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The Shamer's Daughter

(The Shamer Chronicles #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,616 ratings  ·  380 reviews
"It ought to be quite a show," said the squire, obviously enjoying the attention of the crowd. "The false Shamer has been convicted of witchcraft and treason and is to be executed tomorrow."
I couldn't move. I couldn't breathe. I knew now where my mother was. Drakan had her. And tomorrow he would give her to the dragons.

Who dares look into the Shamer's eyes?

Dina has unwilli
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Hardcover, 235 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Henry Holt and Company (first published 2000)
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Katrine B.
This was my first real fantasy book. I read it when I was about 9 or 10 and in the beginning I made my mother read it out loud - one chapter each night.
One day I got really excited about it, but then the chapter ended and my mother told me to go to sleep.

When I couldn't sleep because I kept thinking about the next chapter and what might happen, I ran downstairs, "stole" the book and finished it in one night. I got so caught up I forgot everything about time, school the next day - even my own ex
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C.G. Drews
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It wasn't the book cover that caught my attention--not the title, not the promising thinness of the book, or the blurb on the back. It was the Author's Note.

I opened the book and began to read what the author had written about her book. The story behind her novel fascinated me--how she lived in Denmark, translated her own books to English, lived across the harbour from the royal residency and waved to the queen every morning. But I also love what she said about The Look.

"I think we learn the p
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K
I actually didn't dislike this book as much as the rating would imply; The Shamer's Daughter is a quick, fun read and the idea of the "Shamer", while not totally revolutionary, is fresh and engaging. But while The Shamer's Daughter is an enjoyable read, it suffers from a bland heroine and a shade of the "but I'm not like other girls" brand of sexism that I've come to loathe in middle grade and young adult fiction.

Dina Tonnerre is the daughter of the Shamer, a woman who can look into the eyes of
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What a cool concept! The Shamer's Daughter follows eleven-year-old Dina, who is the daughter of something called a Shamer. Shamers' powers, which are inherited genetically, allow the Shamer to look anyone in the eye and force them to relive all of their shameful memories and confess their bad deeds.

The Shamer's gift is rare and the few around, like Dina's mother, are called on to settle legal disputes. This turns south when she is called to prove a man guilty in the
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Nikoleta
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Το βιβλίο της Αισχύντρα δεν νομίζω τελικά ότι είναι και τόσο παιδικό. Άμα εξαιρέσουμε την πού νεαρή ηλικία της πρωταγωνίστριας, αυτό που μένει είναι ένα ξεκάθαρα ενήλικό βιβλίο. Δεν συγκαταλέγετε στα κλασικά φάντασυ κατά την γνώμη μου, διότι αισθάνθηκα καθ’ όλη την διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης, ότι όλο του το θέμα είναι μια αλληγορική αναπαράσταση του δικού μας κόσμου. Ναι, έχει δράκους, ιππότες και μάγισσες, αλλά και τι με αυτό; Το διάβασα όλο με μια διάχυτη μελαγχολία. Διότι η Αισχύντρα, βλέπετε, έχ ...more
Canni
Kan lige så godt springe ud i det med det samme: JEG ELSKER DEN HER BOG!!!

Skammerens Datter er virkelig en af mine absolut mest elskede og læste bøger! Tror jeg har læst den her serie mindst lige så mange gange som Harry Potter, hvis ikke flere! Kan den næsten til hudløshed, men den har en bestemt 'feel', som gør, at man ikke keder sig og nemt kan læse den om og om igen!

Hele grund ideen tiltaler mig, da det ikke er noget man har set før, hverken på dansk eller engelsk. Lene Kaaberbøl har skabt
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Anna
For dansk anmeldelse, følg link http://happenstancie.blogspot.dk/2012...
Third time read: aug 2012
Fourth time read: 2. September - 9th of September
Kelsey
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young fantasy readers, adults who don't mind reading children's books
Recommended to Kelsey by: Goodreads
--Just a caution: this review has a couple of less-than-polite words in it. If you don't want to see them, you probably shouldn't read this... and you probably shouldn't read The Shamer's Daughter, either.--

I wasn't sure about The Shamer's Daughter when I decided to purchase it (something I hardly ever do without reading the book first), but it sounded interesting and GR seemed to think I would like it, so I took a chance, and I'm glad I did.

The things I liked:

1) The concept of "Shamer's Eyes."
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Robin
How did this book get past me when it was first published? The premise is described in the trailer for the novel: Dina is the daughter of the Village Shamer, a woman who can read the truth in people through looking at their eyes. Quite literally, when you are looking into her eyes, you are rendered incapable of lying, and she can see how you really think, feel, and behave, even in your most private moments. This makes her very useful for law enforcement, obviously, but also tremendously unpopula ...more
Maria Estrada
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I enjoyed the depiction of magical realism, magic, and dragons. The unique use of dragons in the story got me hooked. Dina as a strong protagonist is a true joy, and the world Kaaberbøl has created was masterfully crafted. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with Dina (and Nico), and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It has been a long time, since I have enjoyed binge reading a book and look forward to getting the rest of Kaaberbøl’s books. I am passing t ...more
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Πέρασα δύο πολύ ευχάριστα απογεύματα μαζί του.

Το πολύ θετικό είναι πως, αν και είναι κυρίως young adult βιβλίο, που ανήκει ξεκάθαρα στα fantasy, μέσα του κρύβονται και πολλά ενδιαφέροντα κοινωνικά μηνύματα και προβληματισμοί. Νομίζω ότι έτσι γίνεται ''για όλα τα γούστα''.

Βασικό: Άρεσε εξίσου (ίσως και περισσότερο) στη 13χρονη ανιψιά μου, από την οποία και το ''τσίμπησα!''
Trish
Jan 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah picked this book out and I decided to read it since she didn't. I knew I could read it in less than a day and then tell her if it was worth it or not. Now I know that she would most likely enjoy it. I'm glad that here is a new series for her to read... anything to get her head out of Eragon yet again.

What I like about the book is how the reader grows with the characters. In the beginning, there's so much mystery and childlike innocence about the world and not knowing what is going on. As t
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Sabrina
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dette er vel en af den slags bøger, man bare skal have læst når man elsker at læse, og godt kan lide fantasy. Derfor skammer (Hehe) jeg mig også en lille smule over, at jeg aldrig har læst den før nu. Men det er der blevet rådet bod på nu.
Jeg ved slet ikke hvor jeg skal starte eller hvad jeg skal sige. Der er ikke så meget andet at sige end at jeg elsker den! Den overgik klart mine forventninger, som jeg havde fået bygget op, fordi den er så populær og omtalt.
Jeg kan rigtig godt lide Dina, hun b
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Stine Holt
Et kærkomment gensyn med Dina. Jeg var en smule ængstelig for, om jeg mon havde ophøjet bogen siden jeg læste den, da den udkom for 15 år siden, men mine anelser havde heldigvis ingen belæg. Jeg nød at høre Kaaberbøl læse op, og tiden fløj afsted med hendes stemme i mine ører.
Ylva
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hade jag läst denna som 12-åring hade jag avlidit av den litterära upplevelsen 🙏🙏
Julie
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very surprised by how good this book was, I expected kind of cheesy children fantasy but it seriously delivered a first class medieval fantasy, with a pretty unique plot and good characters.
It was easy to read and was surprisingly entertaining throughout the entire book. I am very excited to read the last three books in the series.
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Therese
You know it's a good weekend when you get to reread one of your all time favorite books, and in danish! Going into this I was afraid my danish would be rusty, but there was no problem. I'm actually more nervous to read the other books in the series in nynorsk (a type of norwegian), which is the language I have the two last books in.

This book, and this series in general, is amazing. I never get tired of it, and I always find myself coming back to it. It's fantasy and it has dragons, what more cou
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Frederikke
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like any other fantasy loving danish girl, have I read this book when I was younger and loved the story like almost no other book. I guess I was around the protagonist's age (Dina) when I read it the first time (9 years old, I think) and just like with the Harry Potter series, Dina have grown up with me.

Again like Harry Potter, I feel like you never can get too old to read The Shamer's daughter. Of course it may seem weird to be listening to a 9-years old girl, but it's just like re-reading
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Lauretta Drake
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would be the very first book that I considered one of my all time favourites. It was the title that caught my attention, 'The Shamer's Daughter'. The very concept of a shamer, a person with the ability to make someone feel ashamed of their wrongdoings with only a look, was appealing to me. I admit, I derived a ton of satisfaction whenever someone was brought to tears from that look. Opening the book with such a scene was brilliant.
The plot line was simple, not an epic as one would expect w
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Jill
This is the first in an entertaining fantasy series. The premise of the book includes a woman, called the Shamer, and her daughter, who shares her unusual ability. Their ability is powerful and makes many people unwilling or unable to befriend them. Their power is that they can see into a person's conscience just by looking into their eyes. They cause people to feel guilt for thier wrongs and can tell if someone is lying or being honest. Because almost everyone has something in their past that t ...more
Leah
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
YA fantasy set in a medieval-esque world where Shamer's can read people's minds to uncover any shame and discover their truths and lies. The protagonist, Dina, is an 11-year-old girl, the Shamer's daughter, described as lacking prettiness who has no friends as a result of her abilities, even though she's only just coming into her gift.

Dina used her brains and bravery on the quest, and she wasn't afraid to trust her instincts. No romance or love triangle in the future, but that could change depen
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Leonie
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leonie by: Josefine Palmgren
Under de två dagarna det tog att läsa ut boken har mina kompisar frågat "hur är det med dig? Du är väldigt tyst". Jag svarade "Joo, jag kan inte sluta tänka på boken jag läser nu."
När sambon frågar om vi ska hitta på något svarar jag att jag hellre sitter och läser - jag vill bara veta hur det går för dem. Jag blev verkligen överraskad av hur snabbt boken sög in en och behöll mig i sitt grepp. Den består av 80 % klyschor som gör att världen känns väldigt hemma och mysig, men den sista delen mys
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rosamund
11-year-old Dina has the power to see a person's darkest secrets, and make them aware of their guilt and shame. Because of this, other children bully her and adults avoid her. Her life is brought into peril when she and her mother are called to cross-examine a man and determine whether he is guilty of murder. This pacy novel is gripping and readable, and full of details that ground it in real life -- the claustrophobia of a walled town, the cold of a prison cell, the feeling of riding side-saddl ...more
Jacqueline Allan
I absolutely loved this book. The way it was written made everything come to light!! Characterisation was wonderful, I felt like I knew them all. Very unusual story but one I look forward to reading the next instalment of.
An Illiterate Reader
Hold da op, det tog lang tid for mig at læse denne. Idéen var at læse den op til gallapræmieren af Skammerens Datter 2, men sådan blev det ikke.

Den var sikkert bedre, hvis man læste den uden flere ugers mellemrum!
Belinda
4,75 stars - English hardcover - I have Dyslexia -
Found a note in a notebook about this novel : Dina has a gift. Like her mother, a gift she does not want. Was in the story in a second and could not put the book down until it was finished. Go Dina! 🦋🍀🌸🌼
Lise
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! (read a little, mostly read to me by Ella<3)
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Πρέπει να έχει περάσει τουλάχιστον ένας χρόνος από τότε που η καλή μου φίλη Αργυρώ μου πρότεινε να διαβάσω την τετραλογία της "Αισχύντρα", πιστεύοντας ότι είναι κάτι εντελώς διαφορετικό απ' όσα έχουμε διαβάσει το τελευταίο διάστημα στη λογοτεχνία του φανταστικού, κάτι που κάνει τη διαφορά, έστω κι αν δεν στέκεται ικανό να σε εντυπωσιάσει από το πρώτο κι όλας βιβλίο. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι είχα κάποιο δισταγμό και ο λόγος δεν είναι άλλος από το ότι για μια ακόμη φορά, το βιβλίο βρισκόταν στο παιδικό ...more
Floreana
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3,5

Tenía muchas ganas de leer algo de Lene desde que leí allá por el 2012 El portal de la sombra. En su momento la novela me deslumbró por completo, y no podía esperar a leer algo más de esta autora. Hace dos años contacté con la editorial Pictus para colaborar con ellos, y me dieron este (entre otros libros). Yo, desastre que soy, lo leí recién ahora - y estoy muy contenta de haberlo hecho.

Al principio no me convencía mucho. Todo pasaba demasiado rápido, dos segundos juntos y ya dábamos nuest
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