My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a great start to a new series.
Maria has done a fantastic job with Avry, she is stubborn, flawed, hasty yet compassionate and loyal. Her flaws make her stronger and the interactions she has with the other characters show a great character development throughout the book. We go from a scared, just about given up Healer to a raring I want to live Healer.
The premise of the story is an interesting one. A plague has spread through out the kingdoms and Healers were blamed for it, hence the hunting and killing of Healers through out the world. Avry is one of the only ones left. What is even more interesting is that when the Healers heal someone they take the person's sickness/injuries into themselves and suffer the scars and consquences. Avry is about to be killed for healing a child, when she is broken out of prison and kidnapped so she can heal a prince.
One of my favourite characters was Belen - he had such a protective instinct for all the band. Kerrick was well written as was the rest of the characters. The story flowed along nicely, with action scenes and talking scenes all being balanced.
This is a fantastic series and I can't wait to read the second book when it is released!!
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