The Healing Wars (Paperback)
Book I: The Shifter
Balzer + Bray, 9780061747083, 400pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Fifteen-year-old 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 Healer’s 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 from person to 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 purpose. 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?
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.
Praise For The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter…
— Kirkus Reviews
Nya’s distinctive first-person voice, strongly personable with a wry sense of humor, draws readers in…[the] hard-charging plot makes the pages fly by...Would you save someone’s life at the cost of unbearable pain to someone else?[Readers] will eagerly await the next volume of the Healing Wars.
— The Horn Book
The headstrong Nya and the innovative premise...keep readers turning the pages.
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Fantasy fans and those who just love a good story will enjoy this fast-paced novel and eagerly await book two.
— School Library Journal