A Skinful of Shadows (Paperback)

By Frances Hardinge

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419733765, 448pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/17/2017)
MP3 CD (1/30/2018)

List Price: 10.99*
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About the Author

Frances Hardinge is the winner of the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win the major UK literary prize. Known for her beautiful use of language, Hardinge has written many critcally acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, Gullstruck Island, Fly by Night, Verdigris Deep, and Fly Trap. She lives in England. Visit the author at franceshardinge.com.


Praise For A Skinful of Shadows

**STARRED REVIEW**
"A delicious combination of historical adventure, coming-of-age tale, and supernatural intrigue."

— Publishers Weekly

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Hardinge's plot is both unpredictable and rock-solid, her settings full of smells, her imagery vivid . . . Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary."

— Kirkus Reviews

**STARRED REVIEW**
"A Skinful of Shadows is outlandishly creative and thoroughly blood-chilling. Her storytelling is visceral and unfurls at an exciting pace, making this novel a wonderful, weird and terrifying addition to her body of work."

— Shelf Awareness

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Hardinge’s writing is stunning, and readers will be taken hostage by its intensity, fascinating developments, and the fierce, compassionate girl leading the charge."
 

— Booklist

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Hardinge continues to create multifaceted characters, well-researched historical settings, and laugh-out-loud dialogue that will enrapture strong readers of fantasy and complex historical fiction. VERDICT A book that only Hardinge could write; add this masterful and spooky historical fantasy to upper middle grade and YA shelves."

— School Library Journal

"The setting allows for plenty of action and intrigue . . . It all ends on a strange and bittersweet note, but Hardinge fans will be accustomed to that by now and will not be disappointed here."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Makepeace is a resourceful, brave, and intelligent protagonist, and readers will root for her and James’s triumph over the Fellmotte ghosts. The visceral immediacy of Hardinge’s prose . . . can sometimes be unsettling, but the prose itself is always original and invigorating."

— The Horn Book