Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver Series #1)

Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver Series #1)

by MarcyKate Connolly


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ISBN-13: 9781492667988
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Shadow Weaver Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 20,016
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times bestselling children's book author and nonprofit administrator who lives in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. She graduated from Hampshire College (a magical place where they don't give you grades) where she wrote an opera sequel to Hamlet as the equivalent of senior thesis. It was also there that she first fell in love with plotting and has been dreaming up new ways to make life difficult for her characters ever since. You can visit her online at

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Shadow Weaver 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Bookish Owlette More than 1 year ago
I took one look at this book and instantly wanted to grab it. Whoever worked on the cover art did a marvelous job! Shadow Weaver made me curious from start to finish. Emmeline’s life and her story had me hooked and invested. I'm glad that this is a series because I really do want to know what is going to happen next. This book would be very suitable for a book club. It's interesting and filled with elements that speak to its target audience. I know for a fact, that if I were to read this at a younger age, I would love it.
Thoughts_and_Pens More than 1 year ago
This is my second Marcy Kate Conolly book and I enjoyed this more than the other one. The story is what the premise promised. We have Emmeline who is gifted with shadow weaving. She excels at it. She loves it. She acknowledges it. Only that her parents and the people surrounding her have grown wary about her power as the years went by. Then the day came when her parents couldn’t take it any longer and desired to send her away to get cured. So Emmeline ran and took refuge in the woods wherein she met a lovely family whose only son is gifted with magic as well. And so, her adventure begins. I think the beauty of Shadow Weaving lies on the characterization of our main protagonist, Emmeline. . She’s clueless, lacks the basic sense of right and wrong, suffers from “I am the victim” syndrome, and thinks that the world revolves around her and her sufferings. What’s surprising is that Emmeline is not aware that she’s any of these things. She really thinks that her life is woefully pitiful without realizing that it was she who had alienated everyone around her, including her parents. Though her parents are not exactly good, they, at least, in their own ways, tried to provide good guiding hands for Emmeline. But they’re not just equipped (in skills or in experience) on how to handle such a child like Emmeline so they actually failed despite their efforts to give her a normal life. For Emmeline’s part, she’s really self-centered refusing to even take the time to reflect about why her parents act like that or why the servants shy away from her. Instead, she lets herself be easily led by her shadow, which is, by the way sentient and has no qualms of inflicting harm to people. But Emmeline thinks that her shadow is beyond reproach. But other than Emmeline’s characterization, Shadow Weaver has nothing more to offer to the table. The lore of the Cerelia Comet and its blessings felt very shallow, I could not bring myself to be interested in it. The main conflict (good vs. evil) was too simplistic and easily resolved that it didn’t make an impact. And most importantly, I was only invested in Emmeline but couldn’t empathize with any of the other characters including Lucas and Dar. I was really glad that Shadow Weaver was a very short book, thus, my patience didn’t run thin. Overall, this is not an inherently bad book but it sure would benefit from a little tweaking here and there.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
This book caused quite the discussion the other night between Kristin and I. Of course that same night I might have fallen asleep while we are on the phone. That has caused some serious doubt that I was actually invested in any conversation that night, though to be fair it was long after the ‘Shadow Weaver’ discussion. Let’s be honest (my review is posting before her’s so I don’t have a lot to share from her end…yet), she didn’t like the book. At all. I sorta kinda maybe did. Yes, there were flaws and I’ll share some of them with you. But there’s also some redeeming qualities to the book that I think have enough merit that I’m interested in reading the next book in the series to hopefully find some clarification. Let’s get nitty gritty, shall we? I’m really not sure where to begin so I’m just going to random all over the place and pray you can make heads or tails of it all in the aftermath. For a middle-grade book the level of detail was random. Some things were explained in too much detail that was unnecessary (the mortar and pestle or even the apple gathering comes to mind) while other things didn’t make a whit of since due to lack of detail (the comet is a huge comes to mind). Another thing that is completely lacking in understanding is the environment and setting. I need to remind ya’ll that fantasy is not my favorite genre, I don’t read a lot of it though I don’t not like it. Following? When you create a world in a fantasy realm there needs to be a setup. An understanding of what that realm/world/what ever ya wanna call it is like. That was really not set up in this book. There were hints at this or that but I never got a feel for what was what here. With a lack of creating the environment there was a lack of creating what the special gifts/skills/powers/what have ya. I didn’t ever get the full picture of these powers and while it was skimmed over why they were being sought after it wasn’t enough. I didn’t have enough information to care even one hoot for the characters, much less two. All of that being said the symbolism of the book carried it for me. The interplay of light/dark, shadows/light, to some degree even good and evil. The knowledge that it’s easy to be snowed under by someone you have grown up with and love and trust. (Yes that story arc was completely transparent and I knew where it was going before I think the author did – but…middle grade.) I want to see more about how these special powers play out and how they actually work. I want to understand this world and the motivation for the characters to exist and do the things they do. I have hopes that this series is redeemable and I want to be a part of that. Yes, it didn’t draw me in and make me love it but it did bring something to the table that has potential to become even more. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is the first book in her new Shadow Weaver series. In Shadow Weaver, we meet our young heroine, Emmeline from the start. She is 12 years old, with a magical ability of be able to see and maneuver shadows, including her own. Emmeline is a sweet girl, who enjoys having fun with her gifts. Her parents are unnerved with her refusal to stop using those gifts, which can harm people. Emmeline never wants to hurt anyone, just be able to play. But the secret Emmeline holds is that she talks and plays with her shadow, Dar. It is Dar, who is able to do things and creates problems for Emmeline by doing things that hurt people, and everyone thinks its Emmeline. When a visitor comes to her home, she overhears her parents discussing her gift, and the visitor is willing to take her away to help cure her of her magic. Emmeline and Dar run away, especially after the visitor suddenly became ill. With the guards trying to find them, they travel through the forest and slowly Emmeline begins to worry about Dar, and the things she has done. Dar she convinces Emmeline to help her become human again, by performing a ritual, and they can be friends forever. While hiding from the guards they come across a boy (Lucas), who also has a magic ability, but his is light. They quickly become friends, and he will bring her (and her shadow Dar) to his home. In a short time, Emmeline will befriend the family, especially Lucas and learn that they too are hiding from the villain, who was trying to take her away from her home. She feels safe with this family, but it is Dar, who is jealous and wants to do the ritual. What follows is an exciting adventure, where Emmeline will begin to see Dar in another light especially when her new friends are also put into danger. When Emmeline helps Dar with the ritual, everything changes. Emmeline will have to learn more about her powers to save Lucas and his family from the evil villain who wants to steal all their powers. Besides the villain, Emmeline will also need to find way to stop Dar, whose has become more and more dangerous Shadow Weaver was a different type of read, and though considered middle grade, it was a good story. I did enjoy the book, and if you like fantasy, with young heroes, then you should give this book a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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