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The Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 5, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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A thrilling, complex saga. (The Horn Book )
“Fantasy fans and those who just love a good story will enjoy this fast-paced novel and eagerly await book two.” (School Library Journal )
Top Customer Reviews
In book 2, Nya is on the run after blowing up the healer's quarters where healers were being abused and experimented on. She, along with her sister and some friends, have taken to helping their fellow healers escape capture. There are bigger things to worry about though, as Nya's unique abilities make her particularly valuable for a much bigger plot that she doesn't understand.
There is a lot of solid writing in this book. The description is right on and the characters are easy to relate to. Hardy does an excellent job of creating a fully realized world, where she deals with the complexities of greed, power, and hatred.
The best of the book comes out in the relationship between Tali and Nya. Much like Katniss and Prim in the Hunger Games trilogy, their relationship is what drives much of the book. It is what usually spurs Nya to action, the need to protect her sister. What I like about Tali versus Prim, is that we get to see Tali grow into her own. Yes, Prim isn't a complete pushover by the end of the series, but she never quite gets to step out of her sister's shadow. Tali, on the other hand is as much hero as victim. While Nya may see her sister and someone who needs to be protected, Tali is not satisfied in this role and others see that about her as well.
Best of all, by the end of the book, it feels like we have only just begun. There are clearly more mysteries and horrors to be revealed. Though I know it won't be for a while, I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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.
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.
I absolutely loved the second half of this book! Nya is back and more kick butt than ever. She is such a strong character who will risk anything for the people she loves. The magic gets way more intense on this book add does the adventure, making it a wild ride. The plot twists are so incredible and keep you on the edge of your seat. I love the writing and the characters in this story and Hardy had found a special place in my nerdy book loving heart forever. The last couple of chapters will have you holding your breath in anticipation. As I finished the last sentence, I knew I would be up late reading the third book that night.
Did you notice above how I said I loved the second half of this book? That's because the first half drove me up a wall. It was everything I've come to hate about middle books in a trilogy. All the in depth explanations to answer any questions in the first book and basically prepping you for the third. While this tends to be a necessary evil of a trilogy, it was done with such little finesse that I wanted to pull my hair out. It was like reading a data collection report that just dragged on forever. Honestly, if the second half of the book wasn't as phenomenal as it was, I don't think I would have continued in the series.
All in all, in was a pretty good sequel and I look forward to the next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is an entertaining read. I like how the protagonist learns and grows into her powers. As the theme throughout the series, I enjoy watching her grapple with her ethics in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Krysti
Though not as excting as Book One in the trilogy, It felt a bit slow in places and a little anti-climactic. Wanted more of duel between the Main Character and the Duke. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jazzyjinx
This was an awesome book it is a little sad and preferably for 9 and up.again awesome and cool funny it teaches you two be strong and smart about different things such as bullying... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Grgvxv
I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter, she really enjoys reading the trilogy. look forward to more great books by this author.Published on April 1, 2013 by Lenora Abbott
This was another awesome book loved every dot and detail about the book I recommend it to all readers. Thanks.Published on March 15, 2013 by Noooooooo
I read the first shifter book, and thought it was pretty good. Never one to leave a story unfinished, I wanted to read the sequel. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Blue Fire will not disappoint! This second book in the Healing Wars series is both captivating and intense. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Angela_785
I was very excited when i bought this book as i had already purchased the first one and was eager to continue reading this series. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Natasha