So, I remember reading a book series in fifth or sixth grade, and I'd love to give my nephew a copy. It was about a young boy and girl who traveled between two worlds. One world had a magical veil blocking out the sun, the other was more of a magical spirit world. They could create hard light using stones that harvested sunlight above the veil. They also had replaced their shadows with sentient cloud-beings.

I remember the girl was rather antagonistic, and not very fond of the boy, she was from more of a viking culture, and he was from more of a magician culture.

I can't for the life of me remember it unfortunately, and googling is turning up nothing.

  • Wasnt it so also that the boy was banished / fleeing from his home (which was in sort of a tower)? (If so I'm thinking of the same book (and would also like to know which one it is)
    – Thomas
    Aug 22 '16 at 16:07
  • It seems like it. I know the backdrop was that there was corruption in his neck of the woods. His culture was stratified by a caste system based on colors of the rainbow (ergo, Red was the bottom caste, then Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Then violet). If I recall, he was in one of the lower castes. There were also servants who didn't fall into the caste if I remember correctly.
    – Sidney
    Aug 22 '16 at 16:10
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    yepp and he was thrown into a hole from where he escaped. also they can commune with the shadows and I think the girl lived on sort of a ship didn't she? Oh and I think something had happneed to the boys father (banished/imprisoned and died or so)
    – Thomas
    Aug 22 '16 at 16:27

Based on Thomas's additional info, I was able to find it. It is Garth Nix's The Seventh Tower Series. It's a six book series, but no longer appears to be being published in the US, however it's available on Amazon pretty cheap used.

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    – Rand al'Thor
    Aug 22 '16 at 23:41

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