The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
Challenges covered: YA challenge, New Author challenge, 100+ challenge, Library challenge and A to Z Author.
This is the story of Dina, the Shamer's daughter who has recently inherited her mother's power to unmask people's souls by looking in their eyes. Dina's mother is capable of seeing people's darkest secrets and crimes and making them feel the pain of what they had committed. Dina is not impressed at inheriting this gift, as she feels so lonely, because no one wants to know her as they are frightened to look in her eyes.
Her mother is often called away to carry out work as a Shamer. One evening, she is requested by Drakan, a dragon keeper, she leaves but never returns. Dina goes to help her mother and becomes mixed up in a murder enquiry, where the supposed murderer is actually innocent. The story persues the quest to save an innocent man from certain death and to save Dina's mother from execution.
The story gives off a feel of the Middle Ages, but it doesn't state which time period it is set in. It is pure fantasy at it's best. The story was gripping from the first chapter, full of action all the way through. Just when you think everything will be alright, something goes wrong. The characters were believable. I wouldn't normally read this type of book, as I have never been attracted to stories about dragons, but this one had me intrigued enough to think about reading Eragon.
The Shamer's Daughter is the first book in a series of books called The Shamer Chronicles. The others that follow are:
I have linked each one up to a brief description of them, to see if you might be interested in reading them.
Lene Kaaberbol also wrote the very popular W.I.T.C.H. books for a younger audience.
I really enjoyed it and found it to be quick reading, as I finished it in two sessions. I will definitely be reading the other three.
If you know of any other dragon books that are good, or you have read any of the other books by Lene Kaaberbol, let me know as I would be interested in adding them to my list.