It is easy to think of the Celts as savages and the Romans as the bringers of civilisation when in fact Celtic society was complex and well-structured. Skin captures the flavour of that ancient time beautifully. The people feel a strong connection to nature and magic is everywhere. Within this ordered society Ailia is a misfit. A wonderful narrator full of youthful fire, fear, confusion and joy. Her journey is strange and compelling, for her and the reader, as she is torn between loves and duties in two different worlds. It’s an extremely enjoyable historical fantasy and I look forward to the next one which will finish the story.
'A visceral tale of ritual, magic and violence' - The Sunday Times
Ailia has never truly belonged, for she has no totem, no 'skin'. Without skin, she is not allowed to learn the traditions of her ancestors, or to marry. But this is Celtic Britain, and the dark power of the Roman Empire is gathering in the distance. As Ailia's people prepare to face a brutal enemy and an uncertain future, it is Ailia who must embrace the extraordinary power which lies within her...and who must stand, alone, to protect the people she loves from the end of everything they've ever known.
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'What a brilliant and original idea for a novel. I couldn't resist reading the first line and then the first paragraph, then the first chapter, even though I was supposed to be doing something else. I am hooked! [Ilka] is an amazing writer.'
Karen Maitland, author of The Vanishing Witch
'Skin is a mesmerising read, set in a distant past that feels both real and magical. Filled with drama and passion, it is also an intensely soulful story about courage, sacrifice and belonging. I was captivated.'
Antonia Hodgson, author of THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA
I am in awe of Ilka's ability to recreate a Britain of AD 43. Caer Cad is alive and I felt I was there, standing by its fires, from page one. A great book -- Cecilia Ekback, author of WOLF WINTER
'This book gripped me from the first, with a haunting scene of spirit and sacrifice in the opening pages that left me horrified and intrigued; from there I could barely pull myself away from the book and Ailia's journey' -- Alphareader.com
'I loved the depth, sincerity and beauty of Skin. It gives a name and a shape to our capacity for yearning.' -- Isobelle Carmody, author of the Obernewtyn
Publication date: 16/06/2016
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||16th June 2016|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Historical fiction, Fantasy,|
Ilka Tampke was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship in 2012. Her short stories and articles have been published in several anthologies. She lives in Woodend, Australia. Skin is her first novel. Click here to read an exclusive 'Ask the Author' interview by Vikki Patis. Author photo © Anna StreetMore About Ilka Tampke