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  1. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This is a mixed review and I don't know what number of stars to give this book Normally I just wouldn't review it in those circumstances but this time the issue is too important for me not to talk about it in publicSoThis is a beautifully written book with wonderful characters in a series that I otherwise adored The Truth Teller's Tale is one of my very favorite books this year 10 pages into reading this one I was in a Happy Book DazeUntil the first introduction of a character with chronic illness A friend of the heroine's family is married to a woman with severe fatigue and chronic pain caused by a terrible accident in the past The wife Victoria is perfectly pleasant to everyone but she tires uickly and can't take full part in all the social activitiesAnd oh does EVERYONE feel terrible for the poor man who's married to her He married her after her accident btw because he loved her and he has never complained about her physical limitations The heroine herself says that if she'd been him she would have preferred Victoria to have been killed in the accident rather than come back to him disabled The others shush her uickly but only because she's been unkind not because they disagree with herLater in the book it's revealed that shock horror even though Victoria always claimed she couldn't cope with pregnancy and children actually a Truth Teller confirms this she physically could have managed to bear a child without lasting injury So the only conclusion drawn by the other characters and the text is what a selfish cow How could she be so selfish as to not get pregnant when she knows that her husband wanted children so much? After all it wouldn't actually have killed herYes That really is the exact reactionNow I have a chronic illness too MECFS which leads to intense fatigue and physical limitations I don't have chronic pain thank God but even without that I have to tell you pregnancy was an intense challenge for me because of my illness Raising little kids and dealing with sleepless nights with ME is incredibly hard And I have no pain issues to make the difficulty even worse I can't imagine how much harder pregnancy and childbirth would be for someone dealing with chronic pain For me in my personal situation all of that difficulty is 100% worthwhile because I wanted children so badly But the idea that a woman with chronic fatigue and pain is not allowed to decide that that difficulty is NOT worthwhile to her? That making that choice makes her a terrible selfish person?Honestly I almost put the book down at that point But I kept reading because I so hoped that there would be some turnaround at the end I kept thinking that that first scene where the heroine said that if it were her she'd rather the person she loved was killed than became disabled would lead to an ending where the guy she really did love would become disabled and she'd realize that what mattered was him not his physical abilities Or that she would have to deal with disability herself and learn from thatThat never happened Eventually Victoria dies and everyone is so so happy for her husband finally no longer chained to a disabled wife Just to be clear he hadn't even been a physical caretaker for her he was a rich merchant so they'd hired helpers who did the physical work of looking after her And everyone says that Victoria loved her helper and treated her like a daughter Just to be extra clear there is never a single moment when Victoria is shown or reported to be saying anything mean or unpleasant to anyone ever She just says at various points that she needs to lie down and rest which leads every time to the heroine and all the other characters looking at her husband with great sympathy Indeed Your wife can't keep going and having fun? How terrible and hard for you You're certainly much to be empathized with unlike her People sometimes piously express pity for Victoria in this book They never ever feel any empathy for her and neither does the text incite the reader to feel itMaking it worse there's a bit of a theme of chronic illness in this book at another point a woman says oh she's just terribly weak and frailand the heroine realizes that that woman's chronic illness is completely imaginary just used to get out of doing unpleasant thingsAnother time a woman one who's not even an important enough character to get a name pleads a headache to get out of the hard work that everyone else is doing that day but then of course she recovers uickly once it's dinner time and everyone wants to partyAt that point I almost started to laugh in disbeliefI did finish the book The writing is beautiful as I said before and as always with Sharon Shinn The characters are well drawn and there's an enormous amount of fun stuff in this novelBut I'll be giving it away next time I go into town And reading it as a woman with a chronic illness made me feel like I was getting slapped again and again and againSharon Shinn is one of my very favorite writers and I'll continue to read her other novels because I've loved every other book of hers I've read That issue has never been repeated in any other works she's written and this is an older book not necessarily representative of her current work But I was really really disappointed by this one

  2. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    The Safe Keeper's Secret is a uiet thoughtful YA fantasy set in a medieval kingdom where a few people have magical powers • Safe Keepers guard people's secrets Frankly I'm still a little hazy on why you need an official secret keeper but apparently some people in this world find it very useful • Truth Tellers always tell the truth sometimes without even knowing how they know a particular fact to be true • There is one Dream Maker at a time in this kingdom a person has the power to grant the wishes of random people she comes in contact with as she travels about Understandably the Dream Maker is a very popular person The current Dream Maker is a woman who's had deep sorrow in her own life though granting others' desires brings her some comfort She doesn't control who gets their wishes granted the magic decides that on its own but it's always fascinating when it happens The Safe Keeper's Secret begins with a mystery a man delivers a baby to the Secret Keeper of a small town entrusting her with the secret of who the baby is until the child is older The Secret Keeper raises this baby together with her own child who was born at about the same time The story follows these two children Fiona and Reed as they grow up and deal with the day to day struggles and mysteries in their lives trying to figure out who they really are and what they want to become Actually Fiona is completely certain of what she wants to become a Safe Keeper like her mother But is that really who she is meant to be?Like its seuel The Truth Teller's Tale this book explores the impact of secrets and truths primarily through the eyes of Fiona as she grows from a young girl to a young adult There's not a whole lot of action romance or adventure to be found here but it's a touching and pleasant tale with just a minor element of fantasy35 stars rounding up to 4

  3. Lucy Lucy says:

    Damiana is a safe keeper The people in her village can come to her and trust her with their secrets and unburden their hearts with the safety of knowing that she will never gossip or tell what they have told her She lives with her daughter Fiona and her foster son Reed brought to her door by a king's messenger the night Fiona was born Fiona plans to be a safe keeper like her mother while Reed finds that his interests lie in apprenticing with a merchant in the next town over When Damaiana falls ill and dies she leaves her final secret with Fiona It is a secret that will over time unravel to change the future for Fiona and Reed bothThis is a uiet fantasy It takes place in a small English feeling village and never goes much farther than the next village over The book is all about Damiana her children and their friends and their uiet life as they grow and learn and change and even the twist ending is not loud and shocking but like the final piece of a puzzle clicking uietly into place Jo Walton has a poem about the uiet things in life the things that usually fall between the lines in stories overe here I think Shinn has accomplished that She's found a compelling story in everyday life a tale that stays in my head that isn't about saving the world or doing anything big or loud but is rather about living life and becoming the person you want to be I loved this book every uiet minute of it

  4. Tracy Tracy says:

    Short and sweet A novel of domestic types of magic Family and friends gathering together for the births of children holiday gatherings tragedy and love blended together as it always is in life Secrets told and secrets kept and the truth coming out when it needed to most

  5. Erin Erin says:

    I read this when it first came out and went back to re read since I recently discovered that there are in this series I was reminded of what a lovely warm writer Sharon Shinn is though not in a totally wish fulfillment kind of way because in many ways this is a book about coping with sadness anger and loss

  6. Melissa Melissa says:

    This is a beautifully written series I like her characters and the worlds she puts them in Some of the content was adult stuff tho Not for the younger reader 16 and up

  7. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Not perfect The dislike that Fiona expresses to the ill Victoria and the Truth Teller Thomas is condoned It's an almost perfect little community in an almost perfect vaguely medieval kingdom with almost perfect little people but I get the impression that if the herbalists or other 'witch' types don't approve of you you're sol But there is a lot of joy here And some diversity of perspectives and ambitions And some wisdom I have loved many other books by Shinn and will finish this trilogy In fact I read this now because years ago I read one of the others and I've been wanting to read the whole trilogy together ever since I don't know which of you my goodreads friends followers to recommend this to The only comparison I can make is this when some ppl have described some of the books by Jo Walton I got the impression they'd be something like what this turned out to be I prefer this to what those turned out to be however I know this is a lousy review not helpful If you're wondering whether to add it ask I can probably guide those of you I know as individuals or those of you who can tell me what makes you consider hesitate to add this

  8. Elisa Elisa says:

    I loved it Intrigue family and knowing one's self Adorable and I will read the other books Good for young readers preteen maybe

  9. Laurie Laurie says:

    Nope Nope NopeI could have given this title a higher rating for the writing style alone which is pretty solid and highly readable But I’m so turned off by so many aspects of the story itself that I have to give it a single star The writing style and the short page length made this a uick read but not an enjoyable one There are two glaring problems with this story The first might be considered a spoiler so skip that if you want SPOILER SPOILERSo there is a heavy suggestion that Reed and Fiona who are not blood related but who have been raised as siblings from birth are going to end up together romantically And it’s not just suggested It’s treated as perfectly normal and almost expected Um I’m sorry but that just isn’t something I can get excited about Blood related or not familial love doesn’t just turn into romantic love Nor should itEND SPOILER END SPOILERSecond Fiona our protagonist is absolutely awful towards a woman with chronic fatigue and pain a woman who is otherwise pleasant and kind to all But Fiona constantly derides her in her thoughts and pities her “poor husband” for being “shackled” to such a frail woman Are you kidding me? I found this attitude completely disgusting And while the other characters aren’t as harsh they seem to harbor similar feelings and never really chastise Fiona How am I supposed to like or care about characters like this?Now that I think about it I have a third issue While I thought the idea of Safe Keepers and Truth Tellers was interesting I had a problem with many of the secrets that were being kept I felt many of the central secrets did harm than good and I didn’t think the characters acted in a believable way when the truth was revealed I also had a hard time accepting that someone could turn a blind eye to child abuse for example just because it’s their job to not tell Sorry not a good messageApart from those problems much of the story was just kind of boring The story follows Fiona who I’ve already explained I had problems with But when she wasn’t being bratty and unkind she was almost devoid of any real personality The book told me she was happy at times but it never felt like she was happy I couldn’t really connect to her so I couldn’t invest too much in what happened to herIt’s times like this that I have to wonder if I’ve read the same book everyone else has I see lots of four and five star reviews and I’m honestly a bit troubled that of these readers weren’t bothered by the things I was But of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion Maybe it’s a uestion of timing It’s an older book and maybe I would have liked it when I was younger But I’d like to think notAs I said the writing style itself was good and I’ve seen several reviewers mention that the author’s other books are much better But the way I feel about this one I don’t see myself reading the others anytime soon

  10. Alyssa Nelson Alyssa Nelson says:

    I have never read any of Sharon Shinn's young adult books before and I was glad when this one held up to my expectations of her writing The Safe Keeper's Secret isn't filled with action and adventure there are a few ongoing mysteries throughout the novel but most would consider this a slow book However I read for the characters than the plot so I really liked this storyAs always Shinn has created a brilliant world It's seems much the same as England in the 1100's except magic exists and there are certain people who do odd jobs There are Safe Keepers who are obligated to listen to people's secrets and keep them Truth Tellers who always tell the truth no matter what and one Dream Maker whose mere presence may make a person's deepest wishes come true I thought this was a uniue spin on things and really enjoyed learning about these different jobs and the people who perform themMost of all however I loved the characters This book is mainly about life and the relationships that we form throughout our lifetimes I got to know Damiana Reed Fiona and all the others as if they were my own family and was interested in what they were doing and what their dreams were even if the action was simple Also with Fiona's mother and aunt being Safe Keepers and then becoming a Safe Keeper herself there is a good bit of intrigue woven inHalfway through if even that far I figured out what was going to come about at the end but figuring out the mystery wasn't really the point of the novel I think Rather it's about Fiona coming to terms with who she is as an individual what she wants to do with her life This is a lovely story about the meaning of love and family I highly recommend itAlso posted on Purple People Readers

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The Safe Keeper's Secret ➹ [Read] ➵ The Safe Keeper's Secret By Sharon Shinn ➼ – Damiana is Safe Keeper in the small village of Tambleham Neighbors and strangers alike come one by one in secret to tell her things they dare not share with anyone else knowing that Damiana will keep Damiana is Safe Keeper in the small village of Tambleham Neighbors and strangers alike come one by one in secret to tell her things they dare not share with anyone else knowing The Safe eBook ☆ that Damiana will keep silent One late night a mysterious visitor from the city arrives with an unusual secret for the Safe Keepera newborn baby Damiana who is expecting her own child names the foundling Reed and raises him side by side with her daughter Fiona As the years pass and the two children grow into teenagers and come of age they must come to terms with who they areand who they may be Sharon Shinn's many fantasy novels have won her a loyal following This book firmly in the tradition of Robin McKinley's bestselling Spindle's End and Shinn's own Summers at Castle Auburn an ALA Best Book for Young Adults is thoughtful warm hearted and a sheer delight to read.