The Healing Wars: Book III: Darkfall

The Healing Wars: Book III: Darkfall

by Janice Hardy


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The Healing Wars: Book III: Darkfall by Janice Hardy

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061747502
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Healing Wars , #3
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.37(d)
Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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Healing Wars 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Silvermoss More than 1 year ago
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. (:
Hauntedtower More than 1 year ago
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
AnnaCatherine More than 1 year ago
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
allreb More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Nya is on the run from the Duke of Baseer's trackers for a crime she didn't intend to commit. The Duke is using Healers to make an unstoppable army, and Nya is determined to stop him. But with trackers after her, it isn't easy to hide, and Nya finds herself trapped in a place she never wanted to be and having to trust people she isn't sure she should. Nya's adventures in BLUE FIRE were even more thrilling than they were in THE SHIFTER. THE HEALING WARS novels are off to a great start. Hardy's characterization is well-balanced with tension and excitement in the plot, which makes it hard to put down. I look forward to the third book in the series and discovering how far Nya will go to save those she loves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
allreb More than 1 year ago
Blue Fire is the sequel to The Shifter. In it, Nya and her friends are still wanted by the Duke for some nefarious purpose - and when her friends are arrested, Nya has to sneak into enemy territory to try to get them back. This book had essentially all of the same strengths as the first did: Nya's voice is strong and fun, high stakes, and great worldbulding. Seriously - worldbuilding is a huge part of my love of sci fi and fantasy, and Hardy does a great job in Blue Fire of creating a whole new city with its own personality, distinct from that in the first book, while making them feel like part of the same world overall. She also really gets into exploring Nya's healing powers. She lets healing be a power that's as morally dubious as the person who uses it, and goes further into its uses than most authors (for example, creepy soldiers who can heal themselves in the midst of battle by shifting their pain into their armor). That said, I found it hard to keep track of what Nya's skills actually do. She's not a "normal" healer, so her abilities are different and harder to pin down, and she discovers new facets on occasion. I was also pretty lost by the climax. Now, I admit I do tend to skim looking for dialogue and action (terrible habit, I know, but breaking it after so long is not easy!) but I went back and reread when I realized I was lost. and still couldn't quite work it out. I was a little confused by the first book's climax, too, but afterwards it had a handy, "This is what that means," paragraph so I got it. In Blue Fire, I was left going, ".huh?" (That said, I appreciate that at least Hardy doesn't talk down to her readers.) However, the denouncement and the cliffhanger at the end were great. I think the very last section adds a lot of depth to the supporting cast, and I can't wait to see the how everything plays out when the series ends.
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Very pleased hiw they continued the story. Not dissapoimted at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED the first book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!! All i can say is that that wad a amazing book!!!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!
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Angela_785 More than 1 year ago
Blue Fire will not disappoint! This second book in the Healing Wars series is both captivating and intense. Nya is a hero to root for in every way--loyal, tough and inventive, stopping at nothing to save the Takers who have been captured by the Duke to be used in terrible life-draining experiments. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good fantasy adventure, and who is looking for a different take on magic. I loved this book as much as The Shifter!
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ooglyboogly More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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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