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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen; Reprint edition (30 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061747440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061747441
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blue Fire Nya must leave the only home she's ever known. Trust the very people she always hated. And become the weapon she never wanted to be... Re-enter the fascinating world of Healers and Takers in the gripping sequel to THE PAIN MERCHANTS in the epic dystopian fantasy adventure trilogy, THE HEALING WARS. Full description

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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nya is on the run from the Duke of Baseer's trackers for a crime she didn't intend to commit.

The Duke is using Healers to make an unstoppable army, and Nya is determined to stop him. But with trackers after her, it isn't easy to hide, and Nya finds herself trapped in a place she never wanted to be and having to trust people she isn't sure she should.

Nya's adventures in BLUE FIRE were even more thrilling than they were in THE SHIFTER. THE HEALING WARS novels are off to a great start. Hardy's characterization is well-balanced with tension and excitement in the plot, which makes it hard to put down.

I look forward to the third book in the series and discovering how far Nya will go to save those she loves.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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By Gp Russ on 25 May 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
my sone loves it ..+ i read it agood book ( set of books) for all ages .. would love to see this set of books made into a film
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ADDICTING!!! 7 Sept. 2010
By RPK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
As a HUGE fan of Hardy's The Shifter I was extremely anxious to delve into the continuation to Nya's story. Nya is one of those rare characters that comes along that a reader can't help but root for. She is feisty, determined and undeniably brave. I loved every second of this action-packed fantasy thrill ride. Readers will certainly need to purchase The Shifter beforehand as this is NOT a stand-alone novel. This seems to pick up almost immediately where we left off in the first book with our main characters trying to elude the soldiers and to steer clear of The Duke and his corrupt & maniacal ways. Nya is a rebel & a Hero jammed into one phenomenally well-rounded young girl. I can't wait to continue reading and learning more about her in the next installment! Janice Hardy has completely captivated me with this series. It would fill any fan of The Hunger Games need for YA adventure!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Sequel 27 Feb. 2011
By Ax20 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Whereas the Warrior Heir might not fall into my top ten list, the Healing Wars just might. Shifter, the first book in the series, was one of the first children's books I read last year and I liked it immediately. I've always been a sucker for the scrappy, raised from humble beginnings type story (loved the Hunger Games!) so this one had a lot going for it right from the start and it did not disappoint.

In book 2, Nya is on the run after blowing up the healer's quarters where healers were being abused and experimented on. She, along with her sister and some friends, have taken to helping their fellow healers escape capture. There are bigger things to worry about though, as Nya's unique abilities make her particularly valuable for a much bigger plot that she doesn't understand.

There is a lot of solid writing in this book. The description is right on and the characters are easy to relate to. Hardy does an excellent job of creating a fully realized world, where she deals with the complexities of greed, power, and hatred.

The best of the book comes out in the relationship between Tali and Nya. Much like Katniss and Prim in the Hunger Games trilogy, their relationship is what drives much of the book. It is what usually spurs Nya to action, the need to protect her sister. What I like about Tali versus Prim, is that we get to see Tali grow into her own. Yes, Prim isn't a complete pushover by the end of the series, but she never quite gets to step out of her sister's shadow. Tali, on the other hand is as much hero as victim. While Nya may see her sister and someone who needs to be protected, Tali is not satisfied in this role and others see that about her as well.

Best of all, by the end of the book, it feels like we have only just begun. There are clearly more mysteries and horrors to be revealed. Though I know it won't be for a while, I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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Blue Fire 23 Mar. 2011
By Kurt G. Schumacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend that you read The Shifter (The Healing Wars: Book I) before you read this book.

I found both books to be very enjoyable to read. The heroine of this story, 15 year old Nya, along with her sister Tali, has been orphaned by a war that was started by a very evil and greedy Duke.

Nya has a very special talent (she can shift pain from one person to another) which her parents told her to never reveal. However, circumstances beyond her control force her to shift, and this was witnessed by bystanders. This unfortunately brings her to the attention of the Duke, who wants to have her captured so that he can use her as a potentially lethal weapon.

In book two, Nya has been captured and brought to the the capital, Braseer, where she learns that the Duke is not very popular there with many of the residents, and that many of them have formed an underground to resist the Duke.

Nya learns, as she is forced to use her special abilities, that there is often a very high price to pay; one that, although she is not willing to pay it, none the less, she often has to make the best of a bad situation.

I truly enjoyed following Nya as she struggles to survive while resisting the temptation to give into her anger, for fear that she might end up becoming as self serving as the Duke. There is a grimness and despair to these stories that I found very compelling, and I am looking forward to the third book in this series!

Reviewed by Debbie.
An exciting sequel.... a little too exciting. 13 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read the first shifter book, and thought it was pretty good. Never one to leave a story unfinished, I wanted to read the sequel. And, while Blue Fire is good on many levels, it fails on the one I appreciate most in a book: the human connection. I won't give away spoilers and such, but I will say the book fires on all cylinders when it comes to giving us action, excitement and danger. Nya is thrown into perilous situation after perilous situation. And she uses her wits and cool powers to escape. However, she never really connects in the book with other characters. There's a lack of love/chemistry between her and any of her fellow characters.

Now, to be completely honest, Nya didn't have the best connections in book one, but you felt like there was something there, bubbling right beneath the surface. She had sparks of connection with Danello, Aylin and her sister Tali. They were on the thinner side, but you felt it. In book 2, however, there were no sparks. It seemed like Nya was simply going through the motions and spouting off about how much she needed to help her sister and friends, but not really connected to them. It felt flat.

Going back to the positive side, I did like the additional back story we got in this book, with Nya finding a relative, and more flashbacks about her father. I agree with some of the other reviewers who thought a few of the scenes--action packed as they were--were a bit hard to follow/confusing.

Overall, if you want excitement, it's here. If you want characters who make personal connections with the other characters, it's not here.
A great sequel 22 Nov. 2010
By Lindsey Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was really pleased with this sequel. It brings us deeper into the world and the unique fantasy elements that have been created. We get a further glimpse into the recent history of how the Duke came to power, why people are manipulated the way that they are in order to do the terrible things that they do, and that the fight is a full-scale war across the territories, not just in Nya's own back yard.

Nya is fun as a character and although sometimes it's hard to believe that she's able to survive many of the battles she fights, it's certainly contextual to her special powers, so it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. I'm excited to see the third in the trilogy and how the story pans out. I hope that more of the far past will be revealed as it pertains to these runes inscribed onto these plates of Pynvium. In fact, my only major criticism would be that I'd love a deeper dive into the fantasy of the world. Where did it come from? How did they discover that people could do this with this special stone, and how did that shape their world moving forward up until the present time?

-Lindsey Miller, [...]
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