Canadian Children's Book News
"A truly beautiful story that will stay in your mind well after the last page has been read."
This is one compelling book.
Parent and kid will both be talking about The Bonemender, for sure.
"This first novel by Holly Bennett is well-written and fast-paced. It will appeal to teenaged readers who are looking for a good story in the fantasy genre."
"Totally engaging, and peopled with interesting and engaging characters, The Bonemender is a strongly told, highly readable, and very enjoyable fantasy."
"A captivating fantasy tale that delivers warm, believable characters who continue to develop throughout the book...Readers will no doubt anxiously await the sequel...Highly Recommended."
CD Syndicated - Chris DeVito
"This is one compelling book."
"Parent and kid will both be talking about The Bonemender, for sure."
Lady Gabrielle, of the Kingdom of Verdeau, is a bonemendera healer. Bonemenders are not common and among bonemenders, Gabrielle is quite extraordinary. Daughter to King Jerome and Queen Solange, Gabrielle has powers to heal through touchtouch and an intense physical concentration of her thoughts and energy. When a strange traveler named Denais is attacked by a wild boar, his companion Feolan is able to get him to Gabrielle. She immediately senses something is different about these men, but accepts them into her kingdom and heals Denais as she would any other man. Feolan ultimately tells Gabrielle and her family they are Elves, and during their scouting mission they discovered that enemies of Verdeau are mounting an attack to take over the territories. In this story of good vs. evil there is also love, loss, pain, discovery, and intense grief. The lines of fantasy and reality are wonderfully blurred as readers are enveloped in the sounds, smells, and emotions of battle and the pull of ties among family and friends. This story, with a Lord of the Rings feel to it, will appeal to fantasy and adventure fans alike. Told through alternating views within Verdeau, the enemy's camp, and the Elvish world, there are many twists and surprises to keep readers turning the pages and awaiting the sequel, The Bonemender's Oath. KLIATT Codes: JSRecommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Orca, 203p. map., Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-When Gabrielle meets Feolan and Danais, who are elves, Danais has been horribly gored by a boar. A trained healer, she tends to him with no thought of their differences. When her father, the king of Verdeau, meets with Feolan, he learns that their mutual ancient enemy, the Greffaires, plan an invasion. As Verdeau begins to gather allies to fight the coming menace, Gabrielle begins to fall in love with Feolan. But how can she be with someone who lives hundreds of years? And what is the secret that her mother has carried about Gabrielle's past? Will the elves break their centuries of solitude and help the human armies defeat the Greffaires? This is a multilayered story filled with romance, brutal battles, elves, a bit of mystery, and great characters. Bennett has created a new world with people (and elves) who have problems, flaws, and heart. Gabrielle is a wonderfully strong young woman who defies convention as she is not content to simply be a royal princess. Bennett is definitely a fantasy writer to watch.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Readers who prefer their fantasy stocked with cozily familiar situations and character types will swoon over this romantic tale of a willowy, chestnut-haired princess and her Elven lover. Along with her other notable attributes, Gabrielle DesChenes is a gifted Healer, dedicated enough to her profession to remain unmarried at 27. But into passionately requited love she falls, with elegant, point-eared Feolan, who rides into the castle one day out of legend to warn that brutish invaders are massing just over the mountains. Amid preparations for war, the two must part-Gabrielle particularly troubled by the fact that Feolan's expected lifespan is ten times her own. Bedight with formal-toned dialogue-"The wound is mending cleanly, and he did awaken earlier and speak to me"- bloody battles, medical miracles and numerous tearful partings and reunions (but no sex), this tale will delight tea-sippers of all ages. A sequel is announced, though as by the end, the invaders are routed and the two lovers betrothed, it's hard to see where the story could go. (Fantasy. 11-13)
Read an Excerpt
The man stared at her and his brow cleared. He smiled with a kind of wonderment. "You're a healer." A statement, not a question. "I never hoped to find such a one in a place like this."