The Shamer Chronicles is a series of children's fantasy novels written by the Danish author Lene Kaaberboel. There are four books in total: The Shamer's Daughter, The Shamer's Signet, The Serpent's Gift and The Shamer's War. The books are about Dina Tonerre who has unwillingly inherited her mother's Gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions from even the most hardened wrong-doers, simply by looking into their eyes. Starting with the second book, her older and completely normal brother Davin becomes the second point-of-view character.The story starts with Dina's mother being called to Dunark Castle to elicit a confession from the seventeen year old heir to the throne who is blamed for committing a bloody triple murder. Dina's mother promises to return as fast as she can, but the next day comes and she is not showing up. Which is when a yet another person comes from Dunark and takes Dina with him, telling her that Dina's mother needs her help.In Denmark, the series is very popular and influential. Many young people credit it as one of the only books they've enjoyed reading, or the book that first got them into Fantasy or books in general. The theater that made The Musical have said that this is the reason they wanted to turn it into a musical.
The first book is very much Black and White Morality, but the story becomes a bit more grey in the later books. The third book could even be said to be about Dina learning that the world isn't always like this, as although her father has done questionable things, he's not evil as her mother claimed.
Big Brother Bully: Aun Rose's half-brother, who beats her and blames her for everything.
Nico's older brother also had tendencies towards this, as seen when Dina looks into his memories.
Bodyguard Crush: Melussina and Callan. Though downplayed as it isn't mentioned until Davin figures it out in The Shamer's War
Burn the Witch!: It's mentioned that people have started burning shamers in the Lowlands.
I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: In The Shamer's Signet, Dina is forced to use her Shamer powers on anyone her captor sees fit, for trivial things. If she refuses, he'll kill Tavis, the random kid who was with her when she was kidnapped.
Perception Filter: One of the abilities Sezuan and Dina have, as part of the Serpent's Gift.
Room 101: The Serpent's Gift featured a room that was covered head to toe in carvings of faces that would whisper the worst things you could imagine to you - remind you of horrible things you have done or play on your insecurities until you were driven mad.
Smart Ball: The author seems to try her hardest to prevent Fridge Logic moments, which often results in the 11 year old Dina suddenly doing genius things, and then reverting to being a normal little girl.