Shadowbridge

By Gregory Frost

“[A] particularly beautiful new delusion novel….[Shadowbridge] achieves one of those Florentine grace and stability infrequent in smooth myth, interpolating stories inside of stories, enjoying inventive video games with viewpoint, and providing quite a lot of passages of surpassingly gorgeous prose. it is a way more very important novel than its nearly generic-sounding identify could suggest….For all its painterly attractiveness, Shadowbridge is a tough-minded novel that confronts a few hectic concerns, and that's remarkably effective within the telling; although it is only the 1st half a duology to be accomplished subsequent spring, it will get as a lot performed in precisely over 250 pages as many different fantasies do in big-brown-bag trilogies…[Frost has] loads of explaining to do, and it is not most probably that anybody who reads this compelling and unique novel will fail to persist with it into the second one quantity. Frost will be on his means towards a masterpiece.”
Locus

"Shadowbridge is a labyrinthine net of causeways, spiraling out throughout an enormous shallow sea, whose cultures are blends of our personal background and mythology.  Frost's enormous powers of mind's eye and outline floor the disparate locales and societies of his international through story -  those lived, informed to and by way of younger Leodora in her trip of self-discovery.  fantastically written and realized."
--Jeffrey Ford, writer of THE EMPIRE OF ICE CREAM

“Orphaned 16-year-old Leodora, a skilled puppeteer and storyteller, is compelled to conceal her identification and gender as she travels the spans and tunnels of the ocean-crossing Shadowbridge in Frost’s interesting first of a diptych. obdurate and god-touched, Leodora feels approximately friendless till she meets a adolescence with related presents. Diverus, an enslaved simpleton, is endowed with intelligence and uncanny musical skills whilst an unpredictable deity visits his span. while Diverus performs and Leodora plays, their synergy creates magic and brings them quick reputation. in simple terms Leodora’s mentor, the forever drunken Soter, realizes that their brilliance draws risky chaos power, and he needs to guard the younger pair whereas holding long-held secrets and techniques concerning the deaths of Leodora’s mom and dad and the hazards of her expertise. Frost (Fitcher’s Brides) attracts richly specified human characters and adorns his multilayered tales with interesting creatures–benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods–that make this fable a glowing gem of mythic invention and wonder.”–Publishers Weekly

“Shadowbridge is a global developed at the spans of bridges, so tremendous that not anyone can move each bridge, within which sometimes gods stroll the earth and drop their presents into the fingers of the unsuspecting. Leodora is a touring puppeteer storyteller referred to as Jax to guard her id. Hers is a narrative of occasions that begun together with her chatting with a god. As in conversations with gods in lots of different tales, an important factor is left unsaid. From jogging the spans to gathering the unusual stories of each position she visits to selecting up a god-touched musician for her act, Leodora’s trip is stuffed with the bright information of Frost’s masterful global development. the story starts off taking over stress as Leodora’s popularity grows and he or she starts off attracting risky cognizance, the type final attracted via her predecessor, the mythical Bardsham. Leodora’s touring spouse and supervisor, Soter, traveled with Bardsham, too, and obviously is aware extra of his destiny than he’s telling. He drops tricks occasionally, whilst distracted, yet by no means really tells Leodora the complete tale. Frost has created a global containing all demeanour of wonderful tale and the promise of a desirable heritage as Leodora strikes into her future and the unknown future.”–Booklist (starred review)

“One of fantasy’s so much difficult thinkers, who additionally is aware the right way to inform a top-notch story.”
–Karen Traviss, long island instances bestselling writer of urban of Pearl


Sprung from a undying dream, Shadowbridge is an international of associated spans arching excessive above glittering seas. it's a international of parading ghosts, inscrutable gods, and unsafe magic. so much of all, it's a global of stories.

No one understands these tales larger than Leodora, a tender shadow-puppeteer who travels Shadowbridge gathering the intertwining stories and myths of every position she passes via, then retells them in performances whose genius has all started to draw popularity . . . and not more welcome attention.

For Leodora is fleeing a violent earlier, as are her partners: her supervisor, Soter, an aged drunkard who additionally served Ledora’s father, the mythical puppeteer Bardsham; and Diverus, her musical accompanist, a tender guy who has been blessed, and maybe cursed, by way of the contact of a anonymous god.

Now, because the strands of a future she didn't decide on start to tighten round her, Leodora is ready to move the main perilous bridge of all–the one major from the previous to the future.

Shadowbridge is the 1st novel in a two-book adventure.

Praise for Gregory Frost

“Frost demonstrates his mastery of the quick tale shape in what's going to without doubt rank as the best delusion collections of the year.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review), on assault of the Jazz Giants and different Stories

“Suspenseful . . . tough to place down . . . will stick with the reader for an extended time.”
–BookPage, on Fitcher’s Brides

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We need to supply him a reputation. Can’t hold calling him boy. If I have been to name out Come the following, boy, every time i needed him, I’d be beaten by way of the onslaught. ” “He has no identify? ” “I don’t recognize. His former keeper didn’t trouble to assign him one, and he can’t inform me, if he even is aware. ” She positioned a finger to her lips and tapped them. “Let’s name him…something like divers. ” “What? ” “Because he's diverse. ” “Diverus,” he repeated, mispronouncing what she’d stated. “Yes, we bought others like that, don’t we—Delicatus and Draucus. Like a—what, lineage, definite. ” instead of right him—never a good suggestion with Bogrevil—she concurred. “Diverus, then. ” It was once no longer a foul identify at the least. “Different. Oh, convinced, he's. great activity, Eskie. i will constantly depend upon you an’ your upbringing. ” She bowed her head on the praise. “You cross take him to his room, exhibit him approximately. might be a few of it’ll stick. We’ll try out him out this night if he can stability a tray. ” He went off to determine to the remainder of his “merchandise. ” Eskie had wear a protracted white gown. Her black hair cascaded down the again of it. She wore bangles on her wrists and a small chain of bells on her ankles, in order that her each move tinkled and chimed as she led him via a warren of rooms and tunnels. anything concerning the sound created abnormal heat in his abdominal. the most parlors of the paidika—there have been three—had problematic tapestries hung upon the partitions. had carpets at the ground, and pillows strewn upon the carpets. The room farthest from the steps had a sq. pedestal within the middle, and small, backless cushioned chairs ringing the edges of it, as though a convey of a few variety used to be approximately to start. Lamps and candles of varied styles and sizes crammed each nook, and lanterns dangled from the ceilings. Bowls containing a few type of fragrant herbs floating in liquid stood off to every facet of the doors. Their getting into the room swirled spice round them. The rooms weren't occupied. prime from the parlors have been slender halls. the only she led him alongside opened onto a much broader hall coated with curtained doors, with leather-based settees in among them. Eskie observed him attempting to peer into the rooms, and she or he stepped as much as one and drew the curtain again. It was once sumptuously embellished, even though small and darkish. The critical function of the room used to be an incredible sinuous hookah, the cap of which almost reached the ceiling. hoses depended from the aspect of it and snaked round the bulbous base, mouthpieces resting on pillows as though the people who smoke had simply left the room. within the shadowy recess in the back of it lay a weird lacquered field sufficiently big for somebody to lie in. Curving tines of bone just like the rib cage of a monster as huge because the hookah rose from the aspect of the field and curled over it towards the guts. Symbols painted within the lacquer have been meaningless to him. alongside the remainder of the partitions have been cabinets and niches that held candles, small lamps, and various ordinary objects—tiny silver pillboxes, a number of statuettes of fish and different creatures, a few carved from wooden, others blown from coloured glass, and extra issues he couldn’t establish.

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