trying to find the name of a book

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here is my delima i read it years ago (around 10)


what i can remeber is scarse and that bug the crap out of me so i want to find teh book and fill in teh missing peices,


i know it was the story of a boy/young man and his friend


they came from an island of boys lead by a man with a  name of some like Dammer or Damahl, he would choose his replacement from the boys


well they escaped the island with money and a jewel a Beryl? and made it to the main land where they ran into a crazy lady , they eventually get to a town and have a brief life as puppeteers


they also get captured by some kinda war/bandit group

and that is about it


any help to figure this out would be great