Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Shifter-By Janice Hardy

'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?'

The Shifter, or The Pain Merchant, is the first book in the Healing Wars series by Janice Hardy. I knew from the first page that I would like this book. It started with Nya narrating, talking about how to steal an egg from a chicken. Since I have had to deal with chickens on many occasions(I almost got attacked by a rooster today), I formed an instant bond with Nya.
Click HERE for a excerpt from The Shifter.

I have been lucky to find so many great books lately, this is one such book. I love how it was written, Janice Hardy is a great author. The world was so detailed, the storyline so dark, filled to the brim with drama, the characters lovable and easy to connect with. There was nothing I didn't love about this book. If you haven't read it already, you need to.

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