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The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbøl
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Dec 23, 08

bookshelves: fiction, from-library, children-or-ya, spec-fic
Read in October, 2008

I would definitely recommend this one to the Tamora Pierce set. It's a solid fantasy with an intriguing premise: Dina, like her mother, has the power to Shame people with her eyes. When she makes eye contact with others, they become unable to hide their shameful secrets, whether small or large. Because of this power, Dina's mother is often called to villages and cities to confirm people's innocence or guilt. It's an important role, but all Dina really wants is to be able to have friends and look at people without making them feel things they would rather forget. When Dina's mother is called away to discover the truth about a murder among nobles at Dunark, however, both she and Dina become entangled in a web of intrigue that may cost them their lives.

Some aspects of the world in which the story takes place could use some fleshing out; in many ways it's sort of Generic Fantasy Setting. But I love the premise of the Shamer, and the action is nonstop. Dina is believable as a capable but inexperienced girl who's in way over her head, and this deserves to be gobbled up by anyone who loves a good fantasy.
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