I remember reading a book that was about a boy learning to control his shadow, everyone had their own shadow and his was particularly weak. I recall early on he had to fight someone much stronger with a dragon shadow, but that's about it. Anyone know what this book is called? I've been looking for years, and all my attempts have turned up empty. I believe he may have been attending some sort of school, I think the fight with the dragon shadow was some sort of coming of age test. If I remember anything else I'll place it here.


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It could be the Seventh Τower series by Garth Nix.

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It's fairly vague, though in the first book the protagonist has an encounter with a dragon shadow servant.

  • Yep, first thing that jumped to my mind. Shadows play a large role in this series and even start a war at some point IIRC. Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 7:39
  • This definitely sounds like it, I'll look into it when I get some free time and then I'll mark this as the answer if it matches. Thanks a lot.
    – Chartreugz
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 12:40

The boy with two shadows, by Margaret Mahy. http://www.penguin.co.nz/products/9780143504405/boy-two-shadows

A witch wants to go on holiday, so persuades a boy to look after her shadow, which sticks to his feet alongside his own. But the boy's shadow is bullied by the witch's shadow, and runs away.

  • No I'm pretty sure this isn't it, thanks for trying though.
    – Chartreugz
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 12:41

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