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Shamer's Signet (The) Shamer Chronicles Book 2
by Lene Kaaberbol
Age Range: 12+
In this second book from the ‘Shamer Chronicles’ Dina and her mother are tricked into going with the wicked Valdracu’s men and her brother, Davin, sets off in hot-headed pursuit of the man he believes, wrongly, to be responsible. Although Dina and her mother escape and a clan war is narrowly averted, the ingenious Valdracu is successful in his second attempt. Trapped and held prisoner, Dina is forced to use her gift as a weapon – if she does not, Valdracu threatens to kill her companion, a grandson of one of the clans. Davin becomes her only hope of escape.
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 Daughter; 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.