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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  752 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Southwest Britain, AD 43.

For the people of Caer Cad, ‘skin’ is their totem, their greeting, their ancestors, their land.

Ailia does not have skin. Abandoned at birth, she serves the Tribequeen of her township. Ailia is not permitted to marry, excluded from tribal ceremonies and, most devastatingly, forbidden to learn. But the Mothers, the tribal ancestors, have chosen her f
Paperback, 356 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Text Publishing
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Cait • A Page with a View
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was one of the richest depictions of Celtic Britain I've found! I thought the author did really good job of showing the gritty aspects of daily life and making the whole world seem real (and brutal at times). I loved the strong female characters, the setting, and the way the writing had an almost dreamlike quality that sounded like someone recounting a legend.

The basic story is about a girl named Ailia who was found as an infant and doesn't know her family. Because she doesn't know her tot
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
“He was as dazzling and unfathomable as the night sky: in equal measure splendid and despondent, vital and injured, tender and cruel. He had an Elder’s wisdom, yet the wariness of a child, and in the force of these splits, the whole earth turned within his sprawling frame”

Skin is the first novel by Australian author, Ilka Tampke, and the first book of a two-book series. Iron Age Britain, soon to be invaded by the Roman legions, is where fourteen-year-old Ailia works in the kitchens of the Tribeq
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I was kindly sent a free arc of this book in exchange for an honest review :) I also read this book as part of the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon which was rather exciting and as a readathon book this worked very well because it's fun and fast paced and it's told in 1st person so it's quick to get into. This is the story of an ancient british tribe and the ideals, prophecies, magic and customs they hold dear to them with a particular focus on our main character, Ailia.

What I found whilst reading this
Christine Spoors
I had high expectations going into this book, and I was not disappointed! It follows Ailia, a girl without 'skin' in 43 AD Celtic Britain. In this book a person's Skin is like a totem which they have depending on what their family has, for example a dog or a salmon. No one know's who Ailia's parents are and so she is without skin, and so not allowed to be educated or marry.

I really loved the way Tampke wove this idea of 'skin' into her version of these ancient Celtic tribes, weaving in magic and
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Isabelle Carmody, an author I've read since I was in my very early teens, describes this book on the back cover as being a book about yearning. In just a few words Carmody captures the soul of this book.

Ailia is without skin , or in terms perhaps more understandable to contemporary readers, her parentage is not known. Whilst Ailia was adopted, and loved, by the cook at Caer Cad she was not able to participate fully in society due to her lack of skin. Ailia was unable to be taught skills learnt
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Skin’ is the debut historical fiction/fantasy novel from Australian author (and member of my wonderful writer’s group) Ilka Tampke.

The book is set in AD 43 (Iron Age Britain), and our narrator is ‘skinless’ Ailia of Cad who was found by Cookmother on the doorstep of the Tribequeen. She is raised in the kitchens, and taught the art of healing by Cookmother, but still Ailia longs for what she cannot have and will not be without skin – a journeywoman.

Born to the skinless, or lost to their familie
Mel Campbell
I devoured this book in one epic reading session that went from about 10pm to 3:30am. I thought I'd stop maybe halfway through but I just kept reading. At first I found the language a little self-consciously florid and weird, as if that's what's 'expected' in fantasy, but ultimately it was utterly beguiling: basically it lulled me into the same credulous, visceral kind of reading I used to do when I was a tween and early teen. And although this is a story for adults, it's got much the same 'hero ...more

Das war gut:
- Das radikale Ende: Brutal, unerbittlich und damit erstmals überraschend

- Das Setting: Britannien im Jahre 40 n. Chr., wie geil ist das denn?! Rituale, alte Sitten, die Bedrohung durch die Römer, das alles wird gut dargestellt. Geht nur leider im Rest unter.

Das war richtig, richtig mies:
- Die Liebesgeschichte: Insta-Love lässt grüßen. Ailia und Taliesin treffen sich dreimal und lieben sich unendlich, der Funke springt überhaupt nicht über. Zud
I received a free copy of this book from Hodder in exchange for an honest review.

Ailia is a young woman growing up in a tribe in Celtic Britain. Her tribe believe in something called Skin which is something yu are given and taught by your mother from birth but Ailia was abandoned by her mother as a newborn and is skinless. As Ailia tries to figure out who she is, she learns that the higher powers may have something in store for her as the Roman Empire marches ever closer.

I really, really enjoyed
Nick Reeve
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Skin' is a beautifully crafted story that resonated deeply within me. Ilka has created the notion that 'skin' is identity, and consequently the novel pursues the importance to understand and uphold this.

The setting for Skin is SW England AD 43-47, time of the Roman invasion. The journey of central character Ailia, a tribesperson of Albion (Ancient Britain), leads the reader through this adventure. Real locations and historical timelines are set against a fantastic mystical dimension, with a no
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It takes you into the world of ancient Britain where women are powerful and Goddesses are worshipped. It creates a vivid picture of life in a Celtic tribe - one that is on the cusp of being invaded by the Romans. But it also takes you journeying to places that have become lost to us now... Skin is beautifully written, fascinating, and above all a rip-roaring good read. And while it is definitely one for the women, my husband is reading it now and also can't put it down!
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow - great read
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In Caer Cad bestimmt die Tierhaut ob du jemand bist. Denn für die Bewohner des Stammes bedeutet die Haut alles. Sie ist das Bindeglied zwischen der festen Welt und der Welt der Mütter, zu der nur die Gereisten Zugang haben. Ailia wird niemals auch nur die Chance erhalten eine Gereiste zu
Mikka Gottstein
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilsa Tampke ist mit "Skin. Das Lied der Kendra" ein ungewöhnlicher, eindringlicher Debütroman gelungen, der eine fantasievolle Geschichte von Mystik und Magie erzählt, diese aber verwurzelt in einem Abschnitt unserer ganz realen Weltgeschichte: das Buch spielt zur Zeit der Eroberung Britanniens durch das römische Reich, also in der Späten Eisenzeit. Die Autorin verwebt das eine ganz natürlich und nahtlos mit dem anderen. Orte, die tatsächlich existiert haben, und Ereignisse, die historisch beleg ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Skin’ is the debut historical fiction/fantasy novel from Australian author (and member of my wonderful writer’s group) Ilka Tampke.

The book is set in AD 43 (Iron Age Britain), and our narrator is ‘skinless’ Ailia of Cad who was found by Cookmother on the doorstep of the Tribequeen. She is raised in the kitchens, and taught the art of healing by Cookmother, but still Ailia longs for what she cannot have and will not be without skin – a journeywoman.

Born to the skinless, or lost to their familie
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rezensiert
Die Waise Ailia hat es in ihrem Stamm nicht leicht. Als Findelkind ist sie nach den Stammesgesetzen eine Halbgeborene ohne Haut und damit ohne ein Stammeslied. Eine große Schmach, steht die Haut doch für den Glauben des Stammes, ihre Vorfahren und ihr Heimatland.
Die Zeichen stehen schlecht in diesen Tagen, denn die Römer stehen praktisch schon vor der Tür um sich die letzten freien Völker Britanniens einzuverleiben.
Das Reich zittert, denn noch immer hat sich die Kendra, die Hüterin alles Wissens
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is 60% kick ass, 10% frustrating, 5% oversexed, 25% omfgggggggg ahhhhh amazing
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This sounds very good!

I won it as a giveaway. I shall review the book when I’ve received it and read it.
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ilia vokser op som hittebarn. Men endnu værre hun er uden skind og hele verden er bygget på skind. Uden skind vil hun altid være halv. Altid være udstødt, selv om hun er inde.

Viden og kærlighed
Nogle siger, det er det samme.
Det man virkelig kender, vil man også elske. - side 264

I år 43 i Sommer (England) er Stammedronning Fraid hersker og fred har varet længe. Man ærer Mødrene med sine sange. Man har skind. Og ritu
Chi – cuddle.thereader
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Đồng thời em nó cũng là một trong những cuốn làm mình bất ngờ và ưng ý nhất trong năm 2019 này, vì cách kể chuyện vô cùng cuốn hút và mang đậm màu sắc sử thi hào hùng.
Những ánh lửa bập bùng đêm hội, những bài ca đầy tự hào của linh tộc, lòng tin vào quyền năng và sức mạnh của các Mẹ cùng những ý niệm trong thâm tâm mỗi nhân vật như tô đậm thêm sắc màu độc đáo riêng biệt của cuốn
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the area of England that is now Somerset, this novel takes place just prior to the Roman invasion of AD43. It centres around a foundling girl, Ailia, who is raised as a servant in the Tribe Queen's household. Because her family is unknown, and because this relates to the importance of Skin in their culture, Ailia is an outsider unable to take part in some of the rites and learning. When she displays some talents in the art of Druidry, Ailia fights for education in this area and this leads ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin the main review of the book can we all take a minute to marvel in the beauty of this cover! When I saw this on NetGalley it was the cover that originally drew me in, I personally think it’s absolutely gorgeous and I might even have to purchase myself a copy to keep on my shelf.

Firstly let me say that historical fiction is not normally my first choice of genre, although I have read a few fantastic historical fiction novels over the years. There was just something about Skin that pu
Lynn Williams
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading Skin by Ilka Tampke which is a very unusual and intriguing book.

The story gets off to an immediate and rather gory start – so be warned on that front. Set in Iron Age Britain around AD 43. Britain is poised on the brink of Roman invasion and in the village of Caer Cad the locals look to their ancient rituals in order to guide them.

The people of this age were superstitious, they lived by ritual and believed in the sacred laws of nature
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bücherregal
Ailia lebt in Britannien zu einer Zeit, in der die Römer ihr Reich immer weiter ausdehnen. Auch ihr Stamm wird von der Großmacht bedroht und sie allein kann die Rettung bringen. Weil sie jedoch nicht weiß, woher sie kommt oder wer ihre Eltern sind, trägt sie keine Haut. Diese steht für die Zugehörigkeit zu einem bestimmten Totemtier und damit für Glauben, Vorfahren und Heimatland. Sie hat also keinen Clan, zu dem sie gehört und ist damit eine Außenseiterin. Ohne Haut ist es ihr nicht erlaubt zu ...more
Emma Darcy
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars

I can't say that I loved it, but I also read it obsessively for two days. The ending is brutal and will make you bitter. You will have so many feelings. One of them will be rage probably.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first learned about Ilka Tampke’s Skin, I immediately knew I wanted to read it as it hits so many of my sweet spots, fantasy combined with historical fiction set in Celtic Britain. Not to mention that Tampke at some point mixes in just a hint of the Arthurian legend that is still in the far future in this book. When I finally managed to snag a copy of the paperback last summer, I just started the first page over coffee at Foyles and I was hooked. I read the book over the course of my Nine ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die 14-jährige Ailia hat keine Tierhaut und gilt damit in ihrem Dorf als Außenseiterin. Denn alle in Caer Cad haben eine Tierhaut. Ailia wird somit der Zugang zu vielen Dingen verwehrt und sie arbeitet als einfache Dienerin für die Königin. Trotzdem scheint der Krieger Ruther sich für sie zu interessieren. Im Laufer der Zeit offenbart sich aber ein völlig anderes Schicksal für Ailia, sie scheint zur Kendra zu werden, einer großen Wissenshüterin und das obwohl sie keine Haut trägt. Für viele in i ...more
Lara (Bookishsolace)
Skin is set in Britain, and specifically in Summer (Somerset) between AD 28 and AD 43 in a matriarchy. Iron-Age Britain, a Druid culture, and the might of Rome preparing for invasion. Ailia has no Skin (in a metaphorical way. Skin is the totem tribal connection.her journey to find `Skin' and its meaning is satisfyingly archetypal) . She doesn't know who her parents were, and so she cannot learn or do anything in society. Like any other untutored woman, she just wants to learn more of the world. ...more
Julia Tulloh Harper
I loved this story! I literally could not put it down. It follows Ailia, a young person living with a tribe in Iron Age Britain as they prepare for the Roman invasion. The tribe's greatest concern is that the Romans will destroy their system of knowledge - a skin/totem system - given to them by the Mothers, the mystical beings who created and now sustain the land and their lives. But Ailia is an orphan and so never received a skin, and as such she can't do anything - learn, swim, properly partic ...more
Historical fiction with fantasy elements is not my usual reading fare, but this debut novel from Ilka Tampke turned out to be enjoyable light reading. It is set in Southwest Britain in AD43, just as the Roman legions are about to invade, and its heroine is a feisty girl called Ailia.

Ailia’s tribe, the people of Caer Cad, has a belief system based on ‘skin’. At birth girls are given their skin and sung into being. This entitles them to participate in ceremonies, and to learn the ancient knowledge
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Ilka Tampke teaches fiction at RMIT University. Her first novel, Skin, was published in eight countries and was nominated for the Voss Literary Prize and the Aurealis Awards in 2016. Ilka lives on five acres in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.

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