ONE GIRL STANDS ALONE, DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.When the peaceful and isolated land of the Shamra is invaded and its people enslaved, a young Shamra girl named Dara must lead a ragtag resistance to defeat the enemy. But even as she fights the invaders, Dara grapples with self-doubt and is criticized by her own people for being outspoken and different.Venturing into uncharteONE GIRL STANDS ALONE, DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.When the peaceful and isolated land of the Shamra is invaded and its people enslaved, a young Shamra girl named Dara must lead a ragtag resistance to defeat the enemy. But even as she fights the invaders, Dara grapples with self-doubt and is criticized by her own people for being outspoken and different.Venturing into uncharted territory to seek allies, Dara encounters unusual creatures and dangerous lands. But is her rebellious spirit enough to help her overcome the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her own people and convince them that she is the only hope the Shamra have to regain their freedom?...
|Title||:||Curse of the Shamra|
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Curse of the Shamra Reviews
Fabulously written and packed with action, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The characters were intriguing with depth brought on by a well thought out past and society. The settings were amazing, with each forest/desert/lake being both beautiful and deadly in turn. Dara is an incredibly strong female lead in a male dominated society, made even more real by the doubts any true leader faces. She is able to inspire both the men and the women to change their thinking, which is never an easy feat. The Baubles themselves teach two important lessons: 1. Size doesn't matter; even the smallest can make a huge difference. 2. Just because you are not treated with the respect that you deserve does not mean you cannot help when you are needed.I would recommend this book to girls for the strong females that defy convention to make a change. I would recommend it to boys to teach them never to underestimate others, regardless of gender. I would recommend it to reluctant readers because the story is fast paced, creative, and fun to follow. I would honestly recommend it to anyone who wants an amazing adventure.Mr. Hoffman sent the three books in this series to our book club and all the kids are loving it. What an amazing gift!
Hoffman has created a fascinating world in this book. The society he has created has women subservient to men. Dara, an orphan is unlike the other Shamra in many ways. First, the society of people has blue eyes, and she has brown. Secondly, she completely disagrees that women should marry and do the bidding of their husbands. She believes in equality for all. Third, she has visions. This all comes in handy when they are invaded by the Trocs. Dara and a few others escape. They appoint her the leader of the rebellion. To help her people she must journey to unfamiliar lands to find help. The story has many things going for it. It teaches girls today that they can do anything that boys can do. It also teaches what happens when a society is so wrapped up in itself that it ignores warning signs of conflict. I believe my students; both female and male will enjoy this addition to my library at school. I look forward to reading the second and third book in the series, “Shamra Divided”, and “Chaos Unleashed”. This is another great fantasy book.
Dara was a strong-willed and spirited girl who did not bend to the status quo. I liked that she did not back down on her beliefs and that she was brave in the face of evil. Dara was not like the typical Shamra girls who were timid and afraid to speak up. In the first book, I was a little overwhelmed by the violence and sadness brought on by the Trocs. Thankfully, the plot turned happier in the second book as Dara went on an adventure to find her heritage. I loved that she found her clan and that Briana told her stories about her ancestors. That was my favorite part.Overall, these books touch on many emotions. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Shamra Chronicles series, Chaos Unleashed, coming out in 2011. Thank you to Barry Hoffman for sending these books to me for review.
*Flamingnet.com Top Choice Award Winner*(More detailed review available at www.flamingnet.com)Curse of the Shamra was an amazing book! I cannot even begin to explain how wonderful this book was! Dara and Pilla have always been best friends, but Pilla and the rest of the Shamra people suddenly become enslaved to the creatures known as Trocs. Dara has to lead a self-proclaimed "ragtag" group of people to attempt to free the Shamra from the Trocs.This was amazing!! I would highly recommend this one! The only thing that makes me sad about this book is that I don't think the author will write the sequel this deserves, as the book was written 7 years ago and was only just picked up by a publisher last year. But I can hope! AMAZING BOOK!
My pre-teen daughter has read the 3 Shamra Chronicle books. The Shamra series is a must read for upper middle school/YA girls who are intrigued, confused and/or disappointed by many of the stereotypes and roles that are often attributed to the female gender. The author's genuine concern for the self-esteem and self-valuation that young women assume, shines through. The entire series encourages aspiring young women to engage in stimulating analysis of the events and characters. The portrayal of contrasting passive and aggressive female characters prompted many amazing discussions with my daughter about gender roles.
I really enjoyed this book. The author portrays an entirely new world with wonderfull accuracy. I am glad he didn't add love triangles or stupid lovey dovey scenes. It was exciting and to the point all the way through and I loved it. I want to read the next, so I hope the series dosen't falter with anything predictable like 'oh no! my emotions are clashing!' I hate it when books write ten chapters on the character's conflicting emotions. This book is wonderfull, but i'm cautiously optimistic of the next two. If you have any advice on them, please comment.
I personnaly did not like the characters in this book. i think the whole idea of their species was kinda gross.
Very well written, a facinating story. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.