A Skinful of Shadows (Hardback)Frances Hardinge (author)
This is the story of a bear-hearted girl...
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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 35 mm
"Hardinge's tale of ghosts, puritans and shaping your own destiny is an unmissable, hypnotic treat." - Observer Children's Book of the Week
"Hardinge is a talent who deserves to be read by children and adults alike." - Guardian
"Chillingly atmospheric, historically fascinating, it's also blackly comic in parts and beautifully written." - Daily Mail
"Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now." - Patrick Ness
"A Skinful of Shadows confirms Hardinge's status as one of our finest storytellers. The striking originality of its magical element is matched by a thrilling depiction of a 17th century England riven with political and religious unease. At the centre of the novel, young Makepeace is a vital and engaging presence amid a cast of extraordinary and villainous characters, and she had my heart from the first. It's rare to find a book which is every bit as intelligent and stylish as it is riveting - I was enthralled" - Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
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“A dark, hypnotic tale with many secrets!”
Simply judging a book by it's cover I was intrigued...this story is hard to describe without giving too much away. The main character, Makepeace has a unique gift, that few have. She can be possessed by ghosts.... More
“Authentic, brimming with imagination and feral. Truly astonishing! ”
The title of this novel alone illustrations Frances Hardinge's reputation as a master wordsmith. And the story inside only helps to prove it!
The tale of Makepeace and her fight against powerful families and... More
“Dark and imaginative historical fantasy”
I'd not read any of Frances Hardinge's books before I received this one (as a proof copy in exchange for review) , but I have added her previous books to my 'to-read' pile after reading this.
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