After a daring escape from New York City, Magdalys and her friends are headed south to search for her older brother, Montez, whom Magdalys hasn’t seen since he left to fight for the Union Army.
When New York’s Colored Orphan Asylum is destroyed in the Draft Riots of 1863, Magdalys Roca and her friends simultaneously lose their home and become targets of a nefarious slave-trading network that kidnaps free black people from the North and sells them into slavery in the South.
The momentous events of the summer, during which Sierra learned the true extent of her shadowshaping powers, still loom large in Sierra’s and her friends’ minds when fall arrives. But just because a few months have gone by doesn’t mean they’ve let down their guard.
In “Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older, Sierra Santiago is thrust into a world of danger and magic when she discovers that her grandfather is a shadowshaper—a magic user who can channel spiritual energy through art—and she’s got the ability, too.