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My name is Chloe, and I am the youngest. Mine are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon me. Men love me without knowing who I am. I have lived forever and will live forever more.
My sisters and I have been on our isolated island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. We spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human lives.
We are the three Fates, and we have stayed separate for good reason. It is dangerous for us to become involved with the humans whose lives we shape. So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on our doorstep, I try to make sure my sisters don’t become attached. But in seeking to protect them, I discover the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, my sisters and I find ourselves pulled inextricably along—toward mortal pain, mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.
Praise for The Shadow Behind the Stars
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2015.
A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2015.
* “Piercing and poetic, encompassing both youthful heedlessness and eternal power, rich in minute observations, delicate metaphors, restrained accountings of atrocities, and reluctant wisdom…Shattering and transcendent.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “A strange and wondrous course through questions of fate and free will…Hahn expertly tackles the power of belief and choice in this thoughtful and introspective work.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
* “Hahn captures the dueling beauties of human life and inhuman fate in poetic prose…Builds to a conclusion that is satisfying and true.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* “The mythical Fates get closer examination in this intriguing, startling novel . . . The story’s timelessness allows it to close the gap between classical mythology and modern realism . . . It will likely linger with philosophical readers, particularly those familiar with the mythological Fates, long after they’ve finished.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
“More than a fairy tale, Rebecca Hahn’s otherworldly novel is a haunting meditation on what makes us human.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Chloe’s narrative voice is stunning, especially when she speaks of the dark power that she and her sisters channel, the mystery that fills and guides them. This is a story to savor.”
“A well-orchestrated tale of mythical beauty, painful remembrance, and fateful consequences…Readers will soon be entranced by [Hahn’s] ethereal prose and will be fervently turning the pages to understand the mystery surrounding Aglaia’s arrival.”
“An obvious choice for mythology fans and teen philosophers alike.”