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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 War (The)
by Lene Kaaberbol
Age Range: 12+
This is the final Shamer novel after The Shamer’s Daughter, The Shamer’s Signet and The Serpent’s Gift. 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
The Shamer’s War sees Davin and Dina thrown into a whirlwind adventure as they try to stop their friend Nico from following his destiny. Both are caught up in Nico’s quest to take revenge on Drakon. War becomes inevitable as the clans join forces with Nico to rid themselves of the deadliest of foes. Will Dina’s shamer’s gift bring defeat to Nico’s deadliest enemy?
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.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)