June 12, 2013

Waiting on Shadows by Robin McKinley

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights any upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Publication 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.

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. (Goodreads)

Freaking Robin McKinley. That is all.

Okay, I suppose I can go into a little more detail. I have yet to read all of McKinley's corpus, but I have been impressed with every book of hers that I have read. The Hero and the Crown and Beauty and Deerskin are probably my favorites of hers. But, really, I do intend to read everything she writes. Although I do prefer her to write epic high fantasy, I am intrigued by how this urban fantasy world is described. Magic vs. technology always makes for a heck of a conflict. I can't wait to read this!

What are you waiting on?
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. OOOoooh, McKinley! This one is going to be my WoW too, once I get it up. Love her, and I believe by now that I've read every book of hers except one (the dragon one... can't remember its name...). You're right: she's always awesome. But her epic fantasy is my favorite too!

  2. This does sound really good. I haven't read anything by her, but this does sound really good. Great pick!
    Natflix&Books' WoW

  3. I've only read one of McKinley's books - The Blue Sword - and was unimpressed. I hope this one works out better for me, as do some of her other books I plan to try this summer. Great pick! :)

  4. I haven't heard of this one before. Thanks for featuring it though!

    My WOW
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. This one sounds really good! I think the cover is kinda cool too. :b

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. I don't think I've read any book by this author before but this one sounds really cool and unique!

  7. I got a chance to read this a couple of months ago and I loved it:) McKinley is one of my very favorite authors. My non-spoilery review will hopefully be up next week:)


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