A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (EPUB)
This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .
Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.
A Skinful of Shadows
Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.
And now there’s a spirit inside her.
The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.
But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.”
A Skinful of Shadows was the perfect blend of history, magical realism and dark fantasy. These chapters are swift to get through, and the rest of the story is well paced and carries a good adventure feel to it. The magical realism aspect is well explained, with a good level of mysticism and air of dark fantasy. The story itself is well developed, and well concluded. I was left feeling satisfied and yearning for more. Hardinge really is shining at the moment. I don’t know anyone who quite blends fantasy and history together quite like she does.