by Gregory Frost
Review by Mel Jacob
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345497581
Date: 26 December 2007 List Price $13.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In Gregory Frost's new fantasy novel Shadowbridge, Leodora, a shadow puppeteer, treads the same path as her parents. She doesn't know they died horrible deaths on a distant bridge span, but Soter, the drunken old man who saved Leodora, tells her nothing of their fate. Given a home by her grandfather, bad luck dogs the family, and her fishmonger uncle assigns her the most menial tasks. From official release/information:
From publicity material: Sprung from a timeless dream, Shadowbridge is a world of linked spans arching high above glittering seas. It is a world of parading ghosts, inscrutable gods, and dangerous magic. Most of all, it is a world of stories. No one knows those stories better than Leodora, a young shadow-puppeteer who travels Shadowbridge collecting the intertwining tales and myths of each place she passes through, then retells them in performances whose genius has begun to attract fame...and less welcome attention. For Leodora is fleeing a violent past, as are her two companions: her manager, Soter, an elderly drunkard who also served Ledora's father; and Diverus, her musical accompanist, a young man who has been blessed, and perhaps cursed, by the touch of a nameless god. Now, as the strands of destiny begin to tighten around her, Leodora is about to cross the most perilous bridge of all--the one leading from the past to the future.
(Source: Del Rey)