“This is a coming of age narrative involving fairies, but it’s no Disney movie. The magic is considerably nastier and relationships more realistic and slippery. The folklore that Ristau pulls from is older, darker stuff; a heady mix of British Isles mythology, cosmology, and history.”
– Charlie McNabb, Beyond Hanky Code
Áine lives in the light, but she is haunted by darkness, and when her fey powers blaze out of control, she escapes into the Shadowlands. But she cannot outrun her past. Fire fey and a rising darkness threaten the light, burning a path across the veil. Her fiery dreams come to life, and with the help of Hennessy, an uninhibited Irish girl, Áine dives into the flames to discover who she truly is. Her mother burned to keep her secret safe, and now Áine wields the deadly Eta. She must learn to fight in the shadows — or die in the flames. This is not a fairy tale.
Shadow Girl by Kate Ristau
Published by Not a Pipe Publishing (February 20, 2018)
Genre: Fiction/Teen & Young Adult/Coming of Age/SciFi-Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery
Format: Kindle, 174 pages
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Review of Shadow Girl
Once again I’ve stepped outside my Reading Box and read something totally different from what I normally read. I do enjoy reading coming of age stories but this one is headier, as you can tell from reading Charlie McNabb’s review quoted above.
Kate Ristau writes with rich and descriptive words developing her characters with authenticity. Rather than use the standard setting of a human crossing into the world of the fey, the opposite crossing occurs in Shadow Girl. The protagonist, Àine, enters Earth, our world. Imagine seeing our culture and traditions through the eyes of the fey. Ristau makes it happen!
Ristau’s readers travel to places of mystery and magic through the writer’s imagination transferred to the pages of Shadow Girl. Just when you think you know what comes next…AHA! something else happens.
And this book ends with a cliffhanger, totally unexpected. Can’t wait to step outside my Reader Box one more time to read what Shadow Girl does next.
My Recommendation: If you love fantasy, science fiction, and coming of age books, you are going to love the fast-paced action in Shadow Girl. Enough mystery to keep you turning the pages. Enough magic to keep your imagination working.
Meet Kate Ristau
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist. She writes young adult and middle grade fiction, along with grammar primers that won’t make you cringe. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she’ll live in Portland, Oregon with her husband, her son, and her dog. If you can’t find her there, you can find her at one of the links below.
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