- 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: #876,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 .... 'come on, keep your hands off each other for a second', but I think this aspect will probably appeal to a lot of people who are of a more romantic disposition than myself.
My favourite thing about this book is the way it twists classic fantasy in minor but unique ways. There are many aspects to the plot and character arcs that I thought I had all figured out when I started reading and then, bam, something else happened entirely. I also LOVE the Western theme running through the world, and the fact that there is a very subtle Steampunk element also. I love Steampunk, it's one of my favourite genres, and this contains many of the great elements of SP - costume, gadgets - without trying to pretend it's a straight up Steampunk novel. It's a Fantasy novel with Steampunk elements and it works brilliantly because of it - I've read far too many books lately billed as SP which actually turned out to be straight Fantasy or SF, with a few top hats and corsets thrown in. This is not such a book, if you like Steampunk you won't be disappointed.
Overall, an excellent read, I look forward to the next installment.
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. The characterisation is good and I quickly found myself in Llew's corner and cheering her on as she tried to win over the `enigmatic' Jonas. The dialogue was annoyingly `modern', with the turn of phrases and structure of sentences. Jonas had what I can only assume is either a Southern drawl or a New Orleans twang. However, the ending was rather abrupt and had me turn back a page in surprise, thinking that perhaps I flipped too far forward.
There are several points in the story that make for uncomfortable reading, where Howell has done a great job of showing how a woman has to disassociate herself from what his happening to her that reminded me of the case of the Ohio sex-slave girls, which reveals that Howell is only scratching the surface of her writing talents and worth watching as the series develops.
Healer's Touch gets a sturdy three out of five stars for promise and a decent read.
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