The Shadowshaper Cypher

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 377 ratings

Shadowshaper Publisher's Summary

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one, and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction and marks the YA debut of a bold new voice.

©2015 Daniel José Older (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Shadowshaper

    • By: Daniel José Older
    • Narrated by: Anika Noni Rose
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world. Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Vivid Tale for Many Interests

    • By C. D. White on 01-13-16

    Regular price: $17.15

  • Book 2

    • Shadowhouse Fall

    • The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 2
    • By: Daniel José Older
    • Narrated by: Anika Noni Rose
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 71

    Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a white beast called the Hound of Light - an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The Deck tracks the players and powers of all the magical houses in the city, and when the real Hound begins to stalk Sierra through the streets, the shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy sequel

    • By R. Whitaker on 09-23-17

    Regular price: $19.59