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Children of the Shaman

(Children of the Shaman #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When their aunt is taken ill, thirteen-year old Annat and her brother are sent from their small coastal town to live with their unknown father. Like Annat, Yuda is a Shaman; a Wanderer with magical powers, able to enter other worlds. As Annat learns more about her powers, the children join their father on a remarkable train journey to the frozen north and find a land of my ...more
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published May 5th 2017 by Grimbold Books, Kristell Ink (first published 2001)
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Jessica I am sorry, I only just found this question. There is some swearing, mainly occasional use of the f-word. There is sexual content, not very graphic…moreI am sorry, I only just found this question. There is some swearing, mainly occasional use of the f-word. There is sexual content, not very graphic and mainly alluded to rather than described. One of the main characters is bisexual and makes no secret of it. I don't think of this as a children's book, though I'm sure it would be fine for a YA market. I hope that helps!(less)

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S.J. Higbee
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The blurb gives the impression that it is a children’s book, due to the young protagonist. However, to be honest, that isn’t how it read. It doesn’t even have a YA vibe. Young Annat is extremely precocious – and like many youngsters growing up in difficult places at difficult times – very observant of the adults around her. Thus we get a sharp-edged look at tangled, often painful adult relationships through the eyes of someone not yet fully able to understand the power and misery of doomed love ...more
C. Scott Kippen
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017
This was a interesting read. The world is great, and Rydill did a wonderful job in the opening chapters of creating and filling this world with people and culture. It is a combination of fantasy/German/Gypsy, and wholly unique to anything I have read.

However strong the world is, the story does not hold up the entire novel. It is the story of Annat and Malchick, adopted children of Yusef. They shipped off to live with their father in the upper Northern lands that have recently been opened up due
Bryan Wigmore
I was possibly defeated by my own expectations here, as the characters in this aren't shamans in the sense I hoped they would be (for some that are, try Megan Lindholm's The Reindeer People and sequel), and the shaman-world turns out to be an alternative other-land you might get in any portal fantasy. I most enjoyed the first quarter, which skillfully set up several mysteries, and the unusual setting worked well, though I thought it a shame that the story-world didn't seem to have its own histor ...more
The Irregular Reader
Thirteen year old Annat is a shaman by birth. Within her own people, the Wanderers, shamans can heal, protect, and enter bodily into other realms. Outside her people, however, shamans are looked upon with suspicion and mistrust. Annat is largely untrained in her powers, but when her aunt falls sick, she and her brother are sent to live with the father they barely know.

Annat is finally able to train as a shaman under the tutelage of her father, Yuda, but the family soon turns down a dangerous pat
Steven Poore
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhere in an alternate Europa, where magic and myth are as dense as the forests that cover the land, there is a Railway. And at the end of the Railway is Gard Ademar. And at Gard Ademar, there is a tunnel. To rescue her brother Malchik from the grip of The Cold One, Annat and her father Yuda must enter the tunnel and cross into a dangerous dreamlike realm...

It's easy to dismiss small presses lightly, but one of their great strengths is the ability to breathe new life into old backlists. Child
Phillip Berrie
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series that I've read. Previously I've read 'Malarat', the third in the series and I gave it five stars.

They are both excellent reads but I think I preferred 'Malarat' better. And, for two technical reasons, I'm only giving this one four and a half stars.

My 'technical' problems with this book were as follows.

There is a plethora of variant names used in this book, with some characters having two names because of cultural reasons. For an astute reader, which is wh
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the alternate history of this world in the book and the interaction of "other worlds" within it. I liked the character of Annat a great deal and found both Yuda and Malchik interesting. Malchik may have been the most intriguing though because of his own internal struggle with himself and the darkness he found within. I would have liked more insight into him, perhaps by seeing through his point of view for part of the book. Also maybe more background on some of the other characters to u ...more
Guy Gonzalez
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Guy by: Serendipity
Shelves: favorites
Back in 2003, before I realized I actually liked the fantasy genre, I went looking for an interesting read to get my feet wet, and after an hour scouring the bookshelves, I came across Children of the Shaman and was intrigued by both its cover art and blurb. Serendipity FTW! In Shaman, Rydill creates a world of heightened reality that is grounded in familiar spiritual and religious metaphors, and gives it all a refreshing spin. Her characters are very strong, particularly Yuda and Annat, and it ...more
Carolynn Markey
Eh. Interesting enough in the beginning and I like the main character, but gets too vague and shadowy for my taste in the end. I dislike authors that write around issues and not of them. I think what I disliked the most is how many questions they raised and how little of them they answered.
David Wake
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book and an easy read following Annat as she tries to come to terms with her father and the powers that he, and thus she, possess. They are trying to save Annat’s brother, Malchik, who has been whisked away to a magical realm. It’s not the run-of-the-mill fantasy setting, but comes from a tradition with which I’m not familiar, which was refreshing. I was reminded of the Snow Queen in the way that the villains follow the Cold One, who has enshrouded the world in winter. The characters have ...more
Christopher Hivner
This is a very well-written and imaginative novel. I don't read a lot of fantasy but from what I know of the genre, this one has some refreshing elements. That being said, I only gave it 3 stars because for reasons I can't pinpoint, the book didn't totally grab me. While I wanted to read the entire book to find out the resolution of the story, I also had no trouble putting it down for several days at a time. When a book really has me by the throat I can't stop reading until I reach the end. Part ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Started off strong with a wonderful atmosphere and background hints to the world, then veered off into the mediocre.

It's well written and has a number of enjoyable aspects, but after the initial phase of mystery and promise the storyline settled into a series of bland encounters with blank people, in some other less interesting world that had very little to offer.

The protagonists never reached their potential and the 'bad guys' were without logical motives or depth.

Maybe it is simply meant for
Andrea Fife
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this escape into a fantasy world, and I'm definately going to check out the others in the series. Be warned, though, the fantasy culture is a little bit sexual, so if you are sensitive to that, you may want to skip this one.
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I almost liked this one, but just didn't ever really buy the world (combo fantasy and post-apocalyptic) or the characters. Didn't really care about the plot either. Intriguing in some ways, but not as well realized as it should have been.
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Jessica Rydill is a fantasy author from the west country in England. Her first novel, Children of the Shaman, was short-listed in 2001 for the Locus award for best first novel.

Jessica was first inspired to write by the likes of Joan Aiken, Alan Garner, Rosemary Sutcliffe and Tolkien. To name but a few!

The Children of the Shaman series concerns the adventures of a dysfunctional family of shamans wh

Other books in the series

Children of the Shaman (4 books)
  • The Glass Mountain
  • Malarat
  • Winterbloom