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Book Review: Lene Kaaberbøl - The Shamer's Daughter [ARC]

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"It would have been a good place to end--there among the reeds with Rose and me, and Nico, and Mama, and the evening star. But that's not how it goes. Not in real life. In real life, the story always goes on. And that's why I have to tell the next bit, even though I don't want to."

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The Shamer's Daughter is the first book in the 'The Shamer's Chronicles' quadrilogy. Although it was originally wrote and published in Danish, I read the English translation that I got from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you very much for giving me this!)

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THE SHAMER'S DAUGHTER
by Lene Kaaberbøl
Oringinally wrote & publishing in Danish / Read in English

Began reading: August 15th 2019
Finished reading: August 25th 2019
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----------------------------------------------------------------The Shamer's Daughter (The Shamer Chronicles, #1)

SYNOPSIS

Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone's eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship.

But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a bloody triple murder, Dina must come to terms with her power--or let her mother fall prey to the vicious and revolting dragons of Dunark.


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I gave this book:

[ ★★★ stars ]

MY REVIEW:
may contain spoilers

The Shamer's Daughter is the first book in its quadrilogy: with the following books named The Shamer's Signet, The Serpent Gift and The Shamer's War.

When I came across this book on Edelweiss+, the uniqueness of the protagonist (Dina) struke me as something new. The fantasy genre contains lots of character that control elemental magic and etc. but never as something as alternative as this.

PLUS! It has a contents page AND chapter titles! It was very refreshing to see (and read)!

Because of the combination of these things, I was disappointed that I didn't like the book as much as I initially thought I would. I think this is because the book was written from the point of view of the protagonist, who is eleven. I am really pleased that the author did this - and really well too! - as writing a book that matches the voice of the protagonist's age is something that we need more of. However, in the books I usually read, the protagonist is slightly older, a similar age to myself, so I am more used to hearing the voice and thought process of a teenager rather than a pre-teen.

That being said, just from reading the first book, I can tell that this series has lots of potential.

Will I continue to read The Shamer Chronicles?
At the point of writing this, I am unsure. I think at some point I will definitely try the second novel if I can fit it in on my chaotically hectic reading schedule.

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Have you read this series yet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments section below!

Thank you for reading!

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Adventuring into fictional universes is always something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Now, as an aspiring author, I get to create them too.

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