Healer's Touch



➶ [Read] ➲ Healer's Touch By Deb E. Howell ➾ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 you 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.Healer's Touch

Deb E could never write a short story for English class assignments She took up writing stories as a hobby in high school, often sharing these with her friends at lunch time, but pushed fiction to the side for the sake of a few serious years of science writing for under and post graduate study in Zoology Then it was time to adult and get paying work Eventually, she landed a job that didn t occupy her mind fully enough, and soon pen joined paper and a fantasy novel had begun which, after several false starts and some shaping and moulding, turned into Healer s TouchDeb lives near Dunedin, New Zealand with her family and a menagerie of pets.

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  • Paperback
  • 366 pages
  • Healer's Touch
  • Deb E. Howell
  • English
  • 03 February 2019
  • 1909374083

10 thoughts on “Healer's Touch

  1. says:

    I really, really liked the beginning of this book I think it s well written and the world setting is quite interesting The first 25% certainly kept my attention though I had trouble connecting to the characters other than Llewl.At 42% in, I felt it started to lose focus and Llewl s relationship with the characters feltanddisingenuous I thought this was a shame since it started so strong My biggest struggle with the book was in trying to visualize things Howell is a little vague I really, really liked the beginning of this book I think it s well written and the world setting is quite interesting The first 25% certainly kept my attention though I had trouble connecting to the characters other than Llewl.At 42% in, I felt it started to lose focus and Llewl s relationship with the characters feltanddisingenuous I thought this was a shame since it started so strong My biggest struggle with the book was in trying to visualize things Howell is a little vague on creating atmosphere, but the only reason I stopped reading this was a pretty personal one I m sure many other readers will get a lot out of it.So, give it a go if you re looking for a fantasy series like Touch of Power to fill your reading time with

  2. says:

    This is billed as a steampunk fantasy, but don t be fooled The steampunk elements are negligible In reality, this is a romance with a fantasy background Since the heroine is seventeen and there s a bit of a love triangle, I suppose it s YA, too The book has perhaps the most clich riddled opening I ve ever encountered The main character is an orphan with mysterious powers She makes a living on the streets as a pick pocket , disguised as a boy Despite the disguise, twice during the firs This is billed as a steampunk fantasy, but don t be fooled The steampunk elements are negligible In reality, this is a romance with a fantasy background Since the heroine is seventeen and there s a bit of a love triangle, I suppose it s YA, too The book has perhaps the most clich riddled opening I ve ever encountered The main character is an orphan with mysterious powers She makes a living on the streets as a pick pocket , disguised as a boy Despite the disguise, twice during the first couple of chapters she suffers violent attempted rapes She is betrayed by a former friend, arrested for a murder she didn t commit, and condemned to death But she escapes and manages to run away It s all pretty familiar stuff It just needs a prophecy, a magic sword and a quest to complete the set maybe that comes later And yet, despite the predictability, I kept reading, which is, I suppose, a testament of sorts to the author s writing ability, if not her originality Why oh why do orphaned children always end up on the streets in fantasyland, their only option thievery or prostitution Did their parents have no friends who might help them out Is the town so lawless that orphans are simply abandoned to their fate Is there really no honest work to be had The biggest interest for me is the main character s magical ability Llew has the power to heal herself when injured, but only by drawing the life force from some other living thing human, animal or plant This is such an intriguing power that I really want to knowabout it Then there s Braph, a man with a mysterious background who is clearly searching for Llew, for reasons unknown Horrible thought maybe she s the secret heir to the kingdom No, surely not Less intriguing by far is the romantic interest We know he s the romantic interest from the start because Llew comments on his nice ass, and mentions how handsome he is Needless to say, he dislikes her on sight.The plot isn t much to write home about, but it s serviceable Llew picks up with a group heading north to the only port on a long, thin island continent really no other suitable place There are encounters with highwaymen, Braph the Mysterious and the law, since Llew is still wanted for murder, and now witchcraft, since she used her magic to escape hanging This is all good fun, and there s the expected moment where Llew s less than convincing boy disguise fails, and her new friends pop her in a frock for dinner Cue much ogling from the men There are some logic fails a day when they appeared to have lunch twice, a bedroom scene segues to the garden and back again, and a time on a boat when Llew needed a living being to draw energy from, and everyone forgot about the horses in the hold But still, things rattle along nicely, with one misadventure after another.In a shock twist not , the group includes the romantic interest, Jonas, who despite being a mean, cynical killing machine, immediately gets the hots for our heroine He also shows his sensitive side, bringing her cloths when her period starts, giving her cute little hugs when she s down and cuddling in bed in a heroically non libidinous way at night I began to wonder when they would start doing each other s hair But this does highlight the biggest problem I had with this book the characters don t behave in believable ways When Jonas and Llew sneak out at night to meet up with Braph, a man known to be hostile and with probably evil intentions, how do they pass the time while they wait for him to show up Sharpening their knives, perhaps Discussing tactics Hiding so they have the element of surprise No, they lie down in plain view and get all hot and steamy And when a child is accidentally killed, everyone acts like it s the greatest tragedy ever, and Jonas is so distraught he gets wildly drunk This is the man who says I ve killed dozens, hundreds Then when Braph does eventually turn up, no one recognises him or gets even remotely alarmed There are any number of oddities like this.I found this a very frustrating read On the one hand, there s some wonderful magic, solid world building and an interesting steampunkish vaguely western feel to it The author s writing style is neat and unobtrusive, and the plot moves along at a fair canter On the other hand, the romantic element pops up at the most inopportune moments, and the characters just don t behave rationally There are also aspects that aren t explained well or perhaps I just failed to get it, I don t know I never did work out quite who Emylia was friend, relative or paid chaperone , so there are a number of wait did we know that moments along the way Better editing would have smoothed out some inconsistencies and odd hiccups, filled in the strangely sketchy minor characters and produced a better flow But despite all the issues, I kept reading, sneaking a chapter here and there when I was supposed to be doing something else, until the ending lost me Sadly, the last few chapters are littered with unlikely events, coindidences and outright deus ex machina For those who can enjoy the romance, the interesting setting and a terrific magic system, and don t mind the implausibilities, this would be a great read, and it s clear the author can write, but for me it just didn t work Two stars

  3. says:

    To start off, I requested this book because it seemed like wild west adventure Which is something I have never read, though the wild west does appeal to me Then I started the book and it was a wild westish fantasy world I was so excited, because I love new worlds and this one just seemed really cool with the Karans and the Aenuks I think it would be scary to belong to either of those races and I thought it was really brilliant of Howell to create these species.There are going to be tons of To start off, I requested this book because it seemed like wild west adventure Which is something I have never read, though the wild west does appeal to me Then I started the book and it was a wild westish fantasy world I was so excited, because I love new worlds and this one just seemed really cool with the Karans and the Aenuks I think it would be scary to belong to either of those races and I thought it was really brilliant of Howell to create these species.There are going to be tons of spoilers ahead, so either go read it or ignore this and read on I also really likes Jonas and Llew, I liked them together and apart Though I was really surprised when we found out that Jonas had a bunch of kids around He seemed young to me, and so it really surprised me I do like how these two enemies fell for each other It made me think of how opposites attract and I just wanted to seeandinteractions between them I wanted to knowof his past, though it made me really uncomfortable to learn about his wife and I was definitely with Llew on that one I was sad he had lost them, but I was happy at the same time because otherwise he would not have met Llew Also, at first I really liked Aris, I thought he was really kind to take in Llew, but then theI learned about him the less and less I liked him First off he was extremely hypocrtical telling Llew on the boat not to save anyone no matter what, but when his maybe lover almost died he told her to heal And ugh what pissed me off most was that he didn t want Llew to sleep with Jonas because she wasn t a Karan I hated that he was just using Jonas as a breeder, and I am a bit scared that jonas might not be able to say no to him even though he and Llew are together now and having a baby yay you know how much I love it when characters have babies I know I seem like I am complaining, but I am not It is a good thing that the characters make me feel this way, because it means they are like real people and are well formed characters Something that did make me uncomfortable though is the fact that every guy seemed to think Llew was super hot when she dressed as a girl I thought that was a bit weird since Llew even said she was taller and broader than most girls, and I am not sure if they fell for her because she was an available girl or because she was that beautiful I am not sure, but I didn t like that Alvaro fell for her like that and how he got so weird about it later in the book One thing that made me mad, but that I also think was very believable was how when Cassidy died Alvaro flipped out and blamed Llew for letting him die because she wanted to save Jonas instead It made me mad because she was trying to save Cassidy and couldn t bring him back if he had been dead too long, and she was trying to save as many people as possible But I was willing to forgive Alvaro for this because grief can make people act in horrible way, though I feel like Llew made an enemy for herself And saying that I do kind of feel that Alvaro might be a bit right Llew could have just healed Cassidy and let Jonas die, but she couldn t live without him, so instead of doing that she risked them both dying I thought Braph was an interesting character It was hard to tell whether he was just a crazy psychopath, or if he had been normal at some point and that the horrible things that happened in his life made him into such a monster I think that he most have feelings somewhere because he feels guilt and remorse at certain points in the book And then when it came to the crystals we find out that they are addictive, so maybe he was normal and then started experimenting with the crystals and that made him crazy But in order to get the first crystals he would have had to torture Llew s mother and a sane person would never do that I am hoping we will learnabout him at some point if there is a second book, and while I don t like him and want him dead, I think he is very scary and interesting I just have to say that I really loved Anya I thought she was really funny and really helped Llew sometimes with insight into the females world This was mostly later in the book I really really loved this book, and I was actually kind of pissed when it ended because I wanted to knowI want to seeof that world and the characters, I feel invested in their lives And I really hope that Deb is coming out with a sequel I will be waiting with baited breath loved it 5 out of 5

  4. says:

    This is another book that I read a while ago, so bear with the lack of depth in the review.This book was given to me by Kristell Ink in exchange for this review My thanks to Sam who was the person I got in contact with.When first I was made aware of the existence of this new novel, the author described it as Fantasy with a twist of Steampunk and a little romance Not what I would normally consider my cup of tea However, there was something about it that intrigued me and drove me to plead K This is another book that I read a while ago, so bear with the lack of depth in the review.This book was given to me by Kristell Ink in exchange for this review My thanks to Sam who was the person I got in contact with.When first I was made aware of the existence of this new novel, the author described it as Fantasy with a twist of Steampunk and a little romance Not what I would normally consider my cup of tea However, there was something about it that intrigued me and drove me to plead Kristell Ink for a review copy and what a pleasant surprise this read turned out to be Healer s Touch is a mix of romance, steampunk and high fantasy done the right way and written in just the right kind of style I have to say that this book has made me a fan of Deb E Howell.The plot is well planned and played out For a book that involves almost nothing but fleeing and travelling I must say I am impressed that it never once got boring It is as fast paced as the blurb says and constantly new things are added to the table new troubles or new knowledge that makes the situation of our group worse by the chapter.The universe is the author s own and seems to bewell constructed than is let on in this book, with a history that is merely hinted at here and there It is clear that the world isn t the focal matter of the story.The characters are very vivid and came alive before my eyes as I read I love them all Except Braph I hate Braph with a passion But another thing I really love is how it is not only the humans that play the vital roles in this story The nature is used actively to underline the themes of life versus death, health versus destruction.It is a world of contradictions a world where mortal enemies fall in love, and where the knife that can kill the unkillable is made from the very source of life energy.The story is not particularly original In fact, it reminded me extraordinarily much of another story I reviewed earlier this year, namely the novella High Witch by Mona Hanna.In both stories the main plot revolves around an extremely powerful witch or healer fleeing from a man that seeks to use her to gain power for himself There are many other similarities that I will refrain from mentioning to avoid spoiling anything, but I have to say that as far as comparisons go I really think this story is better developed than High Witch Its themes and conflicts seem to run a lot deeper.As I wrote in my review of High Witch I will start off by confessing that I am a hopelessly unromantic sort of person, so please take some of my opinions on this point a bit lightly This story sure does contain its share of romantic twaddle The romance is a vital part of Healer s Touch, but it is not the most important thing And also, Deb E Howell does not twaddle She keeps the romance interesting It is intense without ever getting over the top.When I first started reading this book I found it hard to put it down again I don t think it took me muchthan a single weekend to completely devour it And that says a lot for someone who is as slow a reader as I admit to be Healer s Touch brought very real, very wet tears to my eyes on several occasions, and this is one of the signs that let me distinguish between good authors and great authors The good ones tell you a story while great ones let you feel it.I really felt this book More High Fantasy reviews by Hypervorean at Numinous Publications

  5. says:

    This is an epic fantasy adventure with a wild west flavor and is a tiny bit reminiscent of an Eddings book or something similar Llew is a healer, but knows nothing of her people, history or abilities She has to get out of town fast when she heals herself in public and the townsfolk come after the witch She hooks up with a girl and her guards who are going across the countryside to meet her new arranged husband.Llew has been hiding in plain sight as a boy since her father disappeared when sh This is an epic fantasy adventure with a wild west flavor and is a tiny bit reminiscent of an Eddings book or something similar Llew is a healer, but knows nothing of her people, history or abilities She has to get out of town fast when she heals herself in public and the townsfolk come after the witch She hooks up with a girl and her guards who are going across the countryside to meet her new arranged husband.Llew has been hiding in plain sight as a boy since her father disappeared when she was 11 She hasn t had an easy time of things, and even though she makes friends in her new travel companions, things aren t that easy Her abilities are a double edged sword, sure she can heal, but she pulls the life force from living things and can kill people, animals and plants using her healing powers Because she is so dangerous to living things, her kind is not popular in many countries Llew starts to find out who and what she is, a bit of a coming of age and taking responsibility for ones actions I always love stories like that Jonas is also gifted and is the mortal enemy of the healers So guess what happens Llew is a strong heroine I loved reading about She is pragmatic, women aren t treated very well but she has learned some tricks and stands up for herself physically and verbally I wanted to cheer her on a few times when she stood up for herself I was also embarrassed for her a time or two when she couldn t control her mouth Double edged sword It is funny, I was reminded of the fairy tale Ring of Consequences while reading this story, because the ring grants wishes, but you never knew what the result of the wish would be something good and something bad, that dang double edged sword again This story does have a little romance in it, but it is pretty PG13 and stays fairly clean even though there are definitely adult situations There is a lot of death, some curse words and they have to deal with rape Nothing violently written, and it was well done but it was still a bummer and the characters struggle with it as they should.Ok, so this is an epic fantasy, and there are three books planned for the series and I was super worried it would end with them in the exact middle of a quest on the trail or something, and while there isstory to tell, it was ok Shew It wasn t one big book cut into three parts cough, LOTR cough But I want the next book NOW There are some things, and some decisions, and what will happen and some what about that guy questions I would really like to get some answers to So this is a rainbow day happy yet sad I am happy to have read this early, but I read it early and now have longer to wait My life is so tough I give this book 4.5 glowing stars.I was given this book for an honest review

  6. says:

    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 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 , 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

  7. says:

    Healer s Touch is billed as a mix of steampunk, fantasy and wild west After spending the last few nights reading it I have to agree It reminded me of Joe Abercrombie in style, and I loved the darkness and grit to the characters No one seems to be whiter than white, and the MCs all have flaws that help make them believable.The story follows Llew, an orphan with the ability to heal, but to do so she must steal life force from living things A wonderful gift but a terrible curse She attract Healer s Touch is billed as a mix of steampunk, fantasy and wild west After spending the last few nights reading it I have to agree It reminded me of Joe Abercrombie in style, and I loved the darkness and grit to the characters No one seems to be whiter than white, and the MCs all have flaws that help make them believable.The story follows Llew, an orphan with the ability to heal, but to do so she must steal life force from living things A wonderful gift but a terrible curse She attracts the attention of Jonas, a warrior sworn to kill all like Llew reasons why explained in the story Cue romance Yeah, there s romance And there s nothing quite like a good, complicated romance But this doesn t drive the story while it s an important factor the most important threads of the story simmer away in the background and it s only near the end that we realise just what s going on this world better prepare itself as I see things getting very messy.Have I mentioned Braph No Braph is the half brother of Jonas and while Jonas is blinded by loyalty and duty Braph is out for himself He does some truly awful things in this book and as a woman he should make my skin crawl, but instead, I found myself warming to him and actually, I think he s my favourite character Wrong wrong wrong but that is a testament to Deb E Howell s writing ability She can craft a layered character perfectly and give us readers reasons to love or hate them And I love Braph.The writing was good and well structured Dialogue tags were smooth and adverbs used appropriately I loved the mixture of traditional writing and themodern cleaner writing I admit, I m a lover of older, description laden fantasy so this was the perfect blend for me.I m eager to see what happens in book 2, and if it s half as good as book 1 I ll be extremely happy

  8. says:

    This was a great book, full of adventure, pain, love, fighting, great strong characters, and a whole new society and world to get to know Llewella has spent the last 5 years living as a boy in the run down, tough and mean town of Cheer Her father ran off, or was killed, she doesn t know, and her mother was kidnapped long before that even She knows she ll never survive as a young girl on her own, so she s cut her hair and donned boy s clothes, and goes by Llew Another difference for Llew is t This was a great book, full of adventure, pain, love, fighting, great strong characters, and a whole new society and world to get to know Llewella has spent the last 5 years living as a boy in the run down, tough and mean town of Cheer Her father ran off, or was killed, she doesn t know, and her mother was kidnapped long before that even She knows she ll never survive as a young girl on her own, so she s cut her hair and donned boy s clothes, and goes by Llew Another difference for Llew is that she can heal All she has to do is touch the grass, a tree, another person, just for a second, and the tingling starts and her wounds heal One night, coming home a bit too late from who she thought was a friend s house, Llew runs into trouble when a drunk realizes she s a she Instead of getting what he wants, however, Llew wakes the next morning, covered in a massive amount of her own blood, with the drunk on top of her and he s dead She killed him healing herself as he stabbed her the night before And her trouble doesn t stop there The next day, her so called friend accuses her of murdering his boss, and she s eventually hung, where she dies, and then comes back, thanks to a bunch of livestock that had been under the stand she hang above And the story goes from there She s on the run with strangers she tried to steal from, and there is so much she learns about herself, and her world Amazing story, and I m looking forward to the next book later this year.Review by Kendra of www.FaeBooks.co.uk

  9. says:

    I purchased Healer s Touch on Kindle and read it in a couple of sittings I really enjoyed this it has a fast pace and well developed characters, especially the MC, Llew, whose healing talent is a blessing and curse depending on who and what you are Along with a sympathetic and gutsy MC, there are a host of other great characters I have a certain soft spot for the strong and brooding Jonas, and despised the baddie of the piece, Braph To have such reactions to characters is a mark of good I purchased Healer s Touch on Kindle and read it in a couple of sittings I really enjoyed this it has a fast pace and well developed characters, especially the MC, Llew, whose healing talent is a blessing and curse depending on who and what you are Along with a sympathetic and gutsy MC, there are a host of other great characters I have a certain soft spot for the strong and brooding Jonas, and despised the baddie of the piece, Braph To have such reactions to characters is a mark of good writing in my opinion In particular, the tenuous and tongue in cheek relationship that develops between Jonas and Llew is very well handled, in light of the fact that Jonas has the implement which can kill Llew And the book is full of such moments, which leave you wondering what will happen next It was a completely unique reading from the get go and the first book I have come across that has a mix of western, fantasy and steam punk elements, and as I said in the beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed it The world building was very well detailed and I got a keen sense of the world and peoples Deb E Howell has created.In saying that, I m now really looking forward to the next instalment in the series The ending of the first book left me wanting to knowthere were hints of drama and trials to come, so I guess I ll just have to be patient

  10. says:

    This book was a pleasant surprise.The story has good pacing and an interesting and deep setting It has maps.I m not saying it is a great piece of literature for the ages, but it isn t meant to be It is just a plain fun read It is easy to read and, apart from a couple of rough patches, has impressively readable and organic dialogue.Its subplots weren t really my thing, it is aimed slightlyat a female reader, but they are well constructed and add to the story in a cohesive fashion.All up, This book was a pleasant surprise.The story has good pacing and an interesting and deep setting It has maps.I m not saying it is a great piece of literature for the ages, but it isn t meant to be It is just a plain fun read It is easy to read and, apart from a couple of rough patches, has impressively readable and organic dialogue.Its subplots weren t really my thing, it is aimed slightlyat a female reader, but they are well constructed and add to the story in a cohesive fashion.All up, I can recommend this book especially to anyone who will enjoy New Zealandisms popping up in a fantasy world

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