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Shadowhouse Fall: 11/18/21

Shadowhouse Fall

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older is the second book in the Shadowshaper Cypher series. This book was released in the year when we were moving so I missed reading it even though I had enjoyed Shadowshaper (2015).

Sierra and her friends have fully embraced their new powers as Shadowshapers. They practice after school. They go on patrols. It's a responsibility but one they also have fun with through their training.

A new force though is at play in the form of a tarot deck, one where literal people embody the different trump cards. Through the deck, all the players and powers of the magical houses are tracked. Now the real Hound is after Sierra and she needs to figure out who they are and how to stop them.

The Deck of Worlds is an interesting idea and its execution brings to mind the trump cards in the Chronicles of Amber series by Roger Zelazny. Here though the magic is rendered through the lens of being a Black teen in Brooklyn.

Unfortunately for me it had been too long, I think, since I read the first book. I'd lost the momentum and struggled with this volume's pacing.

Three stars

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