Thursday, September 29, 2011

Recommended Read: The Healing Wars Trilogy by Janice Hardy

The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter
Middle Grade Fantasy
Balzer + Bray, 2009


Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers' League apprentices, Nya's skill is flawed: She can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people. 

Rumors of another war make Nya's life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she's faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?
blurb from goodreads

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The Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire
Middle Grade Fantasy
Balzer + Bray, 2010


Part fugitive, part hero, fifteen-year-old Nya is barely staying ahead of the Duke of Baseer’s trackers. Wanted for a crime she didn’t mean to commit, she risks capture to protect every Taker she can find, determined to prevent the Duke from using them in his fiendish experiments. But resolve isn’t enough to protect any of them, and Nya soon realizes that the only way to keep them all out of the Duke’s clutches is to flee Geveg. Unfortunately, the Duke’s best tracker has other ideas. 

Nya finds herself trapped in the last place she ever wanted to be, forced to trust the last people she ever thought she could. More is at stake than just the people of Geveg, and the closer she gets to uncovering the Duke’s plan, the more she discovers how critical she is to his victory. To save Geveg, she just might have to save Baseer—if she doesn’t destroy it first.
blurb from goodreads

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Aside from having some of the most awesome cover art I've ever seen, Janice Hardy's Healing Wars novels are an intense, thrilling entertainment for children and adult readers alike. The setting, characters, plot, and fantastical elements are all very unique, and the pain shifting aspect, especially, sets these stories apart from typical fantasy. It also presents ethical issues for the main characters in which there is no clear-cut right or wrong course of action.
 
You'll be on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.

The third book in the series (below) releases on Tuesday, October 4. Be sure to check out all of them!
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The Healing Wars: Book III: Darkfall
Middle Grade Fantasy
Balzer + Bray, 2011

War has come.

Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it.

With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, she fears she never will.

The Duke, desperate to reclaim the throne as his own, has rallied his powerful army. And they are on the move, destroying anyone who gets in the way.

To save her sister, her family, and her people, Nya needs to stay ahead of the Duke’s army and find a way to build one of her own. Past hurts must be healed, past wrongs must be righted, and Nya must decide: Is she merely a pawn in the rebellion, a symbol of hope—or is she ready to be a hero?
blurb from goodreads
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5 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for Darkfall! Loved the first two, and I want to find out how it all resolves.

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  2. Me too, Jaleh! I LOVE this series. Worth every minute of reading and then some!

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  3. I love these books! Really looking forward to Darkfall.

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  4. I want to pick these up based on the covers alone.

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  5. I recently read the first two and can't wait for the third. *pompoms* Janice! Janice!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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