FICTION

Shadowshaper Legacy

Scholastic Inc. (Shadowshaper: Bk. 3). Jan. 2020. 432p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545953009.
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Gr 8 Up–In this conclusion to the “Shadowshaper” trilogy, the stakes are even higher for Sierra and her crew from Octavia Butler High in Brooklyn. At the outset, they take out the villainous Queen of Bloodhaüs, but this victory is short-lived. It becomes clear that a final battle with La Contessa is coming. Many setbacks later, Sierra travels to Puerto Rico with her mother and the remaining Sorrow for a final battle. Meanwhile, the rest of her crew does battle with their rivals for control of the Deck of Worlds and the power to shape the future. In between chapters, readers learn La Contessa’s origin story. This culminating book in the series will give fans the satisfying ending they’ve been craving. The various romance plotlines resolve neatly. The humorous dialogue, diverse representation, and politically aware themes that have been hallmarks of the series are also carried through to the end. While the skinheads of Bloodhaüs could have allowed for edgier political commentary, the fact that they were relatively easy to beat is a statement in and of itself.
VERDICT A satisfying conclusion to a powerful urban fantasy series.

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