Monday, November 29, 2010

The Keepers' Tattoo

The Keepers' Tattoo 
by Gill Arbuthnott
Young adult fantasy
425 pages
New York : Chicken House, 2010

Nyssa was orphaned as a young child and has no memories of her early life. She is lovingly raised by an innkeeper and his wife. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she is forced to flee the only home she has ever known with a man she has known her whole life, but only recently discovered is her uncle. As they run in desperation from the Shadowmen sent by the evil Alaric, Nyssa learns many things about her true heritage. She discovers she is the bearer of a special, secret tattoo. Three lines of mysterious script are hidden on her scalp, a portion of a long ago spell used to defeat another era of tyrants trying to overtake the numerous islands of the Archipelago.  Now that she understands why she is being hunted she decides to take matters into her own hands. She is a bold and brave young girl who wants to prevent evil from prevailing in her kingdom. A fabulously engrossing read!

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