Book Breakdown

Book Breakdown: A Skinfull of Shadows

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Release Date:

September 21, 2017


A Skinful of Shadows is a dark YA historical fantasy set in the early part of the English Civil War. Makepeace is an illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, and as such, she shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts. Reluctant to accept her appointed destiny as vessel for a coterie of her ancestors, she escapes. As she flees the pursuing Fellmottes across war-torn England, she accumulates a motley crew of her own allies, including outcasts, misfits, criminals, and one extremely angry dead bear. From Costa Book of the Year winner Frances Hardinge comes a new dark historical fantasy that’s sure to satisfy her leagues of fans who are eager for more

Author Info:

Frances Hardinge is from Kent, England and always enjoyed dark stories as a child. This resulted in her studying English at Oxford University and writing behind the scenes until a friend and author stole her manuscript and turned it over to Macmillan. The rest, as they say, is history. You can read Frances’ full bio here!

The Writing:

I couldn’t actually find any excepts floating around to check this out. So it seems that the mystery remains even more mysterious.

Overall Excitement Meter:

2/5. If I could find out more about this book without having to buy it this may have been higher. But I like buying Hot Cheetos too much to order this and not like it. This may be one I check the local library for and report back on though, because the premise seems interesting.


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