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Healer's Touch by [Howell, Deb E]
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had high hopes for this novel and I was not disappointed. Howell's writing style is smooth and very enjoyable, lacking the irritating niggles that so often flaw the work of those who have not been published by 'The Big Six'. I can honestly say this is one of my favourite Indie reads to date, which is saying something as I've read a LOT of independently published books.

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 ....
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When I first read Healer's Touch - I immediately sensed the passion in the author's words. The setting, characters and descriptions have been crafted well and I loved the mix of Wild West, traditional fantasy, Steampunk and medievalism. It's unusual and handled well.
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.

5 stars.
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Howell's Healer's Touch is an interesting twist on a stock fantasy character class. Instead of Healers being gentle and mild-mannered clerics, they are highly feared by the populace and coveted by military powers for their destructive abilities. Healer's Touch title character, Llew is a street urchin who has suffered abandonment by both parents at a tender age and has to get by on her wit and her disguise of passing herself of as a boy. Neither of these things seem to be serving her too well for at the opening of the book, she is cornered by a drunk on her way home, who discovers that she is actually a girl. His failed attempt at raping her ends with him slashing her face and chest to ribbons with a broken bottle and her draining the life out of him to heal herself. Things only get worse for Llew as she is accused of murder and then branded a witch by the townspeople. Help comes from an unlikely source, a dark haired stranger with a wicked looking knife, haunting memories of his past and secret powers of his own.
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.
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This is another book that I read a while ago, so bear with the lack of depth in the review.

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.
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