The Healing Wars: Book Two
Balzer + Bray, 2010
Middle Grade (ages 10 & up)
The second book of The Healing Wars trilogy, Blue Fire, is just as amazing as the first (my review of Book One: The Shifter is here). From the back cover:
"Is that you, Shifter?"
I swallowed my gasp. She had to be guessing. She couldn't possibly know it was me.
"I'll leave the girl alone if you show yourself. You're a much better prize for the Duke than she."
The dock creaked again.
"You can't evade me for long, Shifter," the tracker said in that irritating singsong voice.
Maybe not, but that didn't mean I wouldn't try.
Nya and company have a knack for finding trouble. But I guess that tends to happen when you're only fifteen and trying to overturn a corrupt government... and you're wanted for murder, with a price on your head.
In this second installment of the Healing Wars trilogy, Nya is hunted down by the Duke's best tracker. She is again separated from her sister, Tali, and also her friends, Danello and Aylin. But this time the story shifts from the city of Geveg to Baseer.
If you've read book one, you know what a horrible fate that would be. Gevegians hate Baseeri, and vice versa. Bringing the story into one of the most hostile territories possible for the MC was brilliant. As in The Shifter, Nya is face-to-face with danger on just about every page. The pacing is at a constant high, making it a quick and fun read.
In addition to physical dangers, Nya makes some unsettling discoveries about her family history. Along the way, her skills continue to sharpen. Her ability to flash pain from pynvium is not so unreliable anymore. She's been learning physical combat under Danello's trained hand. But she's still the same stubborn Nya we grew to love in book one; she doesn't always make the best decisions when the emotions involved are strong.
And true to "middle book" style, the story ends on a huge cliffhanger. Book Three will not be released until October 2011. I'm drooling in anticipation. This is by far one of the best series I've read in a long time.