The Bonemender

The Bonemender

by Holly Bennett

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Overview

Gabrielle is a bonemender of extraordinary talent. Between her work as a healer and her duties as one of the royal family of Verdeau, her life is busy, comfortable and predictable—until the day a stranger arrives at her gate, desperately seeking help for his injured friend. To Gabrielle's wonder, they are Elves, a people not seen in Verdeau in many years. And they bring news of a coming invasion that threatens the freedom of the entire Krylian basin, human and Elvish alike. As Verdeau arms for war, Gabrielle must mobilize the bonemenders and prepare herself for the nightmarish work of battlefield healing. But what awaits her on that bloody field is worse than anything she has imagined. And what is she to do with the love in her heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551433363
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Series: The Bonemender , #1
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Holly Bennett is the author of numerous young adult novels, all published by Orca. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, where she enjoys singing, being in nature, hanging out with her family, Scrabble and, of course, reading. For more information, visit www.hollybennett.ca.

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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."

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The Bonemender 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle, princess of DesChenes, is also a bonemender (healer) with unusual magical healing abilities. Aged 27, she has never found true love - but her parents aren't too worried as they already have grandchildren through her brother's marriage. One day the elf, Féolan, arrives on the castle doorstep with his seriously injured friend, Danaïs. The elves have not been seen in many years and were thought by some to have died out. Grateful to find such an accomplised healer, the elves bring news of a hostile army massing to the north. Gabrielle and Féolan soon realise that they have feelings for each other, but how can that be given that an elf's lifespan is many hundred years more than a humans.... A quick read, but an enjoyable one for fantasy readers. I did feel that the story could have been fleshed out more and I would have liked more attention given to character devlopment, but overall a good story.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the simplicity of this fantasy world - no overwrought magic system, no court intrigue, even the elves are very like people, only longer lived. The story follows Gabrielle, healer and princess, as she saves a wounded elf. Alas, the elves bring news of coming war. The story is gentle - every time I expect a conflict, none appears. I enjoyed the individual characters very much, but aside from the obvious threat of war, I didn't feel fear for any of them, I was sure they'd all be fine at the end of the story.It almost feels as if the author liked the people too much to place them in any real danger.
jwhalen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fantasy novel that tales into the ream of healing, Elves, and the battle of the world outside
wiremonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is it a proper review if you just say, "it was okay?" Probably not. Unfortunately, that is how I felt about this book. The Lord of the Ring influences were a little too glaring, especially when it came to describing the elves. The protagonist, Gabrielle, a 27 year old, uniquely gifted "bonemender", is also a little too perfect. She is hard to like, she is so perfect. Beautiful, smart, serious but with sense of humour, incredibly giving and devoted and loyal in her affections, she has no flaw. And that is annoying. As well the book suffers a little bit of a "and then this happened" syndrome, as the characters in the book are already so wise, loving, etc... that there is no room for any growth. The action happens, they react in of course the proper way and everybody lives happily ever after. Even the surprise or the mystery of Gabrielle's birth comes as no great revelation. Although I have some family members who loved this book (one of them being in the reality version of the bonemender profession herself) I won't say that this book does not have an audience. It is just not the best example to give a budding reader of this genre of literature.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I like a fantasy book, then that's saying something and I did like this. It blended romance, war, fantasy and the healing arts to great effect.
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Bookwormie-_- More than 1 year ago
If your looking for a book that will be unforgettable. This isn't it. How ever, if your looking for a fun book, with good characters, a believable plot, danger, excitement, joy, and a little touch of love. You will like this book. It's one you can read again and again and enjoy it each time. The whole series is like that.
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This book is so great it has so suspensfull. I started to read it at 9:00pm and could not stop until 4:00am when i finished. Sometimes i was scared i would wake somebody up because i would burst out in happieness from what i had read. This is such a great book i can not get over it!