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 Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone's eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship.But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a bloody triple murder, Dina must come to ter Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone's eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship.But when her mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a bloody triple murder, Dina must come to terms with her power--or let her mother fall prey to the vicious and revolting dragons of Dunark....

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ISBN : 9781417769193
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Number of Pages : 235 Pages
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The Shamer's Daughter Reviews

  • Katrine B.
    2019-06-01 08:02

    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 existence. I just had to finish it - had to know what else was going to happen.I've read it several times afterwards and it's only made it better. Even though it's a child's book and I feel to old to read it again I actually considered to borrow it yesterday.Ok, well. This book is pretty amazing. Even though it's a child's book (or YA, some might say) I think it has a great vocabulary and language. I most certainly learned some new words when I read it - And this is the book that made me want to write. It's not predictable at all and the creativity Lene Kaaberboel was in possession of when she wrote this is remarkable. It really is a true fantasy - and not the same kind you see today where every fantasy is filled with vampires and love. *SPOILER*The dragons and Dina's ability to see other's shame really caught me up. When Dina's is captured by Drakan I felt so sorry for her and angry with Drakan.I like all of the characters - especially Nico, who is supposed to be the hero, but still is very realistic and has flaws like everybody else. I would recommend this book to every fantasy-lover out there. Children, teenagers and grown ups - be enlightened by this book!(NOTE: English is not my 1st language. I do my best - please don't comment it.)

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-05-29 06:48

    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 power of The Look when we are children, from the receiving end. My mother was a master at it. Exceedingly few of my childhood crimes went undetected -- she could always look right through me when she wanted to. And when she scolded me, she would always insist that I look her in the eye. 'Look at me!' she would snap, as if that was part of the punishment. 'Look at me when I'm talking to you!'" ~Lene KaaberbolThe idea of "Shamer's" caught my attention. The author didn't stress any magic in her book, rather saying Shamers had a "gift". Of course there are dragons, sword fights, beatings, excitement and danger -- all written, in my opinion, in an engaging style. The first paragraph had a hook. I wanted to know what happened and that surprised me. I had never heard of this series before and I was very sceptical. But I can truthfully say I was impressed with the book. Other than that, this book gave me a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it. It wasn't dauntingly thick, the view of first-person made it easy to read and the story-line moved along fast.

  • K
    2019-06-08 10:11

    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 anyone and know all their secrets, and who can make them feel all their shame. She's inherited her mother's powers, and as such she has no friends other than her sometimes insufferable family. Things are pretty okay at the outset of the book, then things start to go wrong and Dina finds herself caught in the midst of a gruesome murder and politics and also dragons. The story flows well, and is evenly-paced and interesting, though there's a lot of the characters sitting around and doing nothing. A fair amount of conflict is generated by Dina just kind of being an idiot, which is fair enough since she's a really scared ten-year-old, but is frustrating anyway.Dina herself is likable in some ways, but she's wise beyond her years which sometimes makes her feel less like a character and more like the author's mouthpiece. I failed to connect with any of the characters who peppered the story, though they were unique enough. I think part of the problem with the narrative was its brevity; Dina spent far too much time alone in her own head for me to get any feel for the secondary characters, and Dina herself was a rather flat character. I do think there's plenty of room for growth in the sequels, so I have hope.The book does throw around a fair amount of gendered slurs which is pretty jarring in a book that reads like it's intended for children. I probably wouldn't mind so much if words other than "bitch" or "slut" were being used, but they aren't and that makes me, as an adult reader, pretty uncomfortable. I also found Dina's blaming of spoiled Cilla for her misfortunes pretty irritating. It's partially excusable because she's obviously an upset child and it's maybe meant as a flaw but really, can we blame the ruthless male antagonist for the stuff that is actually his fault and not a child? There's nothing in the book that really made me go "wow, that was gross" but there was an overall sense of unease with the way certain events were handled.Still, the book was fun enough and I'll be picking up the sequels from the library. Hopefully some of my issues with The Shamer's Daughter will be ameliorated as Dina grows as a character and the series grows more complex.

  • Nikoleta
    2019-06-09 08:59

    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, έχει μία δύναμη η οποία, σε κάνει να κοιτάζεις μέσα σου κ να βλέπεις αυτό που είσαι πραγματικά, δεν είναι τυχαίο ότι στο βιβλίο όλοι όσοι κοιτούσαν αυτό τον ύπουλο καθρέφτη ένιωθαν –τουλάχιστον- το αίσθημα της ντροπής…Αυτή είναι κ η ενήλικη σκληρότητα του βιβλίου, κ αυτό είναι το δεδομένο που με κάνει να αναρωτιέμαι πόσο παιδικό θα μπορούσε να είναι ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο; Πόσα θα μπορούσε να κατανοήσει ένα παιδί για ενοχές και επαίσχυντη ντροπή κ πόσο θα το έκανε να προβληματιστεί εν τέλει; Μου άρεσε; Δεν μου άρεσε; Ακόμα δεν το έχω ξεκαθαρίσει μέσα μου. Αν μη τι άλλο, όμως, είναι ένα ξεχωριστό βιβλίο.

  • Canni
    2019-06-13 10:46

    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 en verden, som på én måde minder om en middelalderlig tid, men som på den anden er noget af en anden verden! Jeg har været fan af Lene Kaaberbøl næsten siden jeg kunne læse og Skammerens Datter gik lige ind hos mig.Strengt taget var det vel ikke Cillas skyld, at jeg blev bidt i armen af den drage. Det er nok bare en tilfældighed, at hun bestemte sig for at smide en spand vallei hovedet på mig, netop den dag manden fra Dunark kom. Men hver gang min venstre arm gør ondt ... hver gang jeg savner Lindehuset og pæretræerne og hønsene vi havde dér ... så bliver jeg gal på Cilla én gang til. At starte en bog sådan her er efter min mening fuldstændig genialt! Man lover læseren en drage i første linje, selvom de først dukker op i kapitel 4 og selve biddet faktisk ikke finder sted før et sted i kapitel 11. Men man pirrer nysgerrigheden med det samme og det kan jeg kun sige er en stor fordel! Èn, jeg faktisk ikke husker at have set nogen gøre Kaaberbøl det efter. Sproget er fantastisk, helt igennem. Man føler virkelig, at man sidder foran den knapt 11 årige, besynderlige pige, med en personlighed så stærk, at den skinner igennem siderne. Man ser hende lyslevende foran sig hele tiden, sammen med alle de billeder, hun fortæller om. Lene Kaaberbøl forstår at skabe stolthed og styrke i en person, som er plaget mest af afmagt og ensomhed i begyndelsen. Hun ser ikke sine øjne som en gave, men som en forbandelse. Hun har ingen venner og ingen i landsbyen, hvor de bor vil se hende i øjnene. Så er det svært at være normal, når man er 11 og alt man ønsker er at passe ind. Alle karakterne i Skammerens Datter er gennemtænkte, godt beskrevne og de bærer alle historien videre. En personlig favorit er Nicodemus Ravens, som er arving til fyrstetronen i Dunark. Han er en person som man hurtigt får stor medfølelse med. Han er stadig bare en stor dreng, men bliver behandlet som den værste forbryder og ødelagt. Mere indeni end udenpå velsagtens. Men hans personlighed skinner alligevel igennem og jeg kom personligt til at holde mere og mere af ham, jo mere jeg læste! Kunne nævne en hel bunke andre som er fantastiske: Melussina, Mester Magnus, Melli, Drakan og Rosa er bare nogle af dem. Denne bog er et must for enhver fantasy elsker!

  • Anna
    2019-06-03 12:07

    For dansk anmeldelse, følg link time read: aug 2012Fourth time read: 2. September - 9th of September

  • Robin
    2019-06-17 05:06

    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 unpopular in social settings for equally obvious reasons. Our heroine, the daughter, has inherited the gift herself, though at the beginning of the novel it sure does not FEEL like a gift to her. Hard to have friends and be part of the group when you have this "gift." This book has many things I liked: a realistic setting (medieval-ish, and maybe somewhere rather like northern England or Scotland in, say, the 1100s or so?) and a likable heroine who is NOT perfect. Then there's mystery, and people striving for power, and real dragons who are nasty and relentlessly awful, and a hero boy (Nico) who is also likable and flawed and who (for once) does NOT save the day for the girl. In fact, at one point, she rescues him. A little politics, some nasty fighting, a close-to-dying experience or two, and a bit of female friendship, and this book has everything a middle school kid, (male or female) might want. Loved that this did not end on a rosey happy syrupy sweet note. I was amazed to find that this was originally written in Danish, and translated into English: nicely done! It flows beautifully. Note to parents: there are a handful of words that some might find offensive, such as slut and whore. They are used by nasty people behaving in mean ways, and are clearly not encouraged to be used by the readers. But they are in there. Also, the villain is a true sociopath and his mother, Lady Death, creeped me out. But their motivation for what they do in the book is utterly realistic and believable. I found the mother to be a character truly worth emulating: honest even when it may cost not only her own life but her child's as well, and truly not interested in what other people think of her. Dina begins to see this as the book progresses, and also finds that the burdonsome gift she has inherited might also be a blessing as well. The Widow Petri is much the same way: good to the core, and mature. I'm just amazed I did not brush up against this series before now, as it was published in 2002. Looking forward to finding the sequels.

  • Kelsey
    2019-06-05 08:47

    --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." This wasn't something that I'd seen before, and I thought it was a really neat idea, to be able to look into someone's eyes and force him or her to think about the things of which he or she is ashamed.2) The fact that Dina already knows about her gift at the beginning of the story. As an HP fan, I'm not opposed to the "young person finds out he/she has supernatural powers" plot line, but it's nice to bypass the "big reveal" and get straight into the story from time to time.3) The description, especially of places--I found that I could easily picture Dina's surroundings in my mind.4) Kaaberbol doesn't shy away from "icky" things like blood, pus, urine, and vomit. I find that children's authors tend to gloss over or completely ignore these aspects of human life, and it often makes no sense, considering that many children's fantasy stories are set in Middle Ages-esque villages and castles, which (gasp) didn't have indoor plumbing, and in which people (gasp) slaughtered animals and (gasp) didn't necessarily have nice manners. Kaaberbol's characters bleed, pee, and puke, and it makes them seem more human.5) The relationship between Dina and (view spoiler)[Rose, in which Dina uses her power to make Rose see that she is not to be ashamed of herself because of the troubles she has been dealt in life (hide spoiler)]. I found it especially touching when (view spoiler)[Rose asked Dina to look at her in order to make her (Rose) feel that she was brave enough to escape Dunark and her troubled life there (hide spoiler)]. I thought it added a nice level of depth to Dina's character, and it makes you wonder if Dina's mother ever used her power the same way, and if she even knows that it's possible. It hints that Dina may have more command of her Shamer's eyes than her skilled mother even does, and I hope that I get a glimpse of a grown-up Dina in full command of her power later in the series.6) Strong female characters who are treated the same as their male counterparts are always a plus, and The Shamer's Daughter has its share. What I really liked is that this story manages to have a strong female lead but not stray into "Rah-rah girl power" territory. Females have weapons; females are expected to do difficult and dirty work; females don't gasp and shriek at the sight of blood; females are intelligent, but you don't get the sense that this is supposed to be an extraordinary thing. Dina doesn't go through any type of "transformation" from ignorant, innocent farm girl to brave, my-gender-be-damned warrior--you just get the sense that she was, is, and will always be Dina, and that it's never occurred to her to do or not do certain things because she's a girl. That's the best kind of "girl power," in my opinion--not giving girls the sense that being brave, smart, and capable requires some kind of extraordinary effort to be "different" from other girls, but the sense that girls just are all of those things and more.The things I liked less:1) The uncomfortable insertion of the word "slut" into a children's book. I feel like this was probably just the result of translation, but I was kind of taken aback during the scene in which one of the characters says it. I mean, the scene isn't a nice one, and yes, one would imagine that that kind of language would be used, but here we are, in a book that doesn't even use words like "crap," which I believe most people find less offensive than "slut," and suddenly one of the characters busts out with "slut." I'm not prudish about language, and I don't advocate withholding books from children because they use "bad words," but I can see how unwary parents might skim through this book, find the overall language acceptable for their children, and then be shocked when one of their children comes up to them and asks what a slut is, or, worse, suddenly yells it on the playground. So, overall, this book is a nice one for kids, but be prepared to have a discussion about why we don't use that word in polite company if you're intending to give the book to a child.2) Dina's somewhat unrealistic tendency to trust people. Yes, she's a little girl, but after some of the things that have happened to her, you would think she would need a little bit more to go on than, "I just felt like I could trust so-and-so." I mean, (view spoiler)[she is essentially kidnapped by Drakan right after she learns that he can look into her eyes. Clearly, there are bad people out there who are so evil that they have no conscience and can resist Shamer's eyes. Then, when she's thrown into a cell with Nico, she trusts him because her mother, with her Shamer's eyes, says that he is innocent. Have we not just established that Shamer's eyes aren't infallible? (hide spoiler)] It just seems like Dina, who really ought to know from the beginning that people who seem nice can do some really evil things, takes some pretty hard knocks and yet goes on trusting people, and not all of that can be readily ascribed to the fact that she's just a child.3) The pacing of the story is pretty fast and the dialogue is pretty simple, which is to be expected in a children's book. This isn't exactly a criticism, then, but more of a caution for adult readers just coming to the series. Things are going to move right along, the dialogue is going to be straightforward, and the important parts of the story are going to be a touch predictable. Your heart probably isn't going to pound with the suspense of it all, because you have a sense of what will and won't happen in a children's book. That said, it's still interesting, and, like I mentioned earlier, it doesn't gloss over the "icky" parts, so it's a bit more PG than your average children's story.Overall, I would recommend this story to kids and adults alike, and I intend to either find or purchase the rest of the series (which seems to be a bit hard to find... what a--ha, ha--shame).

  • Trish
    2019-06-08 07:13

    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 the story progresses, the characters find in themselves the ability to overcome their weaknesses and their weaknesses turn out to be their strengths.The only flaws I noticed about the book is the use of the word "pee". It's supposed to be set in some kind of medieval time with knights and castles and then the word appears and throws you back on your couch in the real world. It's good, however, for comic relief. Also, I noticed that having the main character pass out from exhaustion or illness is a good way to move the time line of the story along. Not a bad way to avoid the dreary details of getting from one setting to the next.The biggest message of the book is probably the importance of truth, trust and friendship. Everyone wants to know the truth, to know they can trust another person, and to have friends. It makes betrayal all the more a grievous sin and the lack of conscience all the more evil.I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series because the first book was like Chapter 1 for me. Also interesting to note that English is not the author's first language -- I couldn't tell.

  • Sabrina
    2019-05-28 08:08

    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 bliver kastet ud i en farefuld handling, selvom hun overhovedet ikke har lyst. Men hun manner sig op, og får tingene gjort, for at redde sin mor. Der er flere steder i bogen, hvor jeg har utrolig ondt af hende, hun er jo ikke mere end ti år gammel! Dragerne! Åh ja drager! Jeg elsker dragerne. De er tilpas uhyggelige og klamme, og jeg kan nemt forestille mig dem.Skrivestilen er rigtig god, den er let og flydende, og gør at man bare flyver igennem bogens handling.Og så igen, hele det miljø bogens handling foregår i, er lige mig, jeg elsker den type bøger!Lige nu sidder jeg bare og ærgre mig gul og grøn over at jeg ikke har de næste bind i serien!Men der er vel ikke så meget mere at sige, end at få læst bogen, hvis I endnu ikke har gjort det. Den er fantastisk!

  • Stine Holt
    2019-05-19 12:50

    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.

  • Bookbuyer
    2019-05-17 12:54

    I can't exactly remember how much I liked or disliked this book way back when. But I think I remember liking more than I did this time. That could be in part due to the fact that it is more of a middle grade book that YA. I don't know if I really connected with Dina as a character. The book was a bit too short for me to feel any real connection. But I did however connect with her plight. To feel ostracized by her peers because of something that was not in her control is heartbreaking to me. I know that it can make a person stronger but it can leave soft spots in the harder heart that hurt all the more when poked. There wasn't a huge cast of characters which was both a relief and a bit more boring than usual. If this were more of a true YA there would be even the slightest hint of romance in it. But there was no one around her age that was the right sex( I guess she could be a lesbian, and therefore Rose would be an age appropriate romantic interest but that doesn't ring a bell for me and doesn't seem likely with what I've read. The Nico doesn't seem to likely either although he is at least in the running even though he is 6 years older than her. I've read books with bigger gaps.)I enjoyed the premise of this book more than the plot. I find the idea of a power that can instantly shame someone intriguing. But also perhaps not a power many would want to be blessed with as is the case initially with Dina.I also enjoyed the bits about dragons but I prefer my dragons as less creature/beast like and if not almost human than at least more intelligent. The author however did a fantastic job of writing some truly evil villains. I can't believe that Draken (I might have gotten this name wrong. I can't believe how bad my memory for names is!) could kill a child, much less almost his whole 'family' simply for power. Well actually I can believe it, I just can't understand it. -.-His mother is no saint either. Can I say b*tchy ice dragoness. lol.Overall it was not that great of a book but with the premise and some other promising bits I'm hopeful of finding the second book and continuing on this journey. ^-^

  • Therese
    2019-06-06 11:02

    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 could a girl want? Oh yeah, that's right. I known what more a girl could want. The most amazing character of all time, Nicodemus Ravens. I'm not gonna say too much about him because I'll probably spoil something, but I've loved him since I first read this book and I will love him until I die. I would probably devote my life to him, and die for him if I had to. I'm not in love with him, like I am with so many other guy characters (hehe), but he's just such a well written, flawed, fleshed out and complex character. And another thing that makes him my favorite of all time, is simply that he hits so many of my favorite character tropes, and so many of the situations he finds himself in hits my favorite "situation tropes". How could it get better?It can. Because this book has Dina and Rosa, two of the most badass young girls in fantasy fiction. They're only ten years old, but they're brave and skilled, while still remaining believable as actual ten year olds. They have an amazing friendship, so if you're looking for a fantasy book with a lot of good friendships, especially between girls, this is the one for you. The series also contains some romance later in in the book.At times it is very dark for a children/early young adult fantasy book, with subtle mentions of prostitution and not-so subtle child abuse. It makes for a very good read for both children and older people.I could rant about this book all day, but I won't, so just pick it up and read it yourself.

  • Frederikke
    2019-05-26 11:53

    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 The Philosophers Stone, you quickly get used to the much younger protagonist. I have read some of the other reviews, and noticed how especially the American reviewers notice the swearing when reading it, and I guess that is one difference between the US and Europe or at least Scandinavia, because I have never heard a Dane mention it. I find it very authentic that kids would be swearing and hear swear words often in the middle ages and when the plot is set in a kind of middle age setting, I find it a bit strange that people seems to mind. Children are capable of reading swear words without beginning to use them.But all in all should any girl in any age find suspense and humoring in Lene Kaaberbøl's fantastic novel.

  • Lauretta Drake
    2019-05-26 11:55

    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 with a good story, but it was riveting nonetheless. Dragons were depicted as ferocious beasts with poisonous bites, unable to talk or think rationally as humans do. As much as I enjoy reading about talking magical dragons, this was quite refreshing to me. One thing that did bother me while reading the book was that a few times after the shamer shamed someone it seemed that the victim immediately reverted back to their uncaring state. The effect is only temporary and that frustrates me. I want these people to know what they're doing is wrong and to feel miserable ever doing it again.Despite that it is a book well worth reading. I recommend it as a good first novel for any child.

  • Jill
    2019-06-07 08:58

    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 they are not proud of, there are not many who dare look the shamers in the eye. There is some drama and much action/adventure in this series - I have enjoyed both this and the second book. I have this book on my classroom bookshelf.

  • Leah
    2019-06-06 10:04

    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 depending on how much she ages in the subsequent books of the series. The dragons were serpentine creatures with poisonous fangs and magical blood, and they were kept in a pit and used much like the Rancor monster in Star Wars: Episode VI.Fast-paced with a strong premise and a female hero with promise. Nothing earth-shattering, but fun nonetheless. Recommended to younger readers interested in YA high fantasy.3.5 stars(I may or may not read the next book... just depends on the story's pull after I've let it settle in the background.)

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-05-21 06:54

    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 τμήμα, με χαρακτηρισμό μιας ηλικίας την οποία έχω περάσει προ πολλού. Φυσικά η ταξινόμηση αυτή έχει αποδειχτεί και στο παρελθόν ηλίθια οπότε και τελικά το τόλμησα κι ενώ δεν θα μπορούσα να πω ότι ενθουσιάστηκα, μπορώ με βεβαιότητα να πω ότι γνώρισα έναν πολύ ενδιαφέρον χαρακτήρα της λογοτεχνίας του φανταστικού, ξεχωριστό και ιδιαίτερο.Η πρωταγωνίστρια της ιστορίας μας είναι η Ντίνα, ένα δεκάχρονο κορίτσι, το οποίο κατοικεί σε ένα χωριό μαζί με την μητέρα, τον μεγαλύτερο αδερφό και τη μικρότερη αδερφή της. Ο ακριβής τόπος και χρόνος, είναι δύο έννοιες που δεν μπορούμε να προσδιορίσουμε και αυτό είναι κατά παράδοξο τρόπο ένα από τα πρώτα θετικά στοιχεία της ιστορίας καθώς, μας παρασύρουν στο άγνωστο χωρίς να ζητάμε περισσότερες διευκρινήσεις από αυτές που είναι απαραίτητες για να κατανοήσουμε την εξέλιξη των πραγμάτων. Η Ντίνα ζει μια παιδική ηλικία η οποία κάθε άλλο παρά εύκολη είναι και που πολύ λιγότερο διακρίνεται για τις κοινωνικές της σχέσεις. Φυσικά αυτό δεν είναι επιλογή της ίδιας αλλά, του κόσμου που ζει γύρω της καθώς, δεν φτάνει που είναι ένα από τα μπάσταρδα παιδιά μιας γυναίκας που κανείς δεν ξέρει καν αν έχουν τον ίδιο πατέρα αλλά, ακόμα χειρότερα, είναι η κόρη της Αισχύντρα και μάλιστα, έχει κληρονομήσει το χάρισμά της, ένα χάρισμα που η ίδια η μικρή θεωρεί περισσότερο κατάρα καθώς την καταδικάζει σε μια μοναχική ζωή, πολύ διαφορετική από αυτήν που θα ήθελε να ζει.Βρίσκω πολύ λογικό να αναρωτιέστε τι στο καλό σημαίνει ο χαρακτηρισμός, Αισχύντρα. Δεν σας αδικώ καθότι την ίδια απορία είχα κι εγώ πριν καλά-καλά ξεκινήσω την ανάγνωση του βιβλίου. Η λέξη Αισχύντρα δεν υπάρχει σε κανένα επίσημο λεξικό, είναι δημιούργημα της συγγραφέως και στην προκειμένη περίπτωση, μεταφραστικό δημιούργημα του κύριου Γλυνάτση Θέμελη ο οποίος και μετέφρασε το εν λόγω βιβλίο. Η Αισχύντρα λοιπόν είναι μια γυναίκα που κατέχει ένα πολύ ξεχωριστό χάρισμα. Με τη σωστή χρήση της φωνής της, μπορεί να αναγκάσει οποιονδήποτε να την κοιτάξει στα μάτια, χρησιμοποιώντας τη δύναμη του βλέμματός της η οποία και κάνει κάθε άτυχο που θα το συναντήσει, να δει βαθιά μέσα του όλα εκείνα τα πράγματα τα οποία έχει κάνει και αισθάνεται κατά βάθος ντροπή, είτε προσπαθεί να την κρύψει είτε όχι, εξωτερικεύοντάς την προκειμένου να φτάσουμε στην παραδοχή της. Φυσικά αυτό είναι κάτι που κανείς από τους εμπλεκόμενους δεν ευχαριστίεται, πόσο μάλλον το 'θύμα' της ντροπής. Οι άνθρωποι άλλωστε από τη φύση τους δεν μπορούν να δεχτούν εύκολα ότι δεν καταλαβαίνουν, πόσο μάλλον όταν αυτό το κάτι μπορεί να τους εκθέσει.Μπορεί λοιπόν η Ντίνα να μην εκτιμάει το χάρισμα που κληρονόμησε ωστόσο, είναι πολλοί εκείνοι που καταφεύγουν στην Αισχύντρα προκειμένου να αποδοθεί δικαιοσύνη, ακόμα και σε εγκλήματα. Όταν ένα στυγερό έγκλημα απαιτεί την παρουσία της μητέρας της, γίνεται το πρώτο βήμα για να αλλάξει η ζωή της όπως την ήξερε. Η μικρή Ντίνα δεν θα πρέπει απλά να αποδεχτεί το χάρισμά της αλλά, να βοηθήσει τη μητέρα της, η οποία βρίσκεται ξαφνικά στα χέρια ανθρώπων που δεν θα διστάσουν να την βλάψουν προκειμένου να εξυπηρετήσουν τον σκοπό τους αλλά, και να βοηθήσει παράλληλα έναν άνθρωπο ο οποίος, όσο κι αν τα γεγονότα δείχνουν το αντίθετο, έχει φορτωθεί το βάρος ενός εγκλήματος που δεν διέπραξε προκειμένου να ταπεινωθεί στα μάτια ενός ολόκληρου λαού, βοηθώντας έτσι όσου κινούνται μοχθηρά στις σκιές να ανέβουν στην εξουσία δημιουργώντας μια νέα τάξη πραγμάτων. Κι εδώ λοιπόν τίθεται άλλο ένα ενδιαφέρον χαρακτηριστικό της ιστορίας. Το ζήτημα της ηθικής, εκείνο που μας υπαγορεύει αν θα πράξουμε προς όφελός μας ή προς όφελος της δικαιοσύνης ακόμα κι αν κινδυνέψουμε να χάσουμε πολύτιμα για εμάς πράγματα.Η Lene Kaaberbol δημιουργεί έναν φανταστικό κόσμο όπου δοξασίες, μαγεία, ιδιαίτερα χαρίσματα, δράκοι, συνωμοσίες και σκοτεινά μυστικά μπλέκονται σε ένα γαϊτανάκι εκπλήξεων και εξελίξεων που μπορεί στην παρούσα φάση να μην οδηγούν στην κορύφωση παρ' όλα ταύτα, δημιουργούν υψηλές προσδοκίες για το μέλλον. Η δράση είναι ικανοποιητική, η ροή των γεγονότων είναι γρήγορη και ξεκούραστη και όλα αυτά συνηγορούν στο να φτάσουμε στην τελευταία σελίδα του βιβλίου χωρίς καν να το καταλάβουμε. Το σύμπαν που ξεκινά να πλάθει η συγγραφέας είναι λίγο ρευστό αλλά αυτό είναι κάτι που μπορεί να δικαιολογηθεί ως έναν βαθμό από τον περιορισμένο χώρο δράσης καθώς και από το ότι έχει δώσει μεγαλύτερη έμφαση στην ουσία των χαρακτήρων, η οποία μας συγκινεί και μας προσεγγίζει με μεγάλη ευκολία, παρά στο φαίνεσθαι που τους περιβάλλει. Η μικρή Ντίνα είναι πραγματικά ένας γοητευτικός, έξυπνος και στοργικός χαρακτήρας, του οποίου την εξέλιξη ανυπομονώ να δω σύντομα.

  • Floreana
    2019-06-17 06:47

    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 nuestra vida el uno por el otro, cosas así. Encima la protagonista, Dina, tiene diez años, y estaba muy codo codo wink wink con Nico, un sospechado asesino de diecisiete años, y casi me pego un tiro porque me asustó mucho lo que podía pasar entre ellos (¡holaaaa! ya sé que siete años son menos que nada pero!! dina tiene diez!!!!!). Por suerte, no pasó, ya que luego Lene la piloteó bien para mostrarlo como un amor recontra fraternal. Fiuf. Pero bueno, el caso es que todo iba a los pedos y nunca terminaba realmente de conocer a los personajes del todo, y yo soy una maniática y me gusta saber todo de todo, así que ta. Igualmente, después la cosa bajó un poco la mano y, si bien no obtuvimos la profundidad que quería, la cosa se estabilizó y pude disfrutarlo más.Si bien la base de la historia no es original (spoilers: hermano envidioso decide asesinar a todos y echarle la culpa al hermano heredero para así poder hacerse, finalmente, con el trono), todo lo demás lo es: los poderes, los personajes, los pueblos donde tiene lugar, ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡los dragones!!!!!!!!!! Es una lectura súper sencilla y fácil de leer, que de alguna forma extraña te atrapa y hace que la leas en un par de horas. Fue una buena experiencia y, si bien aún no sé si voy a leer las siguientes partes o no, disfruté mucho de esta cuando logré adaptarme a la prosa de Lene. (creo, también, que es un libro más infantil. No estoy segura todavía.)

  • Nina ✿ Looseleaf Reviews ✿
    2019-05-25 10:56

    This review also appears on: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 matter of a royal murder - and the royal family doesn't like when she turns the blame on them.When I picked up The Shamer's Daughter at the library, I didn't know it was targeted at such a young audience. Since the main character is 11, I'm assuming that the target audience is probably 8-12. I can understand a lot of the two-star reviews I'm seeing from fellow adults like myself, but I can see my younger self loving this book.It's one of those YA books that straddles the lines of the genre. There is legitimate danger, graphic descriptions, foul language, and all those edgy things that tweens love to feel mature in reading.However, the reason it wasn't too interesting to me as an adult was how simple characters and relationships were. Everyone Dina met was either a friend or a foe, and once someone was a friend, they were automatically a part of the "hero team" and a main character, no questions asked.Had to give it a three-star since I'm sure younger kids would love it, though it wasn't my cup of tea. I'd suggest passing it on to an advanced young reader who loves fantasy.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-16 07:45

    I remember reading this when I was in school. I still haven't decided if I actually like it or not. It's got some great elements, but I don't love it and I kind of wanted it to be over. I can't remember if I've read the other stories in this series, or not, and I haven't decided if I will read them. Dina's mother is a Shamer. Shamer's can look in someone's eye and show their guilt. This makes them important, but uncomfortable to be around. Dina has inherited this gift and hates it. Dina and her mother are called in to use their special talents on Nico, a man accused of murdering his family. They find him innocent but Draken, the leader, refuses to believe it, and wants to keep them as prisoners. Dina and Nico escape. They have to figure out a way to stay hidden and rescue the Shamer.So, a couple things about it that bug me. 1) Dina is only supposed to be 10. I work with 4th graders (9-10 years old) everyday and I can't imagine any of them acting like Dina. She acts like a teenager. Nico is supposed to be 17 and he often seems younger than her. It bugs me when kids seem to act older than their given ages. 2) ...Actually, that's really the only thing that bugs me. I'm still giving it three stars. I think kids would like it more than adults, but the themes are a little dark. If Dina had been older, I would've liked it even more.

  • Kater Cheek
    2019-06-04 10:51

    My middle-grade daughter really loved this series and told me I had to read it. Let me start off by saying that if I had read this when I were in junior high, I would have adored it. It has everything I loved back then: a magical young girl protagonist, evil knights, cute boys, and dragons. It takes place in a familiar McFantasyland setting, the kind of place I wanted to live when I was younger.These, of course, are all the reasons that I didn't like it that much reading it as an adult. It's not that Dina's adventures weren't interesting, it's that I've read them a hundred times before. The reader I am today thinks that adding dragons to a novel detracts rather than adds to it. I did appreciate the ending, which turned in a different direction from the syrupy one I'd been expecting.If you're 10-14 and think dragons (and other standard fantasy elements) are like bacon in that they make everything better, you will likely agree with my daughter that this series is one you can't miss. If you, like me, are at a more jaded distance from your first forays into fantasy literature, you are likely to find that there isn't enough different about this series to induce you to read it.

  • Sigrid
    2019-05-24 10:02

    Var nå på tide at jeg fikk lest denne, da... Utrolig bra, koste meg godt, så fantastisk å kunne forsvinne inn i en helt annen verden sammen med Dina! :) Må si at jeg ble svært gira på å lese boka fra første setning. Altså, du kan ikke starte en bok med setningen; "Sant å seie var det vel ikkje Cillas skuld at eg vart biten i armen av ein drake." og forvente at jeg ikke vil bli hekta. For her står det i grunnen "denne boka inneholder drager", og det gjør meg svært glad! :D Lenge siden jeg hadde lest fantasy nå, så det føles godt. Ok, mye tilfeldig babling, så for å oppsummere: jeg digget denne boka!

  • Kirsten
    2019-06-02 13:08

    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.

  • V N Lené
    2019-06-02 06:13

    I also loved the movie adaptation im happy with this author who HAPPENS TO HAVE THE SAME NAME AS ME HOW COOL IS THAT

  • Agnieška a.k.a. Gut
    2019-06-03 13:05

    I was about 12 or 13, when I first read this book. Until then I didn't like reading. My opinian was that that reading is boring and supid. I was so damn naive. But then I started this book, mom bought to me first and second parts. And my life completely changed in one night. I just couldn't get enought. I almost "ate" this book and grab second one. I rememeber, how angry was my mom that about 3 or 4am I was still reading and it was school night. I mean, 12-13 year old child should be sleeping at that time. So she make me go to bed and I was almost crying, because I wanted to keep reading. Next day on school I was thinking just about Dina and her world. It fascinated me so much and I start to love reading from frist chapter of first book. It just changed me, my opinion about reading and made fall inlove with fantasy genre :)

  • Kate Hastings
    2019-06-02 11:52

    This was recommended by a teen at our library... and it was REALLY good. So good, that I had to put down Maze Runner to finish it. Now I need to read the sequels!A shamer is someone with the power to make others see all the bad things they have done in their lives by looking into their eyes. Dina and her mother are shamers and live a life of solitude because of their "gift."But shamers are a good thing to have when terrible crimes are committed, and they are called to look into the eyes of a killer. Except that this killer didn't do it. And no amount of looking can make they say otherwise. But the evidence is damning. Who will the townspeople believe? SLJ Grades 6-9

  • Penelope Frost
    2019-06-12 05:12

    I can't say anything negative about the book. In my opinion it couldn't be any better.The first time I read this it was forced in 6th grade(I think - I don't remember) by my Danish teacher. I had a hard time getting into it because it was compulsory reading. In class we were only reading half the book, but my teacher encouraged us to read the rest of it. By then I didn't need any incentive. I had begun reading ahead of the homework and finish a couple of days later and immediately began on the second book.I've borrowed the entire series from the library more times than I remember, and I've often thought to just buy it!Lene Kaaberbøl makes me proud to be a Dane!

  • Lexi
    2019-06-17 07:59

    I never knew I needed this series in my life. I have never heard of this series before, but it reminds me of Tamora Pierce books, and definitely the political and magical elements from Graceling. It has creepy dragons in the background, a young girl who has great powers that she becomes more comfortable with, and the cast of friends she meets along the way are complex, wonderful people. The book definitely had a big cliffhanger, even though it had another chapter that sounded like it was added on by the main character, so I'm excited to read the next installment soon!

  • Maria Elmvang
    2019-06-06 06:52

    A 3.5 star review.I first read this series several years ago, but have been wanting to reread it ever since seeing the musical based upon it last year. The funny thing is the musical was excellent, but the book only so-so... probably because I'm way outside the target age group for it. While well written, it's obviously a childrens' book, and aimed directly at them. It was still reasonably entertaining though, and the sequels are being adapted for stage this autumn, so I think I might as well go ahead with the rest of the series :)