5 out of 5 Stars
Healer's Touch by Deb E Howell
From the age of eleven Llew have been picking pockets and surviving on her own. Her father and mother gone, she has no one to care for her. Now a young woman Llew disguises as a boy to try and avoid trouble with men and stay alive.
But Llew has a secret she kept to herself, that is until her town hangs her for murder. With the secret revealed Llew runs from the authorities. She died and came back to life. She runs into two men and their friends. Having met them before Llew is cautious. She did steal the ones knife and he did take it back, with force.
She is offered to journey with them to another town. Believing that she is a boy the extra hand is welcomed. But as the journey continues her secrets starts slipping out and Jonas is there to pick them up with ease. He kills people like her, hates people like her – Healers the unkillables. But fate had other plans for both of them.
Ones in a while you find a book with characters in it that cannot be ignored. I found these in many series that became my favorites. I found characters that grabbed at my heart and forced me to journey with them. I found another book to add to this list. Its Healer's Touch.
From the first chapter Llew grabs hold of your heart and you are there fighting with her. Then comes Jonas and I found myself sometimes wishing I could reach into the book and slap him. Jonas was a frustrating character that demanded you either hate him or start loving him. I was relieved that it ended in love. There where many moments when I felt heartbroken for Llew. She has a really shitty journey that not many woman would have survived so easily. Just like Mac from the Fever Series, Roza from the Vampire Academy Series and so many more, Llew leaves her touch on you when your done with this book. You will think about her for a long time to come. So young and innocent her fight for survival had started, she faced so many bad things and yet there she was standing up and fighting back. There she was saving others, even after all the bad crap that she had to endure.
Again referring to the Fever series she falls for the one guys that can and wants to kill her. Its a brutal start for her, but I am so glad the author had pity on me to end it so beautiful. I must admit I was stressing real bad of how this plot was going to turn out. But this is just the beginning, Llew's just getting started and there is a mountain of payback coming to Braph and his allies. Deb E Howell you have a new stalker, and I cant wait for the next book to be released. Well done and a well deserved 5 stars from me.
Quote from the book: “No Aenuks don't come back from the dead,” Jonas muttered. “No. Aenuks don't. Just how bad was it?” “I think I died. Again.”
For Llew, a young pickpocket who lives on the streets of a Wild-West mining town, the real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them across the badlands. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen, desperate bandits, and the enmity of her own companions should they find out who and what she is: a girl, a fugitive, and a feared Healer. One of the fighters, Jonas, possesses superhuman prowess as a warrior, and carries the knife able to 'kill the unkillable'; the knife that can kill Llew. Despite being of races at war for centuries, they are drawn to one another.
About The Author:
Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness... then traded both for fiction.
Deb lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with her family and a menagerie of pets