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The Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 5, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Healing Wars Series

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Gr 6-8–Mysterious relationships and unacknowledged royal heirs emerge in Hardy's neo-futuristic sequel to The Shifter (HarperCollins, 2009). Because of her ability to shift pain, 15-year-old Nya is highly valuable to the evil dictator ruling her kingdom. She is even more coveted than the other healers, yet she and her underground revolutionary friends risk their freedom to fight the Duke's wrongful power. While selling goods at the markets, she tries to help a desperate street urchin and gets captured by rogue kidnappers. She is taken to the capital city, where her captors intend to collect the bounty on her head from the Duke. After escaping, Nya is determined to save her imprisoned friends and sister. A series of high-stakes adventures ensues, with the teen using her unique ability to harness pain as her greatest weapon. Nya is a strong and capable heroine who struggles with moral dilemmas throughout this fantasy, yet the story falls flat. More questions are raised than answered, and readers may be confused by the complex rules and unexplained entities. Action sequences and the progression through time are awkward. All in all, this book is disappointing.Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
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Nya confronts impossible moral choices as she fights. Relentless, gripping adventure (Kirkus Reviews )

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 )
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: The Healing Wars (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061747416
  • ASIN: B0057D9N58
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whereas the Warrior Heir might not fall into my top ten list, the Healing Wars just might. Shifter, the first book in the series, was one of the first children's books I read last year and I liked it immediately. I've always been a sucker for the scrappy, raised from humble beginnings type story (loved the Hunger Games!) so this one had a lot going for it right from the start and it did not disappoint.

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.
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By Airlock on September 6, 2010
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As a HUGE fan of Hardy's The Shifter I was extremely anxious to delve into the continuation to Nya's story. Nya is one of those rare characters that comes along that a reader can't help but root for. She is feisty, determined and undeniably brave. I loved every second of this action-packed fantasy thrill ride. Readers will certainly need to purchase The Shifter beforehand as this is NOT a stand-alone novel. This seems to pick up almost immediately where we left off in the first book with our main characters trying to elude the soldiers and to steer clear of The Duke and his corrupt & maniacal ways. Nya is a rebel & a Hero jammed into one phenomenally well-rounded young girl. I can't wait to continue reading and learning more about her in the next installment! Janice Hardy has completely captivated me with this series. It would fill any fan of The Hunger Games need for YA adventure!!
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I highly recommend that you read The Shifter (The Healing Wars: Book I) before you read this book.

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.
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My Review:
4 Stars

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.

The Love
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.

The Hate
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.
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