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A dangerous secret. A deadly skill.

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, 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. If discovered, she could be used as a human weapon.

But one day Nya pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. She refuses - until Tali and other League Healers start disappearing mysteriously. Now Nya must decide: How far will she go to get Tali back alive?

©2009, 2011 Janice Hardy (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Healing Wars

Nice story, believable characters. Definitely worth a listen, or a read
Narration is terrific, Luci adds just the right amount of inflection etc to the different characters. A little disappointed, that the 3rd book is not available in audio.

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  • mcgregor, TX, United States
  • 05-05-14

Love this story!

What made the experience of listening to The Healing Wars, Book I: The Shifter the most enjoyable?

I have listened to this story several times and never get tired of it. Always twisting and turning.

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoy the strong yet typical teenage heroine.

What about Luci Christian’s performance did you like?

Well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Can not wait for the third book!