The Keepers' Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott

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What is the mystery that marks her? A lush, multitextured fantasy introducing a captivating heroine, Nyssa, descendant of seers, vessel of their secrets.

Ten years ago, Alaric, leader of the Shadowmen, killed most of the Keepers--teachers of ancient knowledge that threatened his barbaric rule. Young Kit was captured, but his twin sister, Nyssa, escaped. Only later will she learn that both she and her lost brother bear the secret words of their people: three lines each of strange, unintelligible writing tattooed on their scalps. Now the Shadowmen are on the attack again, determined to quell a growing rebellion. Nyssa must find her brother, and together they must unlock the meaning--the power--behind the mysterious words.

About Gill Arbuthnott

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Gill Arbuthnott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she works as a biology teacher. The Keepers' Tattoo is her debut novel.
Published May 1, 2010 by Chicken House. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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In 14-year-old Nyssa’s world, nearly everyone has tattoos—“They were symbols of birth signs, clan signs, good-luck charms, or just family traditions.” But Nyssa’s mark is unlike anyone else’s, and she soon learns that she has another tattoo hidden in her hair—one that men will kill ...

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Then, the Shadowmen — sinister henchmen of the tyrant Alaric — arrive in her small town, and Nyssa is quickly hustled away by Marius, an uncle she never knew she had.

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