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A Skinful of Shadows

A Skinful Of Shadows is a dark and mysterious novel written by Frances Hardinge.

The troubled main character (Makepeace) has a unique ability. Whether it should be considered a curse or a gift is not clear. On the darkest of evenings, monstrous ghosts would claw their way into her head and the evil spirits from her nightmares would manifest themselves in Makepeace’s mind. As she learns to defend herself from these brutes, a disaster strikes and she drops her guard. This allows a spirit to possess her. Haunted, Makepeace is in a state of sorrow however, her possession may be the one chance she has to survive. It is at this point that Makepeace must decide which is better: death or possession.

Parts of this book were quite good and I can understand why it is nominated but in comparison to the other books, A Skinful Of Shadows lacks quite a bit. I found the narrative arc to be rather ill-defined as the book would keep on building up the readers expectations in different places before resuming a slow pace anticlimactically. In my opinion, the book definitely has some good qualities and its darkness sets it apart from the competitors however, I think it was often too slow and stretched out.

Overall I would give this book 3/5 because I wasn’t very invested in its storyline yet still enjoyed some aspects.

Posted on: 17th June 2019 at 06:51 pm

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