- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1511 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190984506X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (20 Jun. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJE8NSK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #983,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I was very easily drawn into the world of Healer's Touch, and Llew, the main character. I was worried at first that she was going to turn out to be the stereotypical Fantasy-Orphan-With-Mysterious-Powers, however she is ANYTHING but: strong, sassy, at times very funny, damaged, but not to the extent that she's a chore to read, which is a trap a lot of people fall into when creating characters with tragic pasts. Her counterpart, and love interest, Jonas, has an equally tragic past. I must say I found his character slightly less believable, perhaps because he was not the protagonist and thus we never got inside his head, and only see what Llew sees. There is a bit of star-crossed-lovers thing going on, which had the potential to annoy me, but unlike a lot of books coming out since the Twilight obsession began, it is not the main focus of the book, there is a strong, compelling plot, well-drawn world, and a wider cast of characters. After a while it kind of fades into the background and sits there simmering. I've a feeling there will be a sequel to this little gem and that there will be more going on in the romance department then. I'm quite hopeful however that it will remain sensible and not become a smoosh-fest. I have to say, there are moments in Healer's Touch when I was a little bit ....Read more ›
Llew reminds me of Sonea from Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy. She's gifted, albeit reluctantly, and yearns for a normal life - for her to heal, she must drain life and 'energy' from other living things. For a large proportion of the novel she hides what she is and is on the run. But obviously, things change...
The love story is handled well, it doesn't become too soppy (a trap a lot of authors seem to fall in!) and it promises to develop into something even more bittersweet and believable.
I'd recommend this to those that enjoy books by the Australian fantasy writers - Karen Miller, Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh etc - Healer's Touch has a strong storyline, strong characters and yet doesn't cross the line into 'dark and gritty' fantasy like Abercrombie writes; and you know what? That's a good thing.
Because Deb E Howell writes how she wants and not what's expected - it's fresher for it.
The book is pitched as a steampunk western-styled fantasy, although the first half of the book is reminiscent of Twilight, with Llew caught in a love triangle between two men who desire her, with the one she is falling for being unable to return her love due to their kind being sworn enemies. But Howell's Llew is more a feisty Lois Lane than an awkward and whiny Bella of the Twilight novels. She is slightly uncouth, always says the wrong thing, pragmatic to a fault and more comfortable being a guy than hanging with the girls.
The writing is of a decent standard and the plot, though at times predictable, has enough interesting twists in it to keep the reader hooked.Read more ›
This book was given to me by Kristell Ink in exchange for this review. My thanks to Sam who was the person I got in contact with.
When first I was made aware of the existence of this new novel, the author described it as "Fantasy with a twist of Steampunk (and a little romance)." Not what I would normally consider my cup of tea. However, there was something about it that intrigued me and drove me to plead Kristell Ink for a review copy - and what a pleasant surprise this read turned out to be!
Healer's Touch is a mix of romance, steampunk and high fantasy done the right way and written in just the right kind of style. I have to say that this book has made me a fan of Deb E. Howell.
The plot is well planned and played-out. For a book that involves almost nothing but fleeing and travelling I must say I am impressed that it never once got boring. It is as fast-paced as the blurb says and constantly new things are added to the table; new troubles or new knowledge that makes the situation of our group worse by the chapter.
The universe is the author's own and seems to be more well-constructed than is let on in this book, with a history that is merely hinted at here and there. It is clear that the world isn't the focal matter of the story.
The characters are very vivid and came alive before my eyes as I read. I love them all. Except Braph. I hate Braph with a passion. But another thing I really love is how it is not only the humans that play the vital roles in this story. The nature is used actively to underline the themes of life versus death, health versus destruction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A generally well written story, with a detailed and consistent background. The main character, Llew, has remarkable healing powers, but they exact a considerable cost from any... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2014 by Paul T.
Healer's Touch is a story that grabs you. The first one of an intended trilogy, it follows the adventures of a young girl who comes from a race of healers - but they heal at the... Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2014 by Mrs. J
Healer's Touch by Deb E. Howell is an entertaining mix of fantasy, western, steampunk, romance, and even a bit of horror that provides a refreshing transfusion of new blood to a... Read morePublished on 15 April 2014 by Dean Lombardo
“Healer’s Touch”, New Zealand author Deb E Howell’s debut novel, is an engaging blend of the Old West and steampunk, with some romance elements adding extra spice to the recipe. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Mr. C. Horner
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I got to know a little about the world in which the story takes place because I drew the maps for it-- a task I was very... Read more