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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Healer’s Touch, Llew, a young pickpocket, possesses the ability to heal herself from any injury including a gruesome one such as healing oneself back to life after dying by hanging. However, her healing ability demands a price every time Llew uses it, which will cost someone else that happens to be near her. Jonas, the sole survivor of a warrior race, is a man haunted by his dark past. His cursed knife remains at his side as a painful remainder – it is also the only thing that can kill Llew permanently. This epic fantasy tale is written by Deb E. Howell.
Through her elegant prose, Howell remains a master of mood and place consistently from start to finish. Her Western-flavored fantasy setting is imaginatively, and to some extent historically, fascinating. One thing you cannot deny Howell: she certainly is an excellent writer. The prose is so sharp, you do not simply read about the characters but emotionally relate to them deeply. I am also impressed with the concept of the story; Llew able to heal herself by stealing someone else’s energy and heals other people by using her own energy in return. Honestly, I like it better when Llew is on her own, taking care of herself cunningly, albeit often edging into dangerous situations. I was not too happy when Jonas came into her life but he grew on me as I kept reading. All in all, Healer’s Touch is one of those books that surprises you, just when you think you have read it all as a fantasy genre enthusiast.