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Healer's Touch
     

Healer's Touch

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by Deb E. Howell
 

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For Llew to heal, something must die.

Llew, a young pickpocket who lives as a boy on the streets of a wild-west mining town, finds her real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them across the badlands. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen,

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For Llew to heal, something must die.

Llew, a young pickpocket who lives as a boy on the streets of a wild-west mining town, finds her real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them across the badlands. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen, desperate bandits and, the enmity of her own companions should they find out who and what she is: a girl, a fugitive, and a feared Healer. One of the fighters, Jonas, possesses superhuman prowess as a warrior, and carries the knife able to 'kill the unkillable'; the knife that can kill Llew. Despite being of races at war for centuries, they are drawn to one another.
During the journey, they encounter Braph the magician, Jonas' half-brother and potential nemesis. He pursues them as they journey across the sea to the continent of Phyos and at the moment Llew finally feels safe, he abducts her. He begins to take what is most precious to him: her blood.

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ISBN-13:
9781909845060
Publisher:
Grimbold Books
Publication date:
01/31/2013
Edition description:
Second
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Healer's Touch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book wasn't the very best fantasy story I've read, for a first book from a new author, I think it's very entertaining. I liked it enough to go looking for the next book. Isn't that really what a good book does? Make you hunger for more?
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
4.5 Outstanding Stars!  A Fantastic Infusion of Fantasy, Realism and Romance! I loved it!  I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. The Rundown:  In the town of Cheer, Llew, a young female orphan who uses a boyish disguise as a survival tool, lives a lonely existence surfing the streets as a pickpocket. She’s different from most people and this all comes home to her after a harrowing attack one night that leaves her for dead. Only she doesn’t die. Shocked, Llew continues on with her life of pick pocketing until she picks the wrong pocket and run across an intimidating yet attractive stranger. But he is on his own mission and pays very little attention to Llew, dismissing her with a warning. Her gift comes in handy once more after she is hanged for a murder she did not commit and throws the town into chaos when she wakes from what should have been a permanent death. Knowing she needs to skip town before she’s caught again, she ventures out on her own but soon realizes her plan of escape with no provisions was folly. Llew quickly happens across a traveling bunch who accepts her into their fold, including the infamous Jonas who bested her on the streets of Cheer. Friendships are soon made, but as she gets to know the unsociable Jonas better, she realizes he is Syakara, a race of people who destroy her kind, Syaenuk. So Llew is forced to keep her gift of self healing a secret. But secrets have a way of coming out as Llew is faced with enemies coming from all sides. One wanting to breed her, one wanting to destroy her and one wanting to study her but all wanting to strip her freedom from her. And on top of all this, there’s an enemy who’s tracking and attacking their group so he can get Llew’s blood for his own magical purposes. With all this going on, it’s hard to trust anyone and she finds herself having to trust the one person who should have killed her on sight.  The Review:  Deb E. Howell comes out swinging! Her debut novel, Healers Touch is book one in the Touch series and I have to say, I was completely immersed in this thrilling adventure and captivated by these exciting characters. The intriguing and violent world the author creates is unparalleled in its rustic simplicity. It had a fantasy yet realistic feel as the author blends these elements seamlessly into her backdrop. The scenery, the names of characters and places and the mythology behind the world building were all wound together to create a gripping tale of would-be friends journeying across treacherous lands while romance is in the air and enemies at the gate. And the writing was brilliant! I can’t say enough about the chilling imagery of certain scenes and the horrific events introduced in this story. I simply couldn’t put this book down and I most certainly can’t wait for book two! Characters… I loved that the main characters were sworn enemies. I’m a sucker for “opposites attract” or “forbidden love” stories and these two characters were definitely on opposite sides. But I loved the mythology woven into this forbidden tale because when it’s all laid out for the reader, you can’t help but root for the budding couple. Llew is unique, remarkable and inspiring. Her character went through an assortment of appalling events but she stays determined and resilient as her moral compass never wavers. I loved Llew. I loved that she could be rough and tough with the boys and sweet and pretty with the girls. And the fact she never complained and had a strong will to live even when things seemed dire only endeared her to me more. She was the ultimate heroine. Jonas is an imposing Syakara warrior with a traumatic past. He’s serious, commanding and he fights for the Quaven army to rid the world of Aenuks. But when he meets Llew, he fights his ingrained hatred of her race to try and see past the surface to the soul underneath the title. I adored this character. Jonas encompassed the best of what we love in our heroes. He has extraordinary fighting skills and is affecting with his sincerity and loyalty. I loved his instant connection with Llew even when he tried to deny his feelings.  The sub-characters ensured there wasn’t a dull moment in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed keeping time with them as they forged reliable friendships to one another throughout their travels. The Wrap Up:  There were many intricate weavings in this incredible story with so many things going on and they all connect with an impressive imagery and wondrous tale. The combination of powerful world building, unique fantasy drama with a wild-west feel and skillful and compelling writing will definitely have me coming back for more. Book two, Warrior’s Touch (Touch #2), is in the works slated to come out sometime this year (2013) and I’ll be eagerly waiting for the journey of Llew and Jonas to continue. Bravo Deb E. Howell for an awesome debut novel and thank you so much for allowing me to participate in this amazing adventure!
DABALE More than 1 year ago
First off I'd like to clarify the rating as a 3 1/2 star (if anyone knows how to make a half star, I'd appreciate the hint). There were several things I liked about this novel and several things I believe could be strengthened. This is really a fantasy novel in a fantasy world, not a wild-west or steampunk setting. I understand the western themed moniker to give it a semblance of time and setting, but I think that reference in the book blurb (on GoodReads) is misleading. There are characters with special powers I found very interesting, particularly the healer's touch component that our protagonist, Llew, possesses. Llew is a teenaged orphan, living on the streets of Cheer (a misnomer) as a boy since her father disappeared. One night she is attacked when a man realizes she is a woman. When Llew tries to fight him off, he starts slashing at her with a broken bottle. However, each time he slashes at her and she touches him to fight off the attack, a transfer of life occurs and Llew is healed. Eventually she passes out, realizing the connection she maintained with the man sucked the life out of him to heal her - and his lifeless body lay beside her. When the townspeople of Cheer realize a murdering witch is in their midst, Llew is forced to flee into the unknown. Along the way, she encounters a group of wealthy adventurers escorting a young woman to another land to meet her betrothed. They agree to take her on as another protector - and for the time being Llew's secret is safe. But the traveling troupe has many secrets of their own, the warrior Jonas being more than a distraction. This wasn't a story that kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning, but it was one that kept me coming back over the course of several days as I had availability. So without giving away too much, here we go. The first third of the book was interesting as I got to know Llew and her predicament, her strong and determined personality, and as she grew more aware - and sometimes frightened - of her strange power. The last third was both exciting and heartbreaking as Llew fought for her freedom, her life, and for the lives of others. The main problem I had was with the middle third, as it got bogged down and at times felt as if the author had lost direction. The characters even changed in odd ways and didn't stay true to what they were at the beginning and end. One of the most irritating was the changing speech patterns of several characters, in particular Jonas. He had disappearing and reappearing accents that varied throughout the story. In the beginning he carried a normal speech pattern, and then suddenly he sounded like a southerner from Texas, then the Bayou, and then back to no discernible accent. The middle could be cut waaay back without losing any significant aspect of the story. Then, besides Llew, there was little development of any other character to give the reader a sense of depth, motivations, and more than one-dimensional representation. I think this would have helped the middle section from feeling so wooden and would have also made our antagonist feel more like a flesh and blood man instead of a spoiled brat throwing a temper-tantrum. There were very few editing errors and point-of-view stayed fairly strong without jumping around from character to character in the midst of a scene (bravo and thank you, Ms. Howell!!!). In the end, I think the story ended on an appropriate note and made me interested in continuing with the next leg of Llew's journey.
NightlyNookReader More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next in the series, but was almost turned off enough by the first chapters to stop reading.  The life of a child who is living on the street could be like this book depicts, but the language and rape attempts did not draw me in to the story or help me connect with the character. The book goes on to do a great job.of telling an intersting story, though, and perhaps the author meant for the circumstances of the main character at the beginning to contrast with later in the book but little was done to highlight this comparison.  Overall... loved storyline and twists it took. Not recommended for.younger readers .
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waiting for the next one.
lunatikchik More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story, can't wait for your next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had my diubts about this book, but loved it from the start. I hated to put it down. I absoultly loved it from beinning to end and can't wait to start the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has amazing characters and a beautiful yet dark story in the drama. Love Anya as the one who keeps supporting Llewella. Cant wait for the next book!!!!!! Soooo looking forward to it. The Warriors touch book will be great!! Cant wait to read it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book, only problem it left me hanging at the end. I have to check to see if there is a second book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a fantastic book! I will admit, I was hesitant to read it due to the cover (I know! I know!) but so glad I did. I was pulled in from the very beginning, and couldn't put this one down. well developed characters with an original and excellent story line. anxiously awaiting book 2!
Cherie47 More than 1 year ago
I could hardly put this book down. Hope the next one comes out soon.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on my book and it was great. I couldn't wait to read the second one, Warriors Touch. Unfortunately, it isn't available on Nook or Google Play. It's on Kindle! That is why only 3 stars, otherwise it would be 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great adventure! I enjoyed every page...you just can't help but fall in love with these characters...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! Can't wait for the next book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's just say, I hope there's a sequel :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Llew is a great character, the rest I'm looking forward to get to know better. Aris stands out in that regard. "Tell the love story" stands out, quite regular in that respect. I did stay up all night and most of the day when I should have been sleeping. So I think this rates as "one of those books". I was very disappointed not to see the next one waiting for me to buy though. Don't keep us waiting too long. Please?
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Would really like to read the next book, so when does it come out???? Loved the book