- Imprint: Amulet Books
- Publication Date: October 17, 2017
- Price: $19.99
- Trim Size: 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄4
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-2572-2
- EAN: 9781419725722
- Page Count: 432
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: North America
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A Skinful of Shadows is a dark YA historical fantasy set in the early part of the English Civil War. Makepeace is an illegitimate daughter of the aristocratic Fellmotte family, and as such, she shares their unique hereditary gift: the capacity to be possessed by ghosts. Reluctant to accept her appointed destiny as vessel for a coterie of her ancestors, she escapes. As she flees the pursuing Fellmottes across war-torn England, she accumulates a motley crew of her own allies, including outcasts, misfits, criminals, and one extremely angry dead bear. From Costa Book of the Year winner Frances Hardinge comes a new dark historical fantasy that’s sure to satisfy her leagues of fans who are eager for more.
**STARRED REVIEW**— Publishers Weekly
" . . . a delicious combination of historical adventure, coming-of-age tale, and supernatural intrigue"
**STARRED REVIEW**— Kirkus Reviews
"Hardinge's plot is both unpredictable and rock-solid, her settings full of smells, her imagery vivid . . . Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary."
**STARRED REVIEW**— Shelf Awareness
"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."
**STARRED REVIEW**— Booklist
"Hardinge’s writing is stunning, and readers will be taken hostage by its intensity, fascinating developments, and the fierce, compassionate girl leading the charge."
**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
**STARRED REVIEW**— The Horn Book
"The visceral immediacy of Hardinge’s prose . . . can sometimes be unsettling, but the prose itself is always original and invigorating"
"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
"?The novel is a very descriptive and craftily written . . . It would be ideal for tenacious students looking for a good ghost story."— School Library Connection
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. She is the author of several books for children, including Cuckoo Song, The Lost Conspiracy, Fly by Night, Well Witched, and Fly Trap. She lives in England. Visit the author at franceshardinge.com.