In a word, Lene Kaaberbol's newest series, The Shamer Chronicles, is wonderful. Full of action, adventure, and even a t...moreNot your average fantasy novel
In a word, Lene Kaaberbol's newest series, The Shamer Chronicles, is wonderful. Full of action, adventure, and even a touch of (PG) romance, this series stands out from a lot of the others I've read. I especially love the main character, ten-year-old Dina, who is not quite your typical heroine. As one with the Shamer's Gift (the ability to reveal a person's deepest, darkest secret with just one look), she is shunned and feared by all who see her. She must choose to use this gift for the good of mankind (like her Mother)and never be accepted by society, or to abuse her gift and exploit it, and live above the laws.
The novel starts off very simply, and a bit fast, but starts to get a bit sluggish in the middle. Don't give up on it, though, because it ends with a BANG! Although this is not the best book in the series (that honor is reserved for Book 3, The Serpent Gift), it is still an excellent book with a lot of depth and realism. There is no real "magic", fairy godmothers, or pretty disney princesses in Dina's world, and there are no easy solutions. Dina lives in a real world, and as a result, has to make real decisions and pay real consequences, and that's very refreshing. (less)
I absolutely loved book 1 in the series, ("The Shamer's Daughter"), so I eagerly awaited the release of the second. Unfort...moreDon't Give Up On Dina Yet!!!
I absolutely loved book 1 in the series, ("The Shamer's Daughter"), so I eagerly awaited the release of the second. Unfortunately the book leaves much to be desired. The addition of a new character, Rose, adds a bit of needed comic relief, but all in all, I felt that this book dragged on quite a bit. When all is said and done, I feel that this is the weakest, and least memorable of the series, but it's still not a bad read. Give it a try! (less)
In this third book, Dina and her family are trying, once again, to regain the safety and security they once had. Without her gift, Dina believes she w...moreIn this third book, Dina and her family are trying, once again, to regain the safety and security they once had. Without her gift, Dina believes she will finally have the life she always dreamed of, but when a mysterious and sinister-looking stranger appears, claiming to be Dina's father, the family is divided. When the truth is revealed, Dina must make a choice- either stand against injustice with her family, or join the side of evil.
This book was my favorite out of the quartet because it gave some real background for all of the characters, and provides Dina with some long-overdue answers. The introduction of Sezuan (the mysterious posessor of the Serpent Gift) added some new conflict to Dina's world. I found myself moved to tears near the end of this book. All in all, I felt that this book was a lot slower, and didn't have as much as action as the others in the series. But, by eliminating some (by no means ALL) of the action, Kaaberbol really lets us get to know these characters, which was hard to do with all the non-stop action prior to this point.(less)
No Question Left Unanswered, No Minor Character Overlooked!
In the fourth, and final book of Lene Kaaberbol's Shamer series, Dina and family must once...moreNo Question Left Unanswered, No Minor Character Overlooked!
In the fourth, and final book of Lene Kaaberbol's Shamer series, Dina and family must once again face Drakan and his evil forces. As per usual, the family is divided, and Nico and Davan both run off to confront the Dragon Emperor head on. In this book, Kaaberbol ties up every single loose end, and answers every question (no matter how slight). In this book we also meet a stonger, more confident Dina, who has aged considerably since the first book in the series (The Shamer's Daughter). Although it takes her a long time, Dina finally decides how she will deal with what life has given her.
Although I will admit this book was slow going, I believe that is merely because I took so long to GET Book 4. It starts off more or less where the third (Serpent Gift) left off. My advice is to read them all back to back, not in the span of several months like I did. Reading them that far apart, I forgot a lot of minor characters and little conflicts that become crucial later on, so I was unable to TRULY appreciate this last book. I look forward to giving the series a second, much more thorough reading. Although Shamer's War is much heavier in theme than the other three, it ends on a surprisingly happy note.(less)