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Dina has the Shamer's Gift - one look into her eyes, and none can mask their guilt or hide their shame. Now even her brother, Davin, no longer dares to meet her glance. His conscience is troubled by his mother and sister's power, and he wants to avenge the crimes committed against his family with a battle by the sword.
But these are treacherous times and Dina's life is in terrible danger. Kidnapped by the corrupt Valdracu, she is forced to use her gift as a weapon. And Davin becomes her only hope of escape...
"The series as a whole is in good standing alongside Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia." — Booklist, starred review "The term 'page-turner' is often used, but not always justified. It is deserved here, tenfold. I really, really couldn't put the book down." — School Librarian "The most original new fiction of this kind ... thrilling and thoughtful." — The Times "Spiced with likable characters and an intriguing new magical ability - eagerly awaiting volume two." —Kirkus "This novel stands on its own and offers a satisfying conclusion even as it provides an intriguing setting and mythology for future adventures." — Publishers Weekly "An absorbing and fast-paced fantasy/mystery bursting with action and intrigue. The only question is: when will the next one come out?" — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books