Shadowshaper : The Shadowshaper Cypher

  • by Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by Anika Noni Rose
  • Series: The Shadowshaper Cypher
  • 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.
Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.
With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one, and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.
Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction and marks the YA debut of a bold new voice.


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Customer Reviews

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Fun story with complex issues as a backdrop

What made the experience of listening to Shadowshaper the most enjoyable?

The narrator is excellent, and I loved listening to her speak Spanish (my pronunciations would have been way off).

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sierra's godfather helped her sneak into Columbia University's library. Her godfather is hilarious, and we meet one of my favorite characters, the librarian in the anthropology archives.

Any additional comments?

I loved the way issues like gentrification, cultural appropriation, racism, sexism and the importance of community informed the story (but didn't overshadow the action or the characters).

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- Nicole

A Vivid Tale for Many Interests

To understand our viewpoint. We are a couple, married fifty years in the Pacific Northwest with no knowledge of modern Hispanic teen culture in New York City. So we were doubtful about getting into this young adult fiction fantasy.

We loved it! The writing painted vivid pictures. The girl, Sierra, is a wonderfully complex teen. She is spunky, standing up to anyone. But, inside, she is not sure of herself, not fearless, not always right.

The fantasy is built on a unique (to us) concept of "life after after death." The characters are all fully believable. The events include danger, mystery, fear, romance, doubt, discovery, bravery, loyalty and the best kind of justice.

So, we both recommend the book to mature preteens, teens, adults, and old folk, to any who like books with the kinds of events and elements described.

The reader is outstanding! The range of voices is beyond criticism. And, the reading never draws attention away from the enthralling tale.
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- C. D. White

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2015
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio