In a Boulder’s Shadow begins a week into the New Year. A college baseball player kneels in the snow on a Chicago sidewalk, staring at the bodies of his friend and an eleven-year-old boy. Knowing his failed attempt to rescue the child from a gang initiation led to their deaths, he begins roaming aimlessly until he meets another wanderer holding fast to her own dark secret from a distant war.
In a Boulder’s Shadow chronicles the journeys of four characters from different walks of life, trying to escape the guilt of a deadly mistake, a war, a school shooting, and a rejected marriage proposal. Knocked to their knees by their circumstances, they are drawn to the same woodland camp in northeastern Pennsylvania where a mysterious boulder awaits in the woods.
Coming together in the shadow of the boulder to coach, play, and heal, these mentors, teachers, and counselors soon find they must fight to prevent the boulder’s destruction. As the camp owner faces the possibility of losing his family name and lands passed down from his great-grandfather, decades-old antagonisms between the owner, the caretaker, and a local handyman are stoked in the heat of summer by the greed of a real estate developer. All leads to a final choice: let the boulder be destroyed or unite and risk everything to save it.
In a Boulder’s Shadow was inspired by the author’s experiences as a National Board Certified Teacher, teaching in public Title 1 schools in Florida and California over twelve years, and as an English teacher in Japan for four years. Prior to teaching, J. Mandeville was a coach and mentor to boys at summer camp programs in Pennsylvania and Maine, during summers while attending Boston University and Miami University, and later while working toward his teaching certification for children with exceptional needs at California State University, San Marcos. Presently, he works at the administration center for a school district in southern Florida where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
A New York Times Best Seller!
The third book in Rae Carson’s award-winning and New York Times–bestselling trilogy! In the deeply satisfying conclusion, seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen Elisa travels into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Brandon Sanderson.
The champion must not waver. The champion must not fear. The gate of darkness closes.
Elisa is a fugitive. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.
Elisa will lead her loyal companions deep into the enemy’s kingdom, a land of ice and snow and vicious magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover could change the course of history.
Don’t miss Empire of Dreams, Rae Carson’s action-packed return to the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, coming in 2020!