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The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter (Healing Wars (Quality)) Paperback – 31 Aug 2010
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In the tradition of strong-willed adventure heroines, Nya rallies, unleashing her powers as she faces complex moral dilemmas. Her first-person narration is suffused with the agony of deciding who will live or die. Timely ethical exploration in the guise of high-action fantasy.--Kirkus Reviews
"The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fantasy fans and those who just love a good story will enjoy this fast-paced novel and eagerly await book two."--School Library Journal
Nya's distinctive first-person voice, strongly personable with a wry sense of humor, draws readers in...[the] hard-charging plot makes the pages fly by...Would you save someone's life at the cost of unbearable pain to someone else?[Readers] will eagerly await the next volume of the Healing Wars.--The Horn Book
The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Fantasy fans and those who just love a good story will enjoy this fast-paced novel and eagerly await book two.--School Library Journal
Nya s distinctive first-person voice, strongly personable with a wry sense of humor, draws readers in [the] hard-charging plot makes the pages fly by...Would you save someone s life at the cost of unbearable pain to someone else?[Readers] will eagerly await the next volume of the Healing Wars.--The Horn Book"
About the Author
Janice Hardy is also the author of The Shifter and Blue Fire, the first two books in the Healing Wars trilogy. She lives in Georgia with her husband, four cats, and one nervous freshwater eel.
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i got this book thinking it might be the next one on from the book called " the pain merchants"
it's still an excilent book ..the only problam i found was.. it is the same story as the book called the pain merchants ..just in a difarent cover & title ..
so if you own "the pain merchants" don't get this one .... if you dont have "the pain merchants" its well worth a read
This dangerous skill makes her valuable to the enemy, and she finds herself forced into working for a pain merchant. When her sister and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, Naya must make some difficult choices and decide how far she'll go to save her sister.
THE SHIFTER is a brilliant beginning to THE HEALING WARS novels. Hardy has an elegant way of drawing the reader into the story with her characterization, and keeping them in the story with plot twists and the dark, war-torn setting for heightened tension.
I loved reading about the darker side of healing as Nya's story unfolded, and I look forward to continuing to follow these characters in book two of the series, BLUE FIRE.
Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
The Shifter is an enjoyable YA fantasy book and while it is a fun read it does have some dark themes to it. It has a hint of romance and interesting magic but it did struggled to keep my interest. I felt like there should be a prequel novella which looks at the war, as it is a big influence in this book.
Nya is tough and wary of people, but those she knows she is very loyal to, she also has to make choices that she shouldn’t have to make, especially at her age. There are some enjoyable secondary characters in this book, such as Danello, Tali and Aylin, but I they are a bit forgettable.
The Shifter is a likable book and I would recommend to fans of YA fantasy books.
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