The Keeper's Tattoo by Gill ArbuthnottThe Keeper's Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott

The Keeper's Tattoo

byGill Arbuthnott

Hardcover | May 1, 2010

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Orphaned as an infant, Nyssa can only dream about who she is, where she comes from- and the meaning behind the mysterious words branded on her skin.But with the arrival of shadowy strangers, her past is revealed: Nyssa is among the last descendants of the Keepers, teachers of ancient wisdom annihilated by the marauder Alaric. Now the future of Nyssa's people depends on her finding the other half of the hidden message, written on a twin she's never known, and unleashing the powers behind their lost language
Gill Arbuthnott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she works as a biology teacher. The Keepers' Tattoo is her debut novel.
Title:The Keeper's TattooFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.56 × 5.79 × 1.29 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545171660

ISBN - 13:9780545171663

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't impressed I found that this book wasn't good at all. I thought that it was long, boring, and pointless. I couldn't put the pieces together and could not see the story coming together in my head. The writing remindes me of Blood Red Road, which suprises me, because Blood Red Road is one of my all-time favourites, while this book was agonizing. I've read Blood Red Road many times, and I could barely finish this one. Some simillarties I realized right from the start, but there were also many differences. This story had promise, but was poorly delivered. I feel that some people could've liked it, and I can understand why, but I think you need to love certin adventure and mystery books to really enjoy this one. The scenes and events were stretched out, the lead character was hard to understand and follow. This is only my personal opinion, but it really is strong.
Date published: 2012-12-27

Read from the Book

From The Keepers' TattooMarius put a finger to his lips, oblivious to the blood dripping from where she'd bitten him. For the first time, Nyssa noticed the sword at his side. No longer the mild, friendly man from the inn, a stranger now stood between her and the door, his hand on the hilt of the weapon?She cast the scattering of dust in his face, and took to her heels."Wait!" he called after her. "Nyssa, you're not safe!"

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Keepers' Tattoo"The story won me over completely." -Eva Ibbotson, author of A Song for Summer