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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Shamer's Daughter (The)
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. A series of four novels follow the lives of the Tonerre family as they are constantly pitched
into danger and adventure.
In the first book, The Shamer’s Daughter, 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.
Lene Kaaberbol is an excellent storyteller and translator and these Shamer novels have created an exciting world, on the edge of civilisation, magic and mystery. 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.
The three other books in the series are The Shamer’s Signet, The Serpent Gift and The Shamer’s War (Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)