Sonderbooks Book Reviews by Sondra Eklund

Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005
Buy from

Rate this Book

Sonderbooks 102
     Previous Book
     Next Book

Young Adult Fiction
        Previous Book
        Next Book

Children's Nonfiction
Children's Fiction
Picture Books

2005 Stand-outs
    Previous Book
    Next Book

2004 Stand-outs
2003 Stand-outs
2002 Stand-outs
2001 Stand-outs

Five-Star Books
Four-Star Books
    Previous Book
    Next Book

Old Favorites
Back Issues
List of Reviews by Title
List of Reviews by Author

Why Read?
Children and Books
Links For Book Lovers
Book Discussion Forum

About Me 
Contact Me 
Make a Donation

I don't review books I don't like!

*****= An all-time favorite
****  = Outstanding
***    = Above average
**      = Enjoyable
*        = Good, with reservations


****The Shamer's Signet

Book Two of the Shamer Chronicles

by Lene Kaaberbol

Reviewed October 31, 2005.
Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2005.  Originally published in Denmark in 2001.  314 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN F KAA).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#5, Young Adult Fantasy Fiction)

Dina’s mother is a Shamer.  She can look someone in the eye and tell their deepest secrets.  Criminals cannot help but confess.  Dina has inherited the Shamer’s gift and is acting as her mother’s apprentice.

In The Shamer’s Daughter, they were captured by Drakar the Dragon Lord, a man with no conscience, who could look a Shamer in the eye unmoved.  They escaped him and now live in the Highlands.  But they still are not safe.

Drakar is taking over more and more cities and burning the Shamers there, calling them witches.  Now he is using trickery to try to capture Dina and her mother, and to stir up trouble in the Highlands.

This book doesn’t let the tension up for a moment.  But the book is more than just plot—the author explores what it would feel like if no one were willing to look you in the eye, if you could see the evil in a person’s heart.  She also gives much of the story to Davin, Dina’s brother, and explores the struggles that come from trying to be a man and defend his mother and sister, and not being able to look them in the eye if he lets them down.

When I was in England six months ago, I found a book by Lene Kaaberbol and thought it was the sequel to The Shamer’s Daughter.  It turned out that it was the fourth book in the series.  I’m delighted that it continues to so many books, but I hope they will publish Book Three in America very soon!

Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

-top of page-