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This was a very unique tale, one that I liked. I am looking forward the completion of the tale in Lord Tophet, which is due later this year.

We meet Leodora, masquerading as a man so that she may pursue her work as a shadow-puppeteer. She collects the tales and myths of her world and performs them to the delight of the masses. She is an orphan and travels with her manager, Soter who served her father and her musical accompanist Diverus. The world is unique in that everyone lives on or under bridges that cross the ocean. The story features the tales that Leodora, or Jax as she is called, performs and is an interesting way of giving us information on the world without seeming to dump it on you. The tone of Shadowbridge brings to mind folk tales that I have read from around the world, which really shows the imagination and skill of Mr. Frost.

If you are looking for a fantasy novel that brings an exotic flair to the genre and has the added bonus of the sequel being released this summer, then Shadowbridge would be a great way to spend a weekend.

Book Blurb for Shadowbridge

"You rattle the darkness where you walk, Jax." Enter Shadowbridge, a world of linked spiraling spans of bridges on which all impossibilities can happen. Ghosts parade, inscrutable gods cast riddles, and dangerous magic is unleashed. Monstrous creatures drain the lives of children and for a price, you can sample their fleeting quintessence--provided the creatures don't sample you instead. Traveling these spans is a brilliant, secretive shadow-puppeteer called Jax, who knows all the stories of love, of war, of the gods, and even of Death and his lover. But Jax has more than a few secrets, too--not the least of which is his true identity: that of Leodora, daughter of the greatest storyteller who ever played the spans, and the woman known as the Red Witch.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2008 3.00