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War has come. Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it. With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, sWar has come. Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it. With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, she fears she never will. The Duke, desperate to reclaim the throne as his own, has rallied his powerful army. And they are on the move, destroying anyone who gets in the way. To save her sister, her family, and her people, Nya needs to stay ahead of the Duke’s army and find a way to build one of her own. Past hurts must be healed, past wrongs must be righted, and Nya must decide: Is she merely a pawn in the rebellion, a symbol of hope—or is she ready to be a hero?...

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Darkfall Reviews

  • Cindy
    2018-09-21 02:01

    Darkfall is the final book in the Healing Wars Trilogy. When I first started this series I was a little uncertain about how it would pan out. The first book was a little confusing and it was hard to understand how the pain was used and what was really going on. But like all good writers Hardy learned from her mistakes and the last two books were smooth sailing. I still stand by the concept of this book is rather unique. The ability to take pain and use it as a weapon or for good just hasn't been brought out to the YA world (as far as I know). While I did feel as if this book was a great ending to the series I think there was a part lacking. The romance. Either take it out or leave it in and develop it but it just seemed so forced that it lacked any emotion or feelings from the reading. I do think there is another series that could come out of this but if it didn't pan out I'd be okay with that too. I feel the book ended on a good note and it COULD be continued but if not readers won't be disappointed.

  • Anita
    2018-08-25 00:13

    2.5 StarsIt took me three books to make a decision on what it is about this series that doesn't work for me. While this third book has a lot more action and a lot more forward progress and doesn't have a repeating story line like the first two books did, it was still a mediocre to MEH read for me. In fact, the entire world of The Healing Wars had quite the potential to become a great story, if only because there was a well-thought out story line and a decently created world with depth in culture and the people.Unfortunately, the book read like a detached, unemotional screeplay that was waiting for the actors and the director to inject excitement and feeling and bring everything to life. The characters felt detached from what they were doing and they weren't in the least likable or relatable enough for me to forgive them for being lifeless character bios on paper. At least two deaths occurred, a war happened, and the younger sister is in terrible shape... but I couldn't find a smidge of care in me to feel anything for these tragic happenings when I knew that I SHOULD at least feel SOMETHING.While I will admit that I can be a cold and calculating bitch with no compassion, I do have human emotions (contrary to popular belief), and if written well to evoke those emotions in me to present themselves, I would at least manifest my own version of sadness, pity, anger, or happiness. But the entire series of The Healing Wars never brought any of this out. The only feeling I had was relief that the story was over.Sincerely, however, I will say that the book was written well. It flowed, it progressed, and it got you from point A to point B without dilly-dallying too much on insignificant matters. This was how I was able to finish reading it, because the book wasn't terrible to read at all--it just didn't stand out, nor did I care for it.Once again, I really would just give this book (and the entire series) a simple "MEH" rating. Not good, but not bad... just okay. I don't discourage people from reading it, but it wouldn't be one of the first books at the top of my list to recommend--especially for non-fantasy readers, or non-high fantasy fans (like my best friend who thinks that high fantasy novels are boring).At the very least, I got a few answers to some of my questions and I've grown to accept the way the magic system works even if it still doesn't make sense. The world's magic logic has some gaping holes that I know will never get answered, but I can live with that. At least now I know that the people in this world do know how to use traditional means of healing--bandaging wounds, allowing cuts and bruises to heal on their own... and such--even though it is mentioned that the Healers see herbs and salves and such as an unorthodox form of healing and not "true healing", which is an interesting concept that I would have liked to see explored more if this story wasn't already long enough.My biggest complaints are really for the characters; especially Nya. Honestly, sometimes I wish Nya would just shut-up and let the experts do the war planning. Because, just because she has saved the day more than once doesn't mean that she's very good at being diplomatic and when her rash tongue starts pissing off people she shouldn't be pissing off and ruining the bigger picture for the world, then she's just being childish and needs to go away and let the adults do the negotiating. Several times she would chime in with her own two-cents and I really just wanted her to go away and find something else to play with before she ruined more chances of survival by continually being too daft to realize that there is more to saving the world than just her powers and what she can do.She got annoying really fast. So did her best friend Aylin. Aylin evoked some eye rolls from me because she just kept resurrecting old conflicts and old arguments about Nya's powers. She doesn't like that Nya uses her shifting powers to kill or torture. But, oh, it's alright if someone else came along and put a knife in the enemy's chest... because that's different than killing... with Nya's shifting powers? I just didn't understand that aspect of Aylin's repulsion over the way Nya used her powers. Because in the first book we've already established that, like it or not, there are certain ways that Nya can use her powers as a weapon and she need only learn how to use them properly.I don't know why Aylin keeps bringing this up as a means to evoke argument.Nya was written to be way too perfect as "The One" who will save the day. And honestly, she was the most complex character in the story if only because everyone else was so straight-forward and predictable that they became cardboard cut-outs in the background. There was just no life in these people.Then again, I cared little for the characters, so it doesn't bother me all too much.Simply put, The Healing Wars is a mediocre read that many people may enjoy. It's just not my cuppa.

  • Larissa
    2018-09-11 00:54

    I will do my best to keep this spoiler free, so don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet.Ah, the bittersweetness of ending a fantastic series. The final installment did not disappoint, and it had all the aspects of the other books that I enjoyed so well. There is the strong heroine first of all, and the well developed minor characters, the unique setting – I absolutely love the idea of a fantasy set in a tropical environment, and the whole moral aspect of the book where the Nya has to constantly make choices about how she should and should not use her unique powers.I will say, that if you haven’t read the other books The Shifter and Blue Fire first, you should. The author goes back to re-explain some things, but I think someone who doesn’t already know the story would be very lost.I loved the different twists and turns the plot had in the book, it was exciting and engaging, but didn’t feel forced, which is something that I’ve run into lately. The great thing about this book is that it can be compared to other YA novels that are out there, but Janice Hardy always puts her own spin on things. Because, yes, Nya could be compared to Katniss very easily, and Tali to Prim, but they really are unique and altogether different though they share certain similarities (that wasn’t a spoiler by the way, those similarities could be gleaned from previous books as well). Plus, I like reading characters that in some ways resemble each other and see how different authors approach things – which segues me to my next topic: Danello.What a breath of fresh air he is. After all the dark, mysterious, self-loathing, disturbed, picture perfect Abercrombie model love interests that have popped up on the YA scene lately, I can not tell you how great it is to have a down-to-earth, steady eddy fictional boy-friend for once. Not that I hate ALL characters who fit the former description, I do have my exceptions *cough* Jace *cough* I’m just saying it gets old after a while and it’s nice to have variety.In conclusion, this series is great if you haven’t read it I highly recommend that you do. Yes, I can hear your groaning as you look and the looming mountain on your bedstand/GoodReads account that is your TBR pile, but seriously, it’s worth it.

  • B.A. Wilson
    2018-09-01 20:57

    Wow! Fantastic!

  • Petra
    2018-08-27 01:04

    Wasn't that bad but it took me almost half a year to read it

  • Sariah Dragon
    2018-08-30 00:59

    I'd say about 3.5 to 4 stars.

  • Tylexie
    2018-09-08 01:10

    It was a great book. I want more like this series.

  • Jameyanne Fuller
    2018-09-16 00:46

    This book, this whole series, was really excellent, even on reread. It was fast. I loved the continued development of Nya's powers, especially that it was logical development, even though she didn't understand what she was doing. I loved the raw intensityof the emotions in this book. And finally a young adult series about keeping the little sister safe and that doesn't end with the little sister dying unlike some other books that will not be named. It was a great read, and I really needed that right now. I highly recommend this whole series!

  • Becky
    2018-09-09 19:13

    I read book 1 and 2 when they came into the library and got through them really quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed them and wanted more. I then found out I had to wait about a month for this one to be released and I was annoyed as well as excited. I put an order in at the library, asking them to buy it for their stock but it took longer to go through than I expected. It only came in last week. I considered just buying it a few times myself, but I really can't spend more money on books, I'm broke, so I had to wait it out.When this arrived last week I literally squealed and jumped up and down, we had some electricians in at the time and they jumped and looked at me like I was a total freak (I'm used to that look). However I had some review books to read so I couldn't start it until yesterday, grrr.When I started reading this it took me a couple of chapters to get back into the story as it continues on from book 2 and I had to remember all that had happened. It soon came back to me and once again I was drawn into the world. Unfortunately I didn't get much time to read yesterday and only got about 50 pages in, but I sat down this evening and read of the rest of the book. Once I was stuck in I couldn't put it down again.Nya is on the run on the brink of a war, her sister has been captured, people are dying and fighting and she's not sure what's the best plan of action. With her friends by her side she once more steps into the heart of danger and does her best to fight back. But enemies are multiplying in numbers and dividing in forces, there are more and more people fighting but not all for the same sides. Things are starting to get complicated. Nya has to try and stop all the fighting with the least amount of damage and try to control her Healer/Shifter powers at the same time.I really do have to say that I love Janice Hardy's writing style, there is something so fresh and fast-paced about it, it's funny, adventurous, exciting, moving, amazing, magical, empathatic and just incredible. Really I couldn't ask for more from her. The story sweeps me up and it feels like I've known Nya, Tali, Donello, Aylin and the rest of them for a long time. Like long lost friends and my heart was in my mouth for a lot of this book. It certainly packs a punch.I think this is the last book in the series (trilogy) and it certainly goes off with a bang!I was glad Tali was back more, she was always one of my favourites, I was a bit upset about some of the things that happened to her, but it made for very exciting reading and I loved how it turned out.I would have to say for me this is the best one of the series, but they are all fantastic.If you haven't read them all I suggest you add them to your list.Book 1 is 'Pain Merchants', so find a copy and get stuck in.

  • Lucinda
    2018-09-09 17:55

    An enchanting children’s/ young teen fantasy tale that is supremely magical and dreamlike. ‘Darkfall’ is the third and last installment within ‘the healing wars’ trilogy, following on from the pain merchants and blue fire. The stunning purple cover is really beautiful and I feel that this book visually caters to its target audience perfectly (the younger Young Adult reader). Full of fast-paced action, intense drama and epic battle scenes anyone who loves the fantasy genre will be delighted by this thrilling tale and heroic story. Nya must return to her homelandSave her sister – inspire a rebellion And fight for the future… Time is running out for the people of Geveg, as the Duke’s army continues to expand in an ever more violent and terrifying reign. Nya is charged with leading her people into battle, for if not her world would be abandoned into a bleak and brutal reality. Nya’s sister is in grave danger and with thousands relying on her, this is a war that ultimately will test her strength (both inner and magical ability) and her courage – for not everyone will survive. The world that Janice Hardy has created is richly detailed and very interesting, with some inspired concepts thrown in (such as shifting or taking pain from others). With a strong and likeable female protagonist this is a story full of warmth, hope and fills you with such satisfaction as to make you want to instantaneously re-read this book again. Delicately interwoven and multilayered this spectacular series beautifully blends together adventure, intelligence and depth for a magnificent outcome! I would highly recommend this trilogy to those seeking an assured narrative that will take you on an unforgettable journey, which is full of heart and poignant prose wherein colorful captivating characters bring a remarkable world to life. Amid the atmospheric narrative and intricate world-building, is a story of such substance that contains inner meaning. I am most impressed by this beguiling book, and although I do feel that it is tailored towards a younger readership, it is certainly a most enjoyable read. 3.5 stars www.janicehardy.com - Here you will find more information about ‘The Healing Wars’ and the author, as well as print-out maps of Geveg and other news.

  • Chris
    2018-09-16 20:47

    Good, but not the captivating conclusion I was hoping for. That is not because the story is flawed, simply that it does not go where I would like it to. I thank Hardy for an intriguing magic system and a fun trilogy, even if the bang it ended with didn't really echo for me.The best element in this book, and a real improvement upon the previous two, is that Nya not only has to rescue people, she has to save them. Some injuries don't bleed and actually require time to heal, not just magic. We recognize that some pain, like grief, cannot be shifted.In The Shifter I was hooked by the magic system and the humor. In Blue Fire I enjoyed the humor, the action, and a fallible heroine. But in Darkfall the humor is muted and Nya's weaknesses are fading. She never falls far enough or long enough for her redemption to be meaningful. The magic is more miraculous than useful, and the direction it takes is not what I had anticipated.Other readers may disagree, but for me Darkfall came closer to actually exploring morality than did the previous books. It doesn't quite get there, primarily because Hardy is busy building the action to live up to the war she has been promising. The war, we get; the ethics, not quite. Some of the elements that are explored (e.g. becoming an object of faith) get YA treatment, which is appropriate but does not satisfy me after reading deeper and more focused explorations (e.g. in Warbreaker and The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson).Additional "not-quite-there" elements of the book were character losses that should have been mourned longer than they were and suspicious words and deeds that should not have been ignored by secondary characters.

  • Jo
    2018-08-21 01:07

    It's a few months since I read the previous two books in The Healing Wars trilogy. I really enjoyed both of them, and was amazed at the level of world-building, character-building, and the strength of the writing in what was, after all, a "kid's book". So I went into Darkfall with high expectations.And they were completely blown out of the water.I loved this book. In fact, the strength of this book is such that the entire trilogy is painted in a new light. It's not just a great fantasy trilogy, it's hands-down one of the best epic fantasy stories I've ever read. It doesn't matter that it's written with 12 year olds in mind -- although I wish there'd been books like this when I was 12! -- the story is intense and epic and emotional and terrifying and exciting and... and...(Yep, I've run out of adjectives.)...no matter what your age.You know that moment in a good book where it hooks you? Not the initial hook that encourages you to keep turning pages, the hook that usually comes about a third to halfway through the book, where the stakes are suddenly bigger and you can't look away from the page for fear that something bad will happen.Darkfall hooked me with that level of intensity on page three. And I just couldn't let it go. As with the previous two books, the world-building and character-development were superb, the character's voice was there on the page in every scene, and there were no needless bursts of exposition.The ending was satisfying, if not the HEA that I would have hoped for. And one of the great things about it is that no punches were pulled. If something bad had to happen, it happened at the greatest possible intensity. They're in a war. People die. People suffer. People are damaged, and not just phsyically....and because I don't want to accidentally drift into the realm of spoilers, I'll stop there. But if you have any interest at all in the fantasy genre, I'd recommend this book to you. But don't start here. Pick up a copy of the first book: Shifter. (aka The Pain Merchants in the UK and Australia.)

  • Jaylee
    2018-09-08 20:11

    I listened to the first two books on audiobook a few years ago, and I remember finding them an amusing way to pass a boring day at work but nothing to write home about. The third book was never made into an audiobook, and I found myself wanting to know what happened, so bought it on steep discount. Granted, huge gaps between books in a series makes it hard to follow along. However, this book was a LOT harder to follow when you're reading it. There are so many proper nouns. A dozen towns, countries, political figures and officials, not to mention ENDLESS characters. The characters are so numerous they fight for screen time, and none of them are given enough time to make an impression of their personality. They're all just faceless people who all kind of act the same, because we never get to see them act any differently.The plot has a lot of action, with a Big Thing happening in almost every chapter - a robbery! an attack on the camp! a journey! - but it's hard to care about any of it, since it all happens to these very forgettable characters.What drew me into the series initially was how it weaponized healing - something in most fantasy that is seen as a purely positive force - and had an interesting magic system based on pain (of course kiddified for its very young audience). However, I think the author needed to slow down on the action and give her characters more depth to make all that action worthwhile. I didn't even make it 100 pages into the book before I was so bored I had to toss it. I think I would have enjoyed it much more on audiobook, since the fast-paced, low-depth action plot is easier to digest while you're working on something else. But as a novel, it's just not really worth the effort of reading it.

  • Traci
    2018-08-27 19:52

    There is nothing like being satisfied at the end of a trilogy. The healing wars is ultimately about people escaping the grasp the Duke has on all the people within his reach...the Takers, the Healers, The "cats", The Undying, The soldiers, and His family. Throughout the book you feel a sense of hope and longing. Nya is such a strong heroin and her strength, I felt, was best described by the singing of her younger sister Tali throughout the book. She gave her simple praise ongoing exclaiming that Nya saved her over and over and over. I love this about Nya. I enjoyed seeing that Nya struggled with her mysterious abilities and didn't like to inflict the pain that she often times was forced into. She was a hero with sympathy, empathy, and remorse but also knew when things were okay. She was a great strength to her people and to the surrounding areas.Danello was fantastic. He is a man that is giving, kind, and uplifting to who he loves and it is quite apparent that he in no way, is embarassed to sometimes be the man behind the woman. Danello is Nya's strength and that never falters. He is with her and finds her in every predicament that she found herself in. I loved the ending...it suprised me completely! There was a part in the ending that I wished the author would have gone deeper into for my own curiousity...how and what happened to Nya in the last major moment of the war? How was any of that possible and the eyes???Loved the book and would recommend it. It is more like a 3 1/2 star. I think my favorite still may be the first of this series but I still really loved this last one.

  • Shazza Maddog
    2018-08-28 23:00

    Nya and her friends return in the third of The Healing Wars series, Darkfall. When we last left Nya, her little sister, Tali, had been captured by the Duke, and Nya had to make the choice of whether to try to find her then - or escape and live with her friends. Tali has been missing for some months when the story opens, while Nya, Danello and Aylin are at Jeatar's farm, laying low and trying to decide their next move. When they find out that the Duke is going to attack the farm, as well as Geveg, they take off to warn the islands of Geveg. Along they way, they manage to find Tali, now lost in her own mind, as well as Vyand, who had previously been an enemy, but might be willing to help out now. But with the Duke and his army approaching to wipe out Geveg, will Nya and her friends be able to help stem a war? And what's with Nya being raised to Sainthood? Can she live up to the hype, help her sister, and find a way to protect Geveg, and the home she loves? Or will she and her friends die in the war?This story has some really nice twists and turns. Despite this, it's an 'easy' read, and a fun one. Nya keeps getting more stuff shoved onto her shoulders, whether she wants it or not, but we see how quickly she thinks and how one young woman's issues with her own strange powers can help an entire country. I give this story four stars because the concluding scene seemed a bit rushed between Nya and the Duke; other than that, the story was very entertaining.

  • Emma
    2018-09-19 17:50

    Beoordeling:1. Cover 4/5 De covers van deze serie vond ik op eerste gezicht niet mooi. Dit is puur persoonlijk omdat ik geen fan ben van het 'neppe'. Maar wanneer je elk boek leest begin je de cover enorm te waarderen, ze sluiten zo goed aan! Echt heel knap gedaan! Je hebt ook nieuwe covers, deze zijn meer mijn stijl maar ik twijfel nog een beetje of ze nou ook zo mooi aansluiten.2. Verhaal 4/5Zoals ik al eerder aangaf is het een meeslepend verhaal. Het grijpt je en laat je niet los tot je weet hoe het afloopt. De schrijfster heeft een mooi en boeiend verhaallijn bedacht, ook was er voor mij geen verschil in 'leukheid' van elk boek. Het niveau was steeds ongeveer even hoog!3. Personages 4/5Je maakt kennis met Nya en haar verhaal laat je niet snel los. Ze is een leuk en menselijk personage, haar problemen zijn interessant om over te lezen. Haar vrienden zijn stuk voor stuk boeiende personages met eigen persoonlijkheden.4. Wereld 4/5De wereld was even verwarrend maar als je gewoon even de tijd neemt om het kaartje te bekijken dan zul je het niet zo verwarrend vinden als ik! Hardy is goed in het creëren van sfeer.5. Schrijfstijl 4/5Janice Hardy heeft een boeiende schrijfstijl, ze heeft interessante ideeën en kan dit goed overbrengen.Dat geeft dit boek een beoordeling van 4/5 punten! Bekijk de volledige recensie op: http://boekenzee.blogspot.nl/2012/10/...

  • First Novels Club
    2018-09-01 21:06

    About DARKFALL -- The characters from THE SHIFTER and BLUE FIRE continue to develop, the plot thickens like no one's business, and the ending lives up to your expectations and then some. All in all, it's an excellent final book in The Healing Wars trilogy.And five reasons you should read The Healing Wars trilogy: * If you're looking for a strong and smart heroine to root for, Nya's your girl. For years, life has handed her one struggle after another, and she has to make multiple heartbreaking choices throughout the books, but she keeps moving forward. * The stakes are huge, and they're both personal and political. Entire cities are on the brink of destruction, and the lives of Nya's sister and friends are at risk -- with Nya (unintentionally) in the center of it all. * The world of The Healing Wars is fantastically multilayered and realistic, and the concept of using healing and pain for political power makes this fantasy stand out from the rest. * The plot twists and turns throughout the trilogy, with almost constant action, but it never veers into the realm of implausibility. * These books are awesome. Seriously. They're that perfect mix of adventure with heart, intelligence, and depth, and I totally love Nya. Go read this trilogy!For more reviews & other fun book blogging (including thoughts on writing, author interviews and giveaways!), check out http://www.FirstNovelsClub.com

  • Angie
    2018-08-20 21:05

    What a fitting ending to this trilogy. I have to admit this is one of the most fun series I have read in a while. I really enjoy the world Hardy has created. It is so rich and detailed and interesting. I am really intrigued the concept of shifting or taking pain from others. I find it fascinating that it can be weaponized. Nya is such a strong, fearless young woman it is hard not to root for her. Darkfall takes place after the events of The Shifter and Blue Fire. Nya and the rest are hiding out from the Duke. The must go back to Geveg and save their home before the Duke destroys everything in his way to total power. This is a book about war and what happens in a war. People die, people choose sides and people rise to the occasion as heroes. I am glad Hardy represented a war realistically; not everyone is going to survive, some may be hurt beyond help and sometimes you have to do terrible things to survive and defeat the enemy. Nya learns all of these lessons in this book, but despite everything there is hope at the end. Things end on a positive note. I love how strong and confident Nya becomes at the end of this series. She is the hero of the rebellion and she owns it. She reclaims her place in the world and makes no excuses. Definitely a series I would recommend.

  • Inori
    2018-09-07 22:47

    Oh WOW! This book is brilliant!!! I finished this is in one sitting thats how good it was. We get to see more of our stubborn heroine as she tries to make impossible moral choices. The story begins with Nya trying to find her sister even though it's been months. we are shown even more of how much their world has changed within the space 3 months. This book like it says on the cover is mainly war orientated, so we get to see first hand how the gevegians build their army and fight even though the odds are against them.I loved this book because it tears your heart apart when you begin to see how much Nya has lost since the war began. But also how strong she is to not let that keep her down. I believe that I have found a new favourite author, that's not to say that the other 2 books weren't good. This book brought the series to a wonderful close. I love fantasy with a hit of romance and this definitely has it. Although it doesn't focus on it, it's slowly built over the entire series. A definitely good read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy with a strong female character and well thought out main minors.

  • RenaTraxel
    2018-08-29 19:47

    "Discover a war-torn worldwhere healing is dangerous,and those with the bestintentions often do themost harm."Doesn’t that little blurb from Janice's website make you want to read the series? You won’t be disappointed! Darkfall is the third and final book in The Healing Wars series. Nya, the pain shifter, comes up against the Duke in a final, climatic battle to reclaim Geveg. If the Duke is to be defeated Nya must build an army and come to terms with her amazing pain shifting ability.What I like about this book:1. She didn’t spend too much time rehashing book one and two. She gave just enough detail to refresh the reader's mind.2. Character interactions felt real. She did a brilliant job of growing the characters' friendships through the three books.3. There is a lot of action with interspersed tender/humourous moments.4. The idea of shifting pain and making weapons out of pain is a cool and an original. 5. Her world of pain merchants, shifters, and healers is believable. Now that The Healing Wars trilogy is over I can’t wait to see what Janice will come up with next!

  • Philip Green
    2018-09-16 01:02

    Rather than review each book, I am choosing to review the series as a whole. I gave each book 5 stars and also give the series 5 stars.The books are fast paced and fairly action filled. But there are enough details that the plot develops logically and there aren't the plot-devices or lack of character development you often see in such stories to move the plot along.The characters are likable, but also have to make hard choices and sometimes ones that seem wrong. It is one of the best series I have read in a while. The only thing critique I could give it (which isn't really one) is that occasionally the story moves so fast that there is a lack of details. In almost all cases there was enough of an explanation to understand what was happening and why (and to have it make sense), but if you like intricate descriptions of each scene or of locations, than this book is probably not for you.

  • Angela Wallace
    2018-09-20 23:04

    In the final installment of The Healing Wars, Nya finds herself the unintentional hero behind the war against the Duke. The people of the Three Territories are gathering for their defense as the Duke prepares to invade and squash the rebellion. Nya doesn't want to lead her people into war. She just wants to find and save her sister, Tali. Yet the only way to do that is to stop the Duke once and for all.At this point in the trilogy, the plot started to remind me of Mockingjay, the third in The Hunger Games trilogy, except much less graphically and horrifically violent. Nya is the unwilling icon of hope for people. They want her to lead them into war, despite the fact she's still just a teenager. Her motivations are all about saving her sister. While I liked this book much better than Mockingjay, it still wasn't as exciting as the previous two. War is predictable. All in all, though, it was a good ending to the trilogy.

  • Regina
    2018-09-11 19:01

    I don't know what took me so long to finally read this series but I'm glad I finally did. Everything from the worldbuilding to the characters stole my heart . I felt quite nostalgic when I finished this book knowing it is the end. Nya was fierce, strong and very clever which made me love her character a lot. I feel that most female characters are not very clever in YA nowadays and Nya really stood out to me. She not only kicked ass, she was also resourceful. All the supporting characters were interesting and I got attached to them. Some deaths actually made me feel sad. The romance was so subtle and so well done. It was always there but never made a big deal which I really enjoyed. There is a war going on and the characters had their priorities straight. My only complaint is that the enemy is somewhat one dimensional but really I'm just nitpicking. I would read this series all over again. I read it all in a day so I wish there was more because I didn't want to leave this world.

  • Jen
    2018-08-23 01:08

    Hey, I liked this series. The concept of pain being utilized as a weapon and the ability that healers have to heal through the removal of pain is a great idea! BUTThis book just didn't do it for me as a great ending. No, that's not right. It had a great ending, very well done. It's just I feel like the characterisation really lacked in this book. I felt disconnected with the characters. People died and I didn't really feel any grief for them. Also, the romance? A failure. It felt half-hearted. A lot could have been done in that area, but it seemed like Hardy wanted to avoid it while at the same time imply that is was there. In the end, it left me feeling very dissatisfied about the whole issue.Apart from that, I loved how the trilogy ends. It was very well done and I felt like all strings were tied up (apart from the theme of romance) and in the right way too. I'm just rating it 3 stars for the poor characterisation and half-hearted romance.

  • Ferdinand, Jr.
    2018-08-24 20:52

    This really was a fun book series to read. It wasn't anything heavy. It was just casual. I really enjoyed reading it.The main issue dealt in this book was whether Nya should stay and lead/inspire the rebellion or escape. She was the only one who could inspire the people, and this gave her a responsibility. I can very much relate to the thought processes she went through. Sometimes, there are things only we ourselves can accomplish, no one else. We either do or ignore it. I love how Nya "did" it.Anyway, I recommend this book to people who want to kill time and enjoy. It didn't really deliver any hard blows. I didn't get inspired nor encouraged, but this is still a fun read.P.S. I was a bit of let down when what happened during the climax of the book wasn't explained. I was hoping for an explanation. Anyway, it's just a minor detail.

  • Amelia Loken
    2018-08-20 20:45

    Great, great ending of the Healing Wars trilogy. Still kept me guessing and on the edge of my easy-chair until the end. What a super book!This has a 15 year old protagonist and I would recommend for someone 12-14 years old and up. There is death of badguys in the end of every book; badguys who have been torturing her or her friends by using their talent for healing, but in a twisted fashion. Nothing super graphic, but could be disturbing for readers under 12.This book has a couple of friends killed too. Just for a heads up for parents.Sometimes reads a little "tweeny" and is clean romance-wise, with only hand holding and a couple of kisses. Much more detail goes into the adventure, the strategy, the battles, the healing. But it gets more intense the last few chapters. I really enjoyed this series! Awesome!

  • Morgana.Book.Extravaganza
    2018-09-01 17:48

    You can also see this review on my blog:www.morganaextravaganza.weebly.comThis was a phenomenal way to finish an epic trilogy. Nya is positively amazing in this last chapter of her story. So many choices to make, so many lines to cross. This book really defines the beauty of flawed humanity. Nya is constantly having to choose if the end justify the means, if eventing isn't as black and white as everyone makes it seem. There were so many plot twists, I'm pretty sure I got whiplash reading one after another. This book was truly the best of them all. The stakes are higher in this book, the magic and adventure are more intense, the characters and plot are grittier and the actual writing has surpassed anything Hardy has written. My hat is off to you Janice Hardy.

  • Tim
    2018-09-16 18:51

    Loved this!!!Final book in a trilogy from my friend Janice and it finished with a bang!This is a fantasy story for middle grade readers (10-14), so for an adult it is a quick read with lots of plot action. I love reading good books in this genre (think Harry Potter etc.) and the book is simply wonderful, and I could just not put it down.I loved the characters and how the concept that some people have a special talent for drawing pain and healing others. The world was well-built and the characters had depth and meaning. Pick up the first two books though before reading this: The Shifter and Blue Fire.

  • Stephanie
    2018-09-18 23:55

    While it has been a while since I've read the first two, I remembered enough to understand what was going on. I have to admit, I really enjoyed this book series. It's always great to read about a world quite different from ours, not to mention the entire series' take on healing. I enjoyed the resolution to the series as well; not too happy, but not too sad either. Some survived, some didn't, and some in between. It also comes full circle with Nya's heritage and what happened before the war. You could also really feel Nya's emotions when she thought she was going to lose.Now that I have all three books, I think I will have to read them all through again at some point.

  • Erin
    2018-09-13 22:47

    These aren't the kind of books that start a fandom, but they are good nonetheless. Nya is a likable protagonist. She struggles internally with her decisions, making her a more likable and realistic protagonist. This book is geared toward younger audiences, so her and Danello's relationship was a little anticlimatic but cute. That's pretty much it.4 out of 5 stars because it wasn't super awesome but I didn't really have any complaints.Cover: The colors are beautiful and the hand doesn't look awkward like a lot of cover art hands do.