Waiting on Wednesday--The Shadow Society, by Marie Rutkoski

I am an enthusiastic fan of Marie Rutkoski--her Kronos Chronicles series, that begins with the lovely Cabinet of Wonders, is a favorite of mine. These books are smart, entertaining, historical fantasy, and so Marie Rutkoski is on list of authors whose new books I will trot out to the store to buy (there are a very small number of authors (maybe three) whose books I will run as fast as I can to the store for, and many more I will wander to the store at some point for, and trotting to the store is obviously half way between the two, reserved for maybe ten authors, and shows great enthusiasm).

So I was very pleased to see that she has a new book out this fall! (picture and blurb are from the publisher's catalogue)

The Shadow Society (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 16, 2012) "Sixteen-year-old Darcy Jones doesn’t know
she’s not human—but then, there’s a lot she doesn’t
know, including everything that happened before she was
abandoned outside a Chicago firehouse at five years old.
But when a mysterious boy named Conn arrives at her high school, Darcy begins to discover more about her past—and is not so sure she likes what she learns. Turns out Darcy is a Shade, a creature capable of becoming invisible, but also part of the terrorist organization the Shadow Society, whose main quest seems to be to eliminate as many humans as possible. Conn, a human, has been sent to arrest her, but when the two find that they are falling in love, things get a lot more complicated."

I find the twisted torso of the cover girl disturbing--her head, trunk, and legs all seem to be going in different directions--I tried to do that pose, but failed (definitly one for Jim Hines' wonderful "striking a pose" experiment with the complications of assuming the positions of women on fantasy book covers; that being said, it's not the final art, as indicated on the picture). And the synopsis makes the book sound like not quite my thing. But I trust the author, so I'll almost certainly be looking for this one come October!

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine


  1. I think this one is on my TBR list already, but I have to make sure it is, because MARIE RUTKOSKI!

  2. "Shut up, Shut up, I didn't know she had a new book coming out" Those were my exact words, said in a high pitch excited tone, when I clicked on this post about Rutkoski upcoming novel

    Though Charlotte I am right with you on the synopsis, but like you I will still give it a go because I trust the Rutkoski to make it work.

  3. Have you seen the Jim C. Hines post on how women on fantasy covers? It made me snort again looking up the URL for you, and I've looked at it several times now. (I quite like his princess books, too. He said when I saw him at a librarian event that they were his answer to his daughter's infatuation with the Disney Princesses, though they came out for adults.) http://www.jimchines.com/2012/01/striking-a-pose/
    I'd not read Marie Rutkoski before, and you've convinced me to take Cabinet of Wonders home with me tonight.

    1. Oh, I do hope you enjoy it!

      And yes, I love that cover post--I couldn't remember where I'd seen it,and didn't have time to hunt, or I would have linked it. Thanks--I'll add it now!


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