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The central themes involved in this story are arranged around the main character, Aerin.  She is searching for identity and truth, learning who she and her people are, and coming to terms with the talents, skills and attributes she possesses, along with the fact that she is different from the other people of Damar.  Because she has northern blood, there is considerable discrimination against her, and how she deals with this also becomes a major theme of the book.  You could also say major themes are perseverance and overcoming personal obstacles and difficulties.

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