SHADOWS by Robin McKinley (WoW #137)

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!


A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine

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

SHADOWS will be released September 26th 2013 from Simon & Schuster.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


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    Caro [The Book Rogue]

    May 8, 2013

    The clash of science and magic/imagination whatever you want to call it is something that fascinates me. So, I like the sound of this alot. Thanks for sharing! My WoW

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    May 8, 2013

    OOOh! I love Robin McKinley, but she mostly writes Fantasy. I'm glad to hear she's returning to Urban Fantasy at least for one book. Sunshine was so good.

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    Jennifer @ YA Sisterhood

    May 8, 2013

    I can't wait for this one. I love to cover, too. I haven't read any of her other books–I need to go look them up on goodreads.

    YA Sisterhood
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    May 8, 2013

    This sounds like exactly my kind of book and I love the colour scheme of the cover.

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    Christianna Marks

    May 8, 2013

    New Robin McKinley?! I love her books so much and this news makes me so excited!!!
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    Dani Chapman

    May 8, 2013

    Great pick and I hope you enjoy it! Happy Reading! My WOW and be sure to enter the Bloglovin’ Giveaway!

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    Inspired Kathy

    May 8, 2013

    Oh thanks for the heads up. I love Robin!!

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    Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    May 9, 2013

    Just added this to my TBR list! The cover is gorgeous, and I'm a huge fan of Robin McKinely ever since I was in grade school. I like the whole magic versus science parallel too. It's unique and interesting.

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    Dazzling Mage

    May 10, 2013

    I'm a HUGE Robin McKinley fan, so I can't wait for this! Great WoW pick!