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The Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire Paperback – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of the teenfantasy trilogy The Healing Wars. Her novels include "The Shifter,""Blue Fire,"and"Darkfall" from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. "TheShifter,"was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young GeorgiansShould Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was alsoshortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (2011), and TheTruman Award (2011).
Janice is also the founder of FictionUniversity, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. Her popular Foundations of Fiction series includes "Plotting Your Novel:Ideas and Structure," a self-guided workshop for plotting a novel, thecompanion "Plotting Your Novel Workbook," and the Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft series. Her Skill Buildersseries includes "Understanding Show,Don't Tell (And Really Getting It)," and "Understanding Conflict(And What It Really Means)," focusing oncommon problem areas for writers.
As J.T. Hardy, she writes fantasy and science fiction for adults. The first book in her Grace Harper series is "Blood Ties."
Janice loves talking with writers and encourages questions of all types - even the weird ones. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twocats,one yard zombie, and a very nervous freshwater eel. You can visither online at JaniceHardy.com or chat with her about writing atFiction-University.com.
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I found both books to be very enjoyable to read. The heroine of this story, 15 year old Nya, along with her sister Tali, has been orphaned by a war that was started by a very evil and greedy Duke.
Nya has a very special talent (she can shift pain from one person to another) which her parents told her to never reveal. However, circumstances beyond her control force her to shift, and this was witnessed by bystanders. This unfortunately brings her to the attention of the Duke, who wants to have her captured so that he can use her as a potentially lethal weapon.
In book two, Nya has been captured and brought to the the capital, Braseer, where she learns that the Duke is not very popular there with many of the residents, and that many of them have formed an underground to resist the Duke.
Nya learns, as she is forced to use her special abilities, that there is often a very high price to pay; one that, although she is not willing to pay it, none the less, she often has to make the best of a bad situation.
I truly enjoyed following Nya as she struggles to survive while resisting the temptation to give into her anger, for fear that she might end up becoming as self serving as the Duke. There is a grimness and despair to these stories that I found very compelling, and I am looking forward to the third book in this series!
Reviewed by Debbie.
Nya is fun as a character and although sometimes it's hard to believe that she's able to survive many of the battles she fights, it's certainly contextual to her special powers, so it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. I'm excited to see the third in the trilogy and how the story pans out. I hope that more of the far past will be revealed as it pertains to these runes inscribed onto these plates of Pynvium. In fact, my only major criticism would be that I'd love a deeper dive into the fantasy of the world. Where did it come from? How did they discover that people could do this with this special stone, and how did that shape their world moving forward up until the present time?
-Lindsey Miller, [...]
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Okay, so I have equal parts love and hate for this book which is why I'm going to break this review into two parts as defined by love/hate.Read more