Children of the Shaman

Children of the Shaman

by Jessica Rydill


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Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill

A brother and sister venture out from the sheltered coastal town where they were raised, into the magical kingdom of La Souterraine. Only then and there do they learn what their heritage means, to them, and to those around them...

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ISBN-13: 9781911497233
Publisher: Grimbold Books
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Children of the Shaman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It twisted and tured so that you didn't know what to expect next. when I finished i didn't want it to be over and I hpoe that there will be a sequal because the author certainly left room for one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been over five hundred years since the Great Cold has descended on the land, isolating the North from the South. Now with the Thaw arriving, the Railway People are constructing a railroad under the Aldemar Forest but the project is not going smoothly. People disappear and are never seen again; the Soul Men, insane shamans whose minds work in a gestalt fashion, kill others. Yuda, a very powerful Shaman, along with his two children Annat and Malchik, is assigned to work undercover as a doctor in the town of Gard Aldemar to figure out what is going on. Both Yuda and Annat feel the power of the woods. When Malchik disappears, they determine that he has been spirited away to the shaman dimension of La Souterraine. They are able to ride the train into La Souterraine, gathering allies as they hope to free a city and rescue Malchik without any of their party falling prey to the Cold One. CHILDREN OF THE SHAMAN takes place in a world similar to ours when Jews were ostracized and those in power refused to let them have good jobs unless they converted. Annat and Yuda are adventurous characters who deserve their own series. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel because the author has such a refined sense of place and is able to create an imaginary world subtly different Earth but one we can understand. Harriet Klausner
IrregularReader More than 1 year ago
Thirteen year old Annat is a shaman by birth. Within her own people, the Wanderers, shamans can heal, protect, and enter bodily into other realms. Outside her people, however, shamans are looked upon with suspicion and mistrust. Annat is largely untrained in her powers, but when her aunt falls sick, she and her brother are sent to live with the father they barely know. Annat is finally able to train as a shaman under the tutelage of her father, Yuda, but the family soon turns down a dangerous path. Yuda has been assigned to investigate strange occurrences and brutal murders in a small northern town. Strange, old magic seems to be at play in the area, and soon after arriving, Annat’s brother Malchik disappears. Annat and Yuda’s search for Malchik will take them on a strange journey through a mystical land of winter, where they must find Malchik and stop the evil being responsible for the town’s troubles. This was an interesting and well-crafted fantasy. The story exists in a slightly offset historical Russia/Eastern Europe, with a good dose of Judaism and Jewish mysticism. The Russian fairy-tale setting is in vogue at the moment, with books such as The Bear and the Nighingale by Katherine Arden, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo creating well-deserved buzz. Rydill’s inclusion of Jewish history, religion, and folklore set her book apart and add a touch of realism and historical grounding in a fantasy tale. In all, the book is well written. The character of Annat is well-realized, sometimes to the detriment of the other characters, who can feel a bit flat. The journey through the fairy-tale realm borrows from Eastern European and Russian folklore, and is for the most part exciting and fun reading. I did find that the book began to drag a bit towards the end, but overall I found Children of the Shaman a diverting fantasy. Fans of the fantasy genre, especially those who enjoyed The Bear and the Nnightingale or Shadow and Bone will likely enjoy this book. Anyone looking for a fantasy featuring a strong female lead (Children of the Shaman reminds me a lot of The Green Rider by Kristen Britain) shoudl also consider this book for their TBR. A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
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