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Shadowbridge
Gregory Frost
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Orphaned 16-year-old Leodora, a talented puppeteer and storyteller, is forced to hide her identity and gender as she travels the spans and tunnels of the ocean-crossing Shadowbridge in Frost's exciting first of a diptych. Stubborn and god-touched, Leodora feels nearly friendless until she meets a youth with similar gifts. Diverus, an enslaved simpleton, is endowed with intelligence and uncanny musical abilities when an unpredictable deity visits his span. When Diverus plays and Leodora performs, their synergy creates magic and brings them instant fame. Only Leodora's mentor, the perpetually drunken Soter, realizes that their brilliance attracts dangerous chaos energy, and he must protect the young pair while keeping long-held secrets about the deaths of Leodora's parents and the dangers of her talent. Frost (Fitcher's Brides) draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures-benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods-that make this fantasy a sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Born on a world of bright seas crossed by glittering spans that provide homes for the planet's population, the girl called Leodora finds her true calling as a shadow puppeteer, collector, and performer of the stories of each culture she encounters. Disguised as a man, Leodora performs as Jax, the greatest shadow puppeteer since the legendary Bardisham, her mysterious father; only her two companions, the drunkard Soter who once served Bardisham and the young musician Diverus, touched by the blessing or curse of a nameless god, know the truth-and their knowledge could mean death for them all in a world that does not accept women as keepers and performers of the stories of their lives. Frost (Lyrec; Fitcher's Brides) brings elegance and grace to a novel that explores the importance of memory and imagination in the forging of a destiny. This first entry in a new series set in the unusual fantasy world of Shadowbridge is a good purchase for all fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Leodora
Female
Age: 16
Orphan
Hides her identity and gender as she travels as a storyteller and puppeteer; uses the name Jax; stubborn; talented; performs with Diverus.
Storyteller

Diverus
Male
Slave
Intelligent; musically talented; performs with Leodora.
Musician

Soter
Male
Alcoholic
Leodora's mentor; determined to protect Leodora and Diverus from dangerous energy; knows the truth behind Leodora's parents' deaths and the secrets behind her talent.



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