Lord Tophet: A Shadowbridge Novel
by Gregory Frost
Review by Sam Lubell
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345497598
Date: 29 July 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Lord Tophet is the second half of Shadowbridge, a two-volume novel. It is an unusual fantasy, about the magic of stories, set in an atypical fantasy world comprised mainly of multi-level bridges. There are no kings, wizards, or quests for the magic MacGuffin. What's left is a fascinating coming of age story about a young woman whose character combines that of both her parents, but is very much her own person. Leodora is more than a storyteller, she is a collector of stories. This allows the author to present a rich mythology as the stories Leodora tells and the ones she collects are interwoven into her own story, at times even merging together. From official release/information:
From publicity material: Lord Tophet is the second book in a unique fantasy duology started with Shadowbridge. It portrays a vibrant, surreal world, full of vivid myths and dreamlike settings. It's a lyrical tale starring Leodora, a gifted young woman coming of age under the shadow of her father's legend, all the while being pursued by dark agents from her family's past. Leodora is a storyteller, a master puppeteer who travels the spans between worlds, collecting and retelling stories, variations on the different myths that all cultures spawn.
(Source: Del Rey)