Note: the author is Danish, so the language is a little more edgy than most American authors writing about 10 year olds. Most of it feels natural, though.
Dina has inherited her mothers giftshell be a Shamer when shes of age. This means when she looks someone in the eye, they see all their past crimes and pettiness, thus bringing shame. Its a way to solve crimes and to stop injustices. But it all goes wrong when Dinas mother is called to the castle in Dunark to solve a triple murder, and the she finds the accused innocent. The bastard brother Drakan has taken over and decided the accused (Nico) must die (no matter what the Shamer says), along with the Shamer, her daughter and anyone else who helps Nico, the next in line for the throne. This is a thrilling adventure, and
only book one of a set of chronicles (looking forward to reading the rest!). The characters
are a bit unbelievable, but you like them, and forgive the author for making a 10 year old
feel like shes 16 or 20. It moves quickly, and readers may not be able to figure everything
out before it happens, thus leaving a few surprises.
This book was my favorite book because it had a good plot and very talanted characters! I enjoyed this book so much, because I didn't stop reading it. I just, loved the humor of Rose in this book! I am glad someone other that Dina's family, respects her! I laughed every time I read it!
I would recommend this book to teen fantasy lovers like me, so they can enjoy it as much as I did!
I say, READ THIS BOOK WHEN YOU HAVE THE CHANCE!!!!!!!!!!!
Dina has her mother's gift. She can see the things that people did by looking in their eyes and make them feel ashamed of the bad things that they did. More often than not, Dina thinks that this is a curse. Everybody except for her family shun her, fear her and make fun of her. They call her "the Shamer's Brat" and do mean things to her. One girl threw a bowl of whey in her face just to be mean.
Then trouble starts up. A murder has been committed at a castle and the Shamer(Dina's mom) is called to see if a suspect is guilty. When the Shamer finds that he is not guilty, a person that wants to place the blame on the suspect fetches Dina and decides to blackmail the Shamer by saying that he will hurt Dina if the Shamer does not announce that the suspect is guilty.
I thought the idea of having a Shamer is good. The language were vivid. I thought that it was and okay story.