Daughter of Albion

Daughter of Albion are Book This was one of the richest depictions of Celtic Britain I ve found I thought the author did really good job of showing the gritty aspects of daily life and making the who

Daughter of Albion are Book This was one of the richest depictions of Celtic Britain I've found! I thought the author did really good job of showing the gritty aspects of daily life and making the whole world seem real (and brutal at times). I loved the strong female characters, the setting, and the way the writing had an almost dreamlike quality that sounded like someone recounting a legend. The basic story is about a girl named Ailia who was found as an infant and doesn't know her family. Because she doesn't know her totem (and is therefore without "skin"), she's considered born in body but not soul. She's not fully part of her tribe and isn't allowed to marry or participate in ceremonies. She slowly finds her place, though, and ends up playing an important role in the struggle against invading Roman forces. I think this is meant to be part of a series because the end left a bit to be desired. But I still really recommend this if you like Juliet Marillier -- it had a similar feeling!. Ilka Tampke s Daughter of Albion transports the reader to the village of Caer Cad in southwest Britain, 43 AD, where a swaddled baby is found, mysteriously motherless She is named Ailia and although she is a remarkable girl intelligent, curious and brave she will be forbidden to marry, left out of tribal ceremonies, and barred from any sort of learning.Ailia is raisedIlka Tampke s Daughter of Albion transports the reader to the village of Caer Cad in southwest Britain, 43 AD, where a swaddled baby is found, mysteriously motherless She is named Ailia and although she is a remarkable girl intelligent, curious and brave she will be forbidden to marry, left out of tribal ceremonies, and barred from any sort of learning.Ailia is raised by Cookmother in the kitchen of the ruling family and as a young woman she serves the Tribesqueen of her township, until the day when an encounter with a magical fish who also appears to her as a beautiful and enigmatic man named Taliesen leads Ailia to the Mothers, the tribal ancestors who have chosen her to become their highest knowledge bearer Ailia s growing awareness of her future role as the tribal protector and her relationships with the two very different men she loves will be utterly tested by the imminent threat of Emperor Claudius preparing to take the island.With an incredibly compelling heroine, Daughter of Albion is a suspenseful and richly rewarding novel about women, about power, about love, and about the clash of cultures and the tenacity of belief.. A viral Ebook Daughter of Albion “He was as dazzling and unfathomable as the night sky: in equal measure splendid and despondent, vital and injured, tender and cruel. He had an Elder’s wisdom, yet the wariness of a child, and in the force of these splits, the whole earth turned within his sprawling frame”Skin is the first novel by Australian author, Ilka Tampke, and the first book of a two-book series. Iron Age Britain, soon to be invaded by the Roman legions, is where fourteen-year-old Ailia works in the kitchens of the Tribequeen of the Durotriga people in the hilltown of Caer Cad. Ailia has cheated death twice: the Cookmother plucked her from the freezing doorstep soon after her birth; and she was spared from ritual sacrifice at the age of seven. But Ailia has no “skin”, no totem, having no mother to pass this on to her. Much as she craves to, tribal law dictates that, unskinned, she is forbidden to learn. Opinion about how to face the Roman invasion is deeply divided. The learned Journeyman, Llwyd and many of the warriors believe they must fight the invaders to retain their sacred ways. But Ruther, son of one of the warriors, has seen Rome and argues that submission and cooperation will cost less lives. LLwyd believes the battle can be won with the support of the Kendra of Albion, a wisewoman who links the tribe to the Mothers (gods). But the Kendra has been absent for twenty-one summers: will she come when the Durotriga need her most?Tampke creates the perfect blend of historical fiction with a touch of fantasy. Her extensive research into Iron Age Britain is apparent on every page, but this wealth of interesting knowledge is presented in a form that is easy to digest. Her prose is rich and beautiful. Her characters are fascinating, flawed yet striving for integrity, and their dialogue adds authenticity and the occasional gem of wisdom: “…fear could be fought with a curious mind. Hold questions like a torch before you”. While the climax is, perhaps, predictable, there are several plot twists to keep the reader guessing. This is an impressive debut from a talented author and readers will be eager to see where Tampke sends her plucky young heroine in the sequel. 4.5 stars

About Author

  1. Awards Shortlisted, Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2015Longlisted, Voss Literary Prize, 2016Ilka Tampke was born in Sydney and worked in theatre, arts and festivals before commencing study in creative writing at RMIT, Melbourne.She was editor of Quest, National Journal of Adult Learning in 2010 and 2011, and was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship in 2012 Her short stories and articles have been published in several anthologies.She lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her partner and two children.Skin is her first novel and will be published in the UK, US, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Vietnam in 2016.

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  1. This was one of the richest depictions of Celtic Britain I ve found I thought the author did really good job of showing the gritty aspects of daily life and making the whole world seem real and brutal at times I loved the strong female characters, the setting, and the way the writing had an almost dreamlike quality that sounded like someone recounting a legend The basic story is about a girl named Ailia who was found as an infant and doesn t know her family Because she doesn t know her totem and [...]


  2. He was as dazzling and unfathomable as the night sky in equal measure splendid and despondent, vital and injured, tender and cruel He had an Elder s wisdom, yet the wariness of a child, and in the force of these splits, the whole earth turned within his sprawling frame Skin is the first novel by Australian author, Ilka Tampke, and the first book of a two book series Iron Age Britain, soon to be invaded by the Roman legions, is where fourteen year old Ailia works in the kitchens of the Tribequeen [...]


  3. I was kindly sent a free arc of this book in exchange for an honest review I also read this book as part of the Dewey s 24 Hour Readathon which was rather exciting and as a readathon book this worked very well because it s fun and fast paced and it s told in 1st person so it s quick to get into This is the story of an ancient british tribe and the ideals, prophecies, magic and customs they hold dear to them with a particular focus on our main character, Ailia.What I found whilst reading this boo [...]


  4. I had high expectations going into this book, and I was not disappointed It follows Ailia, a girl without skin in 43 AD Celtic Britain In this book a person s Skin is like a totem which they have depending on what their family has, for example a dog or a salmon No one know s who Ailia s parents are and so she is without skin, and so not allowed to be educated or marry.I really loved the way Tampke wove this idea of skin into her version of these ancient Celtic tribes, weaving in magic and druids [...]


  5. Isabelle Carmody, an author I ve read since I was in my very early teens, describes this book on the back cover as being a book about yearning In just a few words Carmody captures the soul of this book.Ailia is withoutskin , or in terms perhaps understandable to contemporary readers, her parentage is not known Whilst Ailia was adopted, and loved, by the cook at Caer Cad she was not able to participate fully in society due to her lack of skin Ailia was unable to be taught skills learnt by other [...]


  6. back down to earth 2016Das war gut Das radikale Ende Brutal, unerbittlich und damit erstmals berraschend Das Setting Britannien im Jahre 40 n Chr wie geil ist das denn Rituale, alte Sitten, die Bedrohung durch die R mer, das alles wird gut dargestellt Geht nur leider im Rest unter.Das war richtig, richtig mies Die Liebesgeschichte Insta Love l sst gr en Ailia und Taliesin treffen sich dreimal und lieben sich unendlich, der Funke springt berhaupt nicht ber Zudem steht Ailia nebenbei noch auf eine [...]


  7. Skin is the debut historical fiction fantasy novel from Australian author and member of my wonderful writer s group Ilka Tampke.The book is set in AD 43 Iron Age Britain , and our narrator is skinless Ailia of Cad who was found by Cookmother on the doorstep of the Tribequeen She is raised in the kitchens, and taught the art of healing by Cookmother, but still Ailia longs for what she cannot have and will not be without skin a journeywoman Born to the skinless, or lost to their families before na [...]


  8. I devoured this book in one epic reading session that went from about 10pm to 3 30am I thought I d stop maybe halfway through but I just kept reading At first I found the language a little self consciously florid and weird, as if that s what s expected in fantasy, but ultimately it was utterly beguiling basically it lulled me into the same credulous, visceral kind of reading I used to do when I was a tween and early teen And although this is a story for adults, it s got much the same hero s jour [...]


  9. I received a free copy of this book from Hodder in exchange for an honest review.Ailia is a young woman growing up in a tribe in Celtic Britain Her tribe believe in something called Skin which is something yu are given and taught by your mother from birth but Ailia was abandoned by her mother as a newborn and is skinless As Ailia tries to figure out who she is, she learns that the higher powers may have something in store for her as the Roman Empire marches ever closer.I really, really enjoyed t [...]


  10. Skin is a beautifully crafted story that resonated deeply within me Ilka has created the notion that skin is identity, and consequently the novel pursues the importance to understand and uphold this The setting for Skin is SW England AD 43 47, time of the Roman invasion The journey of central character Ailia, a tribesperson of Albion Ancient Britain , leads the reader through this adventure Real locations and historical timelines are set against a fantastic mystical dimension, with a nod to Glas [...]


  11. I loved this book It takes you into the world of ancient Britain where women are powerful and Goddesses are worshipped It creates a vivid picture of life in a Celtic tribe one that is on the cusp of being invaded by the Romans But it also takes you journeying to places that have become lost to us now Skin is beautifully written, fascinating, and above all a rip roaring good read And while it is definitely one for the women, my husband is reading it now and also can t put it down



  12. Rezension, wie immer besser, hier neylakunta.wordpress 2016Fakten ber das Buch Verlag PenhaligonSeitenzahl 480ISBN 978 3 7645 3143 0Preis 19,99 Lesezeitraum 24 7 16 4 8 16Kurzbeschreibung In Caer Cad bestimmt die Tierhaut ob du jemand bist Denn f r die Bewohner des Stammes bedeutet die Haut alles Sie ist das Bindeglied zwischen der festen Welt und der Welt der M tter, zu der nur die Gereisten Zugang haben Ailia wird niemals auch nur die Chance erhalten eine Gereiste zu werden, und dass obwohl si [...]


  13. Ilsa Tampke ist mit Skin Das Lied der Kendra ein ungew hnlicher, eindringlicher Deb troman gelungen, der eine fantasievolle Geschichte von Mystik und Magie erz hlt, diese aber verwurzelt in einem Abschnitt unserer ganz realen Weltgeschichte das Buch spielt zur Zeit der Eroberung Britanniens durch das r mische Reich, also in der Sp ten Eisenzeit Die Autorin verwebt das eine ganz nat rlich und nahtlos mit dem anderen Orte, die tats chlich existiert haben, und Ereignisse, die historisch belegt sind [...]


  14. Skin is the debut historical fiction fantasy novel from Australian author and member of my wonderful writer s group Ilka Tampke.The book is set in AD 43 Iron Age Britain , and our narrator is skinless Ailia of Cad who was found by Cookmother on the doorstep of the Tribequeen She is raised in the kitchens, and taught the art of healing by Cookmother, but still Ailia longs for what she cannot have and will not be without skin a journeywoman Born to the skinless, or lost to their families before na [...]


  15. Die Waise Ailia hat es in ihrem Stamm nicht leicht Als Findelkind ist sie nach den Stammesgesetzen eine Halbgeborene ohne Haut und damit ohne ein Stammeslied Eine gro e Schmach, steht die Haut doch f r den Glauben des Stammes, ihre Vorfahren und ihr Heimatland.Die Zeichen stehen schlecht in diesen Tagen, denn die R mer stehen praktisch schon vor der T r um sich die letzten freien V lker Britanniens einzuverleiben.Das Reich zittert, denn noch immer hat sich die Kendra, die H terin alles Wissens, [...]




  16. Anmeldt af Josephine NV p bookeater bookeater vbforum histo ilia vokser op som hittebarn Men endnu v rre hun er uden skind og hele verden er bygget p skind Uden skind vil hun altid v re halv Altid v re udst dt, selv om hun er inde Viden og k rlighedNogle siger, det er det samme.Det man virkelig kender, vil man ogs elske side 264I r 43 i Sommer England er Stammedronning Fraid hersker og fred har varet l nge Man rer M drene med sine sange Man har skind Og ritualer som skal opretholde verdens orden [...]


  17. Before I begin the main review of the book can we all take a minute to marvel in the beauty of this cover When I saw this on NetGalley it was the cover that originally drew me in, I personally think it s absolutely gorgeous and I might even have to purchase myself a copy to keep on my shelf.Firstly let me say that historical fiction is not normally my first choice of genre, although I have read a few fantastic historical fiction novels over the years There was just something about Skin that pull [...]


  18. lynnsbooks.wordpress 2015Just finished reading Skin by Ilka Tampke which is a very unusual and intriguing book.The story gets off to an immediate and rather gory start so be warned on that front Set in Iron Age Britain around AD 43 Britain is poised on the brink of Roman invasion and in the village of Caer Cad the locals look to their ancient rituals in order to guide them.The people of this age were superstitious, they lived by ritual and believed in the sacred laws of nature They are governed [...]


  19. Ailia lebt in Britannien zu einer Zeit, in der die R mer ihr Reich immer weiter ausdehnen Auch ihr Stamm wird von der Gro macht bedroht und sie allein kann die Rettung bringen Weil sie jedoch nicht wei , woher sie kommt oder wer ihre Eltern sind, tr gt sie keine Haut Diese steht f r die Zugeh rigkeit zu einem bestimmten Totemtier und damit f r Glauben, Vorfahren und Heimatland Sie hat also keinen Clan, zu dem sie geh rt und ist damit eine Au enseiterin Ohne Haut ist es ihr nicht erlaubt zu lerne [...]


  20. 3.5 starsI can t say that I loved it, but I also read it obsessively for two days The ending is brutal and will make you bitter You will have so many feelings One of them will be rage probably.


  21. When I first learned about Ilka Tampke s Skin, I immediately knew I wanted to read it as it hits so many of my sweet spots, fantasy combined with historical fiction set in Celtic Britain Not to mention that Tampke at some point mixes in just a hint of the Arthurian legend that is still in the far future in this book When I finally managed to snag a copy of the paperback last summer, I just started the first page over coffee at Foyles and I was hooked I read the book over the course of my Nine Wo [...]


  22. Die 14 j hrige Ailia hat keine Tierhaut und gilt damit in ihrem Dorf als Au enseiterin Denn alle in Caer Cad haben eine Tierhaut Ailia wird somit der Zugang zu vielen Dingen verwehrt und sie arbeitet als einfache Dienerin f r die K nigin Trotzdem scheint der Krieger Ruther sich f r sie zu interessieren Im Laufer der Zeit offenbart sich aber ein v llig anderes Schicksal f r Ailia, sie scheint zur Kendra zu werden, einer gro en Wissensh terin und das obwohl sie keine Haut tr gt F r viele in ihrem [...]


  23. Skin is set in Britain, and specifically in Summer Somerset between AD 28 and AD 43 in a matriarchy Iron Age Britain, a Druid culture, and the might of Rome preparing for invasion Ailia has no Skin in a metaphorical way Skin is the totem tribal connection.her journey to find Skin and its meaning is satisfyingly archetypal She doesn t know who her parents were, and so she cannot learn or do anything in society Like any other untutored woman, she just wants to learn of the world She s a total out [...]


  24. I loved this story I literally could not put it down It follows Ailia, a young person living with a tribe in Iron Age Britain as they prepare for the Roman invasion The tribe s greatest concern is that the Romans will destroy their system of knowledge a skin totem system given to them by the Mothers, the mystical beings who created and now sustain the land and their lives But Ailia is an orphan and so never received a skin, and as such she can t do anything learn, swim, properly participate in r [...]


  25. Historical fiction with fantasy elements is not my usual reading fare, but this debut novel from Ilka Tampke turned out to be enjoyable light reading It is set in Southwest Britain in AD43, just as the Roman legions are about to invade, and its heroine is a feisty girl called Ailia.Ailia s tribe, the people of Caer Cad, has a belief system based on skin At birth girls are given their skin and sung into being This entitles them to participate in ceremonies, and to learn the ancient knowledge of t [...]


  26. I found myself utterly and completely enchanted by this book, it pulled me in to a wonderfully vivid world of Ancient Britain of AD43 just prior to the Roman invasion Ailia is a young girl born without skin not in the conventional sense but meaning without mother, without passing on skin gifted by song from mother to child Ailia is left outside a village hut, abandoned as a child, unwanted, unloved but with a strong sense of purpose, she lives out her childhood in the village of Caer Cad, servin [...]


  27. When I first picked up this book I thought it sounded intriguing yet I was not overly excited In fact, I put it down but a few days later came back to it when looking for my next book to read So glad I picked up this book I read it in one day This time I actually have to agree that the reference to Khaleesi is a good reference Albion is a dynamic woman The special abilities that she possess is cool Although at this point I have not felt any strong feelings towards the two male interests Hopefull [...]


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