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(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Shamer's Daughter (The) Shamer Chronicles Book 1
by Lene Kaaberbol
Age Range: 12+
Dina has inherited the Shamer’s gift from her mother – one look into her eyes and no one can mask their guilt or hide their shame. Shamers are seen as social outcasts and this makes the gift seem like a curse to eleven-year old Dina.
This is the first book in the thrilling fantasy adventure series of the ‘Shamer Chronicles’. Dina’s mother disappears after making a journey to Dunark at the request of the Dragon Lord. When she fails to return Dina must find a way to help her and Nico, the younger half-brother of the evil Drakan, whom she befriends while they are locked up in the castle dungeon. Forced to confront the vicious and revolting dragons of Dunark, Dina knows this is the only way they can escape from Drakan’s clutches.
Award-winning Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl is an excellent storyteller and has translated her own work into effortless English. The Shamer novels have created an exciting world, on the edge of civilisation, magic and mystery as they follow the lives of the Tonerre family who are constantly pitched into danger and adventure. The harsh life of the Highlands with its rival clans and villains shows a world where those that manipulate the truth are afraid of the gifted few that can see the truth and are able to expose them.
First published in English over fifteen years ago it’s fantastic to see them back in print again in a brand new edition by Pushkin Children’s.
Other titles in the ‘Shamer Chronicles’ (2019) are: The Shamer’s Signet; The Serpent Gift; The Shamer’s War. Further books by Kaaberbøl available in English are: Silverhorse (2008); Midnight (2009) Macmillan; the 'Wildwitch' series – Wildwitch Wildfire; Wildwitch Oblivion; Wildwitch Life Stealer and Wildwitch Bloodling.