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My Review: 4 stars
The shifter is a unique fantasy novel that shows a side of magic that is intriguing and dangerous. The main story is about Nya who is an orphan struggling for survival in a small city crippled by war. Think of the book being like Harry Porter where there is a school for the gifted. Nya has special abilities which are rare and revered. She is a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike other Takers who become Healers, Nya’s skill is more unique: She can do what has been considered abnormal and impossible. Apart from just healing (taking someone’s pain), she can also shift pain into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden. If discovered, she could be used as a human weapon by the Duke.
This book will make you feel like you are living in another land where everything is possible. There is drama, hope, an evil Over load and to top it up, a loveable feminist main Character. Can’t wait to read the next book in the sequel!
Wait for my review of the sequels, Blue Fire and DarkFall. Will hopefully be done with Blue fire in the next 2 days 🙂
Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers’ League apprentices, Nya’s skill is flawed: She can’t push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she’d be used as a human weapon against her own people.
Rumors of another war make Nya’s life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she’s faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?
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