The Healer by Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter 0.5)

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Original Title: The Healer

Year Published: 2015

Published by:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 32

First Sentence: It started, as it does, out of nowhere.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

John Raleigh, one of the youngest and most talented magical healers in all of Anglia, can relieve any ailment except, perhaps, his own broken heart. Since the deaths of his mother and sister who burned at the stake for witchcraft, John has spent his nights lost in nightmares and his days drowning in melancholy. That is until he’s summoned to the home of Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, who suffers from a mysterious illness that has confounded every other healer.

John immediately knows that this is no normal sickness. Nicholas, it seems, is falling apart because of a dangerous curse, and their only clue for a cure is a single name—Elizabeth Grey.

Who is this girl and how has she become mixed up with such dark magic? John must put these questions aside when Elizabeth is brought to him from the palace’s prison on the brink of death. It will take everything he has to save her, and to save Nicholas, but perhaps he’ll manage to save his heart along the way.

My thoughts:

I really liked this novella. John was one of my favourite characters in The Witch Hunter, and it was lovely to read something out of his perspective. As most novellas are, this one was just too short (yeah I know that is the point of a novella) and I wanted more. I love John and this just made me love him even more.

If you’ve read the witch hunter then the basic plot is just a repetition. But we do get to know more about John and his past which was fantastic and really interesting. We also get his perspective of the people around him and also get an insight of what he thinks of Elizabeth. So it was definitely an interesting read.

Do I recommend it? 

If you have read The Witch Hunter then absolutely.

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