A knife-sharp debut that leaves its mark!
Plain Kate lives in a world of magic and curses, where cats can
talk and shadows can bring back the dead. As the wood-carver''s
daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden
talismans seem to reveal hidden truths about their owners.
But she and her village have fallen on hard times: Kate''s
father dies, crops fail, and a strange sickness is spreading across
the countryside. The village is looking for someone to blame, and
for her skill with a knife, Kate is accused of witchcraft.
Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: If Kate gives him
her shadow, he''ll grant her heart''s wish, and he''ll also find a
way for her to escape the angry townspeople. Kate reluctantly
agrees, not realizing that she''s given a powerful tool to a man
driven mad with grief. Aided by new friends and armed with the
carving knife that has never failed to show her the truth, Kate
must stop Linay in his terrible plan of revenge and become the
heroine she knows is within her.