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Haaniah, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

A Skinful of Shadows

"A Skinful of Shadows" is a book by Frances Hardinge, set during the English Civil War in 17th Century England. The protagonist of the story is a young girl, Makepeace Lightfoot. After her mother is killed, she is sent to Grizehayes, to her father’s family. She discovers her gift - Makepeace can be possessed by spirits.
The language used is extremely descriptive and conveys the setting, atmosphere and storyline awfully well. The setting of the English Civil War is used effectively and the events are extremely believable and are based on real events.
The plot is written well and is rather exciting. It grabs the reader's attention and creates suspense, encouraging the reader to keep reading.
Although Makepeace is clearly fictitious, as a person, her personality and character traits are realistic. They are well-rounded, and she develops into a more confident person throughout the book. The other characters are also well-developed and help to give an insight to Makepeace. At first, I thought that multiple ghosts could get confusing as to who is who, however due to their different patterns in speech, it was clear to differentiate between the ghosts. Makepeace is slowly revealed to the reader, through her inner thoughts and feelings as well as dialogue.
I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes history and fantasy novels.

Posted on: 3rd June 2019 at 03:36 pm

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