Lillith Shadow has become the new ruler of Gehenna following the murders of her family. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way to save it is to practice the magic of the undead, but it forbidden to women. A sudden death brings her and the executioner’s servant together and inspires them to break the rules and save her home.
This book sucked me in! As Rick Riordan puts it, "Have you ever started reading a book thinking, 'Oh, well, I may not like it but I'll give it a try,' then quickly found yourself sucked into the story and thinking, 'Holy Hera, this is good!' That was my experience with Shadow Magic." This book is a wonderful page-turner. It's got all the elements of a great fantasy, rendered in a fresh, alluring, well-crafted world, with sympathetic characters and tons of mystery. I recommend this book for middle school readers.