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Skin

by Ilka Tampke

A debut novel of ritual and violence set in Britain in AD 43 veering at times towards fantasy. A young girl, an outcast because she has no 'totem', rises against all the odds to be leader of her tribe. Contains some horrific ritual ceremonies and bloody battles - so not for the fainthearted. A fast-paced and exciting read with an appealing heroine.

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The journeymen positioned her; she was already halfway to the otherworld with the herbs. They kissed her and stepped away.
She stood with limbs outstretched and tears on her face.
The singing reached a wailing peak. It was time. She was
for a moment, creation, the rising sun itself, before the riders mounted, the journeyman shouted, and the horses surged with unstoppable force, to the north, south, east and west of her.

Parallels

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
 

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