Shadows on the Silver Strings

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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 27 Oct 2022

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A quest to close an interdimensional portal to the shadow people pushes a group of teens to the limit.

Out of the shadows, a leader will rise... It was inevitable. As more and more shadows infiltrate their world, Aaron, Wendy, Jake, and Eddie learn that what was once just silhouette and smoke has become something much more terrible, tangible, and horrifying. In Book II: Cave in the Rock, we saw the interdimensional portal torn open, releasing a flood of darkness upon the world. Now, our intrepid teens must find a way to close it again, before it's too late. Their job won't be easy either, as the Shadow People have found a way to manifest as creatures from myth and legend, wreaking havoc everywhere they go behind their new leader, Apscind. This may be the best time—or the worst—for Aaron to rise up as a full-fledged Folkteller. He'll need a lot of help from friends and strangers to stop the spreading evil and seal the portal that should never have been open in the first place. In Book III: Shadows on the Silver Strings, there's music in the air, and the sound our heroes hear may be the hopeful melody of a brand new day, or a death knell tolling—a harbinger of their impending doom.
A quest to close an interdimensional portal to the shadow people pushes a group of teens to the limit.

Out of the shadows, a leader will rise... It was inevitable. As more and more shadows...

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Illustrated by Patrick McEvoy

Illustrated by Patrick McEvoy

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I've been following this author for some time, and his work gets stronger with each new novel. Honestly I think
it's only a matter of time before Netflix, HBO, or some movie studio comes knocking. YA fiction is a proven moneymaker, and the Folkteller series is tailor-made for streaming or the big screen. The creativity and imagination on display here are easily on par with better-known contemporaries like Shadow & Bone.

This third novel in the series is one of my favorites, because it's here that more of the big-picture plot begins to take shape. Things are getting desperate for heroes Aaron, Wendy, Eddie, and Jake. The Shadow People, egged on by a dangerous and energetic new leader, have launched a full-scale invasion of our reality. Worse, they've discovered they can cause more damage if they manifest as creatures of myth, taking advantage of shared cultural beliefs and fears.

The protagonist Aaron's struggle to become a full-fledged Folkteller is really well-told throughout the series. Bastian understands teenagers' conflicted desire to fit in while also standing out. When we meet Aaron in Book One, he's moping that his life is too normal. Now it's anything but and he's realizing the high price that comes with being a hero. He, his friends, and his family are targeted, and he's not always able to protect them. His most stalwart companions, especially Jake and Wendy, are coming into their own as well, and facing their own challenges even as they try their best to support their friend.

Each Folkteller book is better written than the last; more confident, more creative, more self-assured in its style. I've really enjoyed watching Bastian develop as a novelist even as his characters are developing as heroes. This is definitely a series and a writer to watch.

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