

Sierra is very artistic, she paints murals and is asked to paint one on the Tower by one of her grandfather’s friend, when things become really weird and strange.  Sierra notices changes in the artwork that are not explainable.  She finds out that she has a gift and is a Shadowshaper.  There are so many characters in this book, and it is so culturally diverse.  The author does a good job of meshing the characters along with the background setting of Brooklyn, NY and the fantasy world they fall into.

Sierra is my favorite character, mainly because even though she is sometimes afraid and doubts herself, she always finds her inner voice and confidence.  She is strong, brave, smart, and funny while still being vulnerable and insecure.  She is also adaptable and relatable.

I really enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other, but I would have liked it if some of them were more detailed in their backgrounds (such as where they came from), especially Robbie as he is an important part of the book.

Overall, I would recommend this book because it was very good and entertaining.  I look forward to seeing if the author turns this book into a series and delves further into the  world of Shadowshaping.

Submitted by JLDJ.

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