This lyrical and engaging novel is simply captivating. Leodora is an eminently sympathetic protagonist; her history and motivations are clearly defined; and the world she moves about in is deeply original while still feeling familiar. The secondary characters are also carefully drawn, and the interplay between them is fascinating. Frost has a way with words that borders on magical.

In a world made of bridges soaring over seas, Leodora is an exceptionally talented shadow-puppeteer who tells the myths and legends of the spans to ever-growing crowds. Eventually her reputation exceeds that of her late father's, and with that reputation comes less desirable attention.

Soon Leodora and her companions are fleeing a violent past, one that she must deal with if she hopes to break free of it. (Del Rey, Jan., 272 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs