Review: The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol

The Shamer’s Daughter
Author: Lene Kaaberbol
Series: The Shamer’s Chronicle #1
Publication Date: 4th July 2019 (new edition, original published earlier)
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Rating: ★★★☆☆
*Finished copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

The first step into the thrilling middle grade fantasy world of The Shamer Chronicles.

Dina has inherited her mother’s gift: she is a Shamer, able to see a person’s most guilty secrets just by gazing in their eyes. But sometimes her gift feels more like a curse. Nobody seems to want a friend who can see their deepest shame.

But when Dina’s mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a terrible crime, Dina must come to terms with her power, and quickly – or let her mother fall prey to the vicious dragons of Dunark.

This book series leans more toward middle grade than YA, although I think readers of YA could still enjoy it as it’s quite a fun and engaging read. Maybe the later books change a bit but I think this series so far could best be described as Game of Thrones but for children. Mostly because the main character Dina, kind of reminds me of Arya Stark.

This story has such an original premise. The creation of a shamer, someone who can reveal someone’s biggest shame and darkest secrets is such an original idea that I hadn’t seen elsewhere before. The way in which Dina has to learn to deal with both the good and bad sides of this gift makes quite an interesting read.

The story itself was a pretty good read, focusing on Dina and her time at Dunark Castle. Including being bitten by a dragon and uncovering the true perpetrator of a murder. While some of the topics may be somewhat unsuitable for super young readers it should be fine for anyone over the age of ten.

Not sure I’ve I’m going to continue with this series but I’d definitely recommend it for readers in the 9-14 age group.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think about The Shamer’s Daughter in the comments.

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