Darkfall (Healing Wars Series #3)

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War has come.

Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it.

With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, she ...

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The Healing Wars: Book III: Darkfall

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Overview

War has come.

Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it.

With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, she fears she never will.

The Duke, desperate to reclaim the throne as his own, has rallied his powerful army. And they are on the move, destroying anyone who gets in the way.

To save her sister, her family, and her people, Nya needs to stay ahead of the Duke’s army and find a way to build one of her own. Past hurts must be healed, past wrongs must be righted, and Nya must decide: Is she merely a pawn in the rebellion, a symbol of hope—or is she ready to be a hero?

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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
Praise for BLUE FIRE: A thrilling, complex saga.
Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books
Praise for THE SHIFTER“The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE SHIFTER: The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE SHIFTER: The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages.
The Horn Book
Praise for BLUE FIRE“A thrilling, complex saga.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE SHIFTER“The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages.”
VOYA - Grace Enriquez
War has finally erupted in the Three Territories. Having almost killed the unscrupulous Duke of Baseer, who is bent on controlling the kingdom, Nya is in hiding with other underground revolutionaries. She waits for news of her kidnapped sister, Tali, or any strategic decisions about how to defeat the Duke's army. However, Nya's notoriety as a shifter—one who can extract pain from the sick and wounded and transfer it to another person—spreads quickly, and she fears her presence continues to endanger her friends, family, and the people of Geveg. To save Tali and her homeland, Nya must return to Geveg and beat the duke at his own game, even if it means using her abilities to inflict widespread pain on both friend and foe. The plot of Darkfall, book three in The Healing Wars series, is riveting and fast paced, and ethical dilemmas about life, death, suffering, and sacrifice continue to haunt Nya. She remains a likeable protagonist—resolute and damaged enough to justify her decisions without turning her into the caricature of a martyr. Other characters are intriguing as well: villains from the previous two books attempt to make amends, and those on the side of the rebellion do not always have the best intentions. Readers who have forgotten some details from the earlier books or who are new to the trilogy may find the events and explanations a bit difficult to follow, as not enough background information or reminders are provided. Darkfall is a thrilling novel and a satisfying resolution to a gripping series. Reviewer: Grace Enriquez
Kirkus Reviews

In this final installment ofThe Healing Warsseries, warrior Nya desperately searches for her missing sister while fighting to preserve her heritage even as the Duke of Baseer prepares to invade Geveg.

Fifteen-year-old Nya, her sweetheart Danello and compatriots in the underground resistance hide on a farm after Nya destroys the Duke's palace in Baseer by flashing pain. Notorious for her unique ability to shift and push pain, Nya secretly returns to Geveg hoping to find her sister, Tali. When a corps of Undying, the Duke's mindless soldiers trained to endure and inflict pain, attack Nya, Tali is among them. Devastated to discover her alien, brainwashed sister, Nya fears Tali will never be the same. With the Duke's forces approaching, Nya's reputation as a fighter rallies Geveg's embattled citizens, who embrace her as the leader they desperately need. Tempted to take Tali and flee, Nya can't deny her heritage and, with help from her friends and allies, reluctantly prepares to defend her city. A conflicted, complex heroine to the end, Nya anguishes over the potential pain and death she will trigger to preserve what she loves.

Though lacking some of the punch and rapid-fire excitement of the first two volumes, the finale offers suspense, resolution of prior wrongs, the sweetness of first love and a battle-tested heroine who fights with her head and heart.(Fantasy. 10-16)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061747502
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Healing Wars Series , #3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 351,736
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy is also the author of The Shifter and Blue Fire, the first two books in the Healing Wars trilogy. She lives in Georgia with her husband, four cats, and one nervous freshwater eel.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Amazing..

    This series may belong under 'children's book', but her words, and story, has captured me, and unlike others, Janice Hardy has really reach out to others, especially with the themes and motifs in her stories. I shall forever thank the day I found the first book, "The Shifter," and even as I grow older, the thrill and excitement that this series gives me, shall ever remain every time I read them. (:

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    I SO EXCITED TO READ THIS

    This is one of the best series EVER!!!! The first two books were amazing and I am sooo excited to read this. I only hope that staying up till midnight was worth it. I recommend this book to any fiction lover

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    The shifter series

    Wow. I am down right SHOCKED that Janice Hardy hasnt achieved James Patterson level of fame (at least) these are the freaking best books EVER (other than Lightning Theif) if you like Witch and Wizard by James Patterson or Percey Jackson and the Olympian series MUST READ

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    VERY good series conclusion!

    I won't lie: I was a little bit wary going into it. I don't know if it's just my bad luck as a reader, or if there's a problem endemic to YA, but at least four trilogies I've read in recent years have ended with fizzles rather than bangs, even when the first two and a half books have been great. So I am pleased to report: it does not fizzle! After spending two and a half books building up how evil the Duke is, building to a war, and building up Nya's character, the conclusion shines where other books. uh, didn't so much. It probably isn't fair to do a one-to-one comparison, but without naming any names (ahem) there was a trilogy that concluded last year where an impoverished teenage girl's main goal was to save her little sister, and as she tried to accomplish that she became the symbol of a rebellion against an oppressive government. I bring this up because some of the pitfalls of that particular book are also elements in play in Darkfall, but here they turn out solidly. The stakes of the war are equally deadly here - terrible things happen, battles are lost, and people die. Some of it is even Nya's fault. But even when bad things are happening, Nya never checks out; and even when she's being used as a figurehead, she never loses her agency. She's the one who decides to play along with questionable leaders, even when things don't feel right, and then she has to deal with the consequences. In my review of Blue Fire (the middle book in the series), I mentioned that I had a hard time tracking what happened at the climaxes in the first two books. That was actually not the case in this one - there was a heck of a lot of action happening near the end, but I never lost track of what was going on with Nya's powers and the Duke's weapons. Aside from improving on what I found to be the previous book's main weakness, the conclusion maintained all of its strengths: the worldbuilding is great, Nya's voice is strong and she's fun to read about, and the story is compelling. The only tiny quibble I had was that I don't think we got to know one of the characters who died very well beforehand, so it didn't have quite the impact it should have. That's an extremely minor complaint, though. The book is a solid five cupcakes, leaving the series as a whole at four and a half.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    This book is awesome

    I love these books! I stayed up till one fifteen finnishing the first one and i finnished the second one the day i got it. You NEED to read these books!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Book

    Very good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Love it!!!!

    I have not gotten this book yet, but I have the other two. This series is amazing and I can not wait to read this one. If you are looking for another amazing series to read, check out the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Goid Good

    Very pleased hiw they continued the story. Not dissapoimted at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Review

    I absolutely LOVED the first book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Amazing!

    Wow!!!!! All i can say is that that wad a amazing book!!!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    I thought this book was amazing, her characters stuck to their p

    I thought this book was amazing, her characters stuck to their personalities and the plot was carried through the entire way. I liked that Talia wasn't healed completely when she was found, that Janice Hardy let you know that not everything can be fixed perfectly right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Excellent conclusion to the Healing Wars series. All the pieces

    Excellent conclusion to the Healing Wars series. All the pieces weave together well without feeling forced. Nya's actions ring true, especially when she's making mistakes and trying deal with people's adulation. The symmetry between her healing Danello and facing the Duke is a nice touch, and both Tali's and Aylin's reactions to their situations bring added depth. If anything, this third book is even more complex and action packed than the first two, making it a read I couldn't put down.

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