The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter by Janice HardyThe Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter by Janice Hardy

The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter

byJanice Hardy

Hardcover | September 28, 2009

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Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers' League apprentices, Nya's skill is flawed: She can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people.

Rumors of another war make Nya's life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she's faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?

Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers' League apprentices, Nya's skill is flawed: She can't push that pain into pynvium, the en...
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Title:The Healing Wars: Book I: The ShifterFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.9 × 1.3 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.9 × 1.3 inPublished:September 28, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061747041

ISBN - 13:9780061747045

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend this story to anyone interested in Young Adult Fantasy. Janice has created a cast of multi-dimensional characters that are faced with numerous obstacles and moral dilemmas, creating tension on every page. Fast paced and entertaining, just read it and enjoy the ride!
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining This book reminded me a lot of Maria Snyder's 'Study' series. We have Nya, our strong female lead. We have magical powers. We have different countries at war. Nonstop action. Nya has the ability to heal pain, but rather than shifting it into stone like other healers, she can 'push' it into others, making her a dangerous and unique young girl. The story follows Nya as she struggles to find out what's happened to her young sister and the rest of the city's healers, which leads her to shocking conclusions. Think of this as the younger sibling of the 'Study' series; if you liked those, I think you'll enjoy this one.
Date published: 2011-04-13

Editorial Reviews

“Fantasy fans and those who just love a good story will enjoy this fast-paced novel and eagerly await book two.” (School Library Journal)