Orphaned 16-year-old Leodora, a talented puppeteer and storyteller, is forced to hide her identity and gender as she travels the spans and tunnels of the ocean-crossing Shadowbridge in Frost's exciting first of a diptych. Stubborn and god-touched, Leodora feels nearly friendless until she meets a youth with similar gifts. Diverus, an enslaved simpleton, is endowed with intelligence and uncanny musical abilities when an unpredictable deity visits his span. When Diverus plays and Leodora performs, their synergy creates magic and brings them instant fame. Only Leodora's mentor, the perpetually drunken Soter, realizes that their brilliance attracts dangerous chaos energy, and he must protect the young pair while keeping long-held secrets about the deaths of Leodora's parents and the dangers of her talent. Frost (Fitcher's Brides) draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures—benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods—that make this fantasy a sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder.
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For all its painterly beauty, Shadowbridge is a tough-minded novel that confronts some disturbing issues...Frost could be on his way toward a masterpiece. --Gary K. Wolfe -- Locus Looks at Books, Locus Magazine, November 2007
Frost draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures--benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods--that make this fantasy a sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder. -- Publisher's Weekly, October 22, 2007
[F]illed with the brilliant details of Frost's masterful world building--containing all manner of fantastic story. -- Regina Schroeder -- Booklist, December 1, 2007 (starred review)
This is a collections of stories about an impossible world, and it sucks you to the very last. The characters are fascinating and tangible. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ebeowulf
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is so rich and immaginative. It has a varied and wonderful story line that keeps you visualizing wondrous, beautiful, awesome... Read morePublished 21 months ago by PurplePassion
This book is amazing. The writing is easy to follow but complicated enough to make you think. I just can't stress enough how you should just check this out. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Impetusin
Although this book is well written it loses something by switching from the story line to just plain stories.. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Nancy E
Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost- This is the first book of a two book adventure. The second book is called Lord Tophet. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Travis Eisenbrandt
Shadowbridge/Lord Tophet is like a lot of fantasy series published: The first volume has no real ending. It's all about trying to get you to buy the next book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Gary Townsend
When I picked this book up, I nearly put it down again. I thought to myself: I am actually really sick of storytellers, puppeteers, bards and performers as fantasy main characters. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by frumiousb
It took me so long to like this book, to get into this book that if it had not become so enjoyable during the second half of this, I would have given it a one. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by Shawna Lanne
Elegant writing and masterful storytelling combine to take you to a world that you could have never imagined. Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by M. Lamba