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KLIATTLady Gabrielle, of the Kingdom of Verdeau, is a bonemender—a 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 touch—touch 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: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Orca, 203p. map., Ages 12 to 18.