Healer's Touch


Fiction - Fantasy - General
366 Pages
Reviewed on 12/08/2013
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Author Biography

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 nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction.

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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.