Genre: YA Fiction
When seventeen-year-old Sierra Winters watches her physical body sink to its death, she realizes a shining silver cord connects her two halves together, but it breaks off from her bellybutton, sinks with her body, and then everything changes when a mysterious boy named Valeck saves her life.
Sierra soon discovers she has stumbled upon a mysterious realm known as The Void, which is filled with mystery, intrigue, danger and love. But upon returning to The Void, she is met by a sinister man known as Maven Kodiak who can manipulate his surroundings into a sickening Rot. Maven wants the power of her silver cord all for himself so he can enter the physical world and conquer it.
On the run from Maven, Sierra struggles to understand her abilities and powers which yield some surprising results. As she and Valeck fall in love, Sierra discovers he is keeping a vital secret from her.
Can Sierra be happy sharing her life between both realms, or will she be forced to choose one over the other forever?
Summer’s Shadow is different, and not afraid to be. At first glance, it may sound like your typical magical world story, kind of like Narnia, where the main character finds an entrance to a magical world completely unlike our own. But there’s so much more going on here.
You’ve got Maven, one of the best villains I’ve ever read about, who can cast a sickening rot on his surroundings. Then you’ve got Valeck, the love interest, who harbors secrets, and ranks on a whole new level on the being-mysterious scale. And lastly, you’ve got Sierra, who is stubborn and brave, intelligent and had a great sense of humor.
This is one of my favorite YA fantasy stories I’ve read this year. Great for fans of the genre. The magical cords connecting spirits and bodies was a nice idea, and some reviewers found it really original. I’ve actually read several books that mention the same thing, so I wasn’t that impressed by it. There were other elemnts of the book I found far more original, like Maven and his abilities.