Series: Healer #1
Published by Mira on January 1, 2012
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
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Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos. Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life…
A young woman finds herself falling in with a group of men intent on saving their dying friend, although the price could be her life. Let’s review!
I absolutely loved this book. The world building was interesting without being cumbersome, while the characters were intriguing and unique. Told in first person, Avry’s unreliable perspective added mystery to an otherwise straightforward plot. Speaking of Avery, I really loved her spunk and resiliency. She is definitely one of my book girl crushes! Sparks fly between the two potential love interests, which I always find entertaining. The ending highlights where the series may go moving forward without giving too much away.
Fair warning, some scenes in the book may turn readers off. This book had several scenes depicting violence against women and children.
tl;dr Strong heroine, political intrigue, and a slow burn romance make this a must read.