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The Healer's Keep (Healer and Seer #2)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,677 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Something is threatening the legendary Healer's Keep, where students gifted in the healing arts are trained. Will they learn enough in time to keep the darkness at bay? Or will the Shadow King turn their gifts against them and once again walk the world?
"This complex and engrossing companion to The Seer and the Sword can be read independently. Lovers of fantasy will gravit
Paperback, 364 pages
Published January 23rd 2008 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published September 2nd 2002)
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Eleanor Ambrose As a devout lover of Seer and the Sword I wish I could tell you this book was good, but it just isn't. It was an easy read, but the characters are…moreAs a devout lover of Seer and the Sword I wish I could tell you this book was good, but it just isn't. It was an easy read, but the characters are poorly developed, the plot is all over the place, and the writing just isn't as tight. You can read my review for a full breakdown (there aren't any blatant spoilers just a laundry list of what went wrong with this book.) Hope this helps!(less)
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Eleanor Ambrose
Feb 25, 2015 Eleanor Ambrose rated it it was ok
As much as I dearly dearly dearly love Victoria Hanley I just couldn't with this book. The character development was utter bollocks to be quite honest. POV's change so often that continuity becomes an issue. When you are just beginning to get in the groove of one character's voice you are tossed into another's. It especially threw me off when we randomly enter the POV of someone who never had a POV throughout the book until it was convenient to the plot. Or they were an altogether random charact ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Two new students arrive at the Healer’s Keep who are hiding secrets, Dorjan is the first foreigner to be admitted to the Keep and can walk in others dreams, and Sara is the daughter of Kind Landon and Queen Torina. Across the ocean in Sliviia, slave girl Maeve is bought by the evil Lord Morlen and manages to run away with the help of Jasper, who has remained free using his wits. These four destiny are linked togethe
Mar 27, 2015 Axie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Since I probably won't do a review of this on my blog: Just some quick thoughts. This was definitely a completely different vein of book than its predecessor, The Seer & The Sword, which is undoubtedly one of the best YA Fantasies from the early 2000's. I felt like this book copied many of the plot elements of the first book (not in scope, but in small details; for example, magic drugs are used to sedate people, poison is force-drunk by the poisoner, things like that - that were unique in th ...more
More proof that I keep underestimating Victoria Hanley. While this wasn't quite as fabulous as The Seer and the Sword - I found the first half absolutely riveting and the second half somewhat rushed and confusing - it was more original by far and still a great read. I actually really liked the dream-travel premise (it's something I've toyed with writing about myself, although I think this author did a far better job than i would have) and don't understand why so many of my fellow reviewers find ...more
When I read Hanley's The Seer and the Sword, I concluded that it had good characters, but not enough worldbuilding. Oddly, Hanley's second book, The Healer's Keep, suffers from the opposite problem.

It's set in the same world and follows the adventure of four teenagers who are fighting the mysterious Shadow King, who is trying to take over the Healer's Keep (where two of the teens are studying magic) and then the world. Though the world (particularly the Keep) is well thought-out, none of the ch
Mar 15, 2012 Maryanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy YA fantasy and adventure
Strong lead characters, including strong female leads, contribute to driving a great adventure, replete with interesting and unusual magic. The evil-doing villain in this book is so scary, I felt sick. Fantastic to see a genuinely scary, evil villain, that does not rely on twisted torture scenes or graphic violence to show his evilness (I am so sick of vividly described torture in fantasy novels - there should be a warning on the cover)- just portrayed through his steely gaze and powerful magic ...more
King Haddock
Aug 29, 2008 King Haddock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
I am probably the only person I know who enjoys The Healer's Keep as much as The Seer in the Sword. This is because of the setting. I wish more had been done as far as the classes in the Keep are concerned, as I enjoyed these sections of the book immensely. The ending also is a bit confusing, at least in concern of the last time I read the book.
Jul 15, 2012 Carole rated it it was ok
I was impressed by the "The Seer and the Sword", but this book seemed like the author was making up the story as she went along. Gaping plot holes were filled with the characters realizing they have magic powers, etc. they never knew they possessed. Bizarre, complex story that resolved in about one paragraph.
The Shayne-Train
Mar 18, 2014 The Shayne-Train rated it really liked it
I usually don't review the YA novels I read to my seven-year-old, but I'll make an exception with this one.

This book was great! The intrigue was sneaky, the action was fast-paced, the world-building was beautifully-done, the characters instantly likeable/hateable. There was some blood, and some implied "why pretty girls need to be wary of unsavory men" situations, but nothing a smart kid can't understand and deal with.

And best of all, though this is a sequel to The Seer and the Sword, not only d
Apr 17, 2009 Marco rated it really liked it
Another good one by Victoria Hanley. This one brought back characters from the first book and introduced some great new characters. The story was interesting (although a few times a little confusing) and flowed well. It was a quick, enjoyable read.
Wonderful! Like The Seer and the Sword, this book has a very engaging plot with memorable and strong characters. Readers should pay close attention to the storytelling in this book though, as it's easy to get confused among all the epicness. You don't have to read the first book to understand this one either, The Healer's Keep stands alone beautifully.

The fantasy was a little over my head compared to the first one, (like all the dreaming stuff) but I loved the story to bits, especially the chara
Nov 22, 2014 J.C. rated it it was amazing
A companion book to Victoria Hanley’s The Seer and the Sword, The Healer’s Keep was thoroughly enjoyable, full of action, adventure, magic, and other countries. Sara, daughter of Queen Torina from the first book, is sent to the Healer’s Keep to learn the healing talents. There she meets Bern, who turns out to be a decieving Charmal (a person who has no conscience and charms people into helping them), and Dorjan, who proves to be a great friend. Across the sea in Sliviia, a slave named Maeve esca ...more
Creativity's Corner
This review was originally posted on my blog, Creativity's Corner

This book was worth taking my time with. It surprised me in so many ways and yet looking back, I should have seen them coming.

One of the things I loved was the characters. They were extremely vivid in my mind. I could see Maeve serving Lord Morlen, and hear her beautiful voice as she talked to Jasper. I felt Sara's pain at Bern's betrayal and her own stupidity. Each character caught and held my interest for the entire story.

But t
Dec 27, 2010 Doyin rated it liked it
So… the book was pretty good. It’s set in a fantasy world where people can see in to the present and the future, transport themselves with their minds, walk through other people’s dreams and even feel someone’s essence simply by touching them. An interesting story that moved along pretty well, not too fast or slow. My only real problem that kept me from really fully enjoying it is that there were way too many moments in which the main characters were just too helpless. It wasn’t as frustrating a ...more
Renetta DeBoer
Jan 17, 2016 Renetta DeBoer rated it really liked it
A little darker since Hanley's first novel The Seer and the Sword. The plot moves pretty quickly, the characters are love able, and the imagination is unlimited. The language of the text is a little too thick in some places and some places Hanley uses to many little words to describe something bigger. Also some sentences were a little redundant and irrelevant. A very good and capturing tale for young readers.
Feb 25, 2009 Lorajean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! He he, I want to read it again. I was transported to a new world in the very first chapter!! Its a MUST read!

In comparison to the way Stephanie Meyer pulls you in with one character, imagine if you read Breaking Dawn from more perspectives. Like Alice, Aro, and Irina's perspectives in addition to Bell and Jacobs. That is the way Victoria Hanley does her books. It's intense really refreshing.

NOTE: I haven't re-read these since reading Stephanie Meyer so I
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
This is a companion book to Seer and the Sword. I loved that book, it was written well, and just flowed nicely. I had a little bit harder time with Hearler's Keep. I did enjoy the story, I think I would have liked it more if it was just a stand alone book and didn't try and include so much from the previous book. I like Jasper and Maeve a lot. I also would have liked it more if it just came from one perspective, instead of 4+ people telling the story. Another element that was missing was a good ...more
Sarah Briggs
Dec 26, 2012 Sarah Briggs rated it it was amazing
(This review may contain spoilers).

This book was a favourite of mine when I was younger and I recently picked it up again and found myself once more drawn into the world and meeting the characters as if they were old friends I hadn't seen in years.

Every once in a while, I'll read a book that I like so much, as soon as I get to the end, I want to go back and re-read it straight away. Each time I've read this book, that has been the case. It's a magical story with truly interesting and well-writte
I'd say a three and a half star rating. It was good, but not as good as the first. I like her writing style and the many characters she weaves together.
Megan Morris
Jan 08, 2011 Megan Morris rated it really liked it
This is supposedly a companion to the sword and the seer and found myself trying to figure out how they were connected. I liked the book, in fact I really enjoyed it, but I found myself trying to figure out the loose ends. She started a bunch of side stories that I wanted more details on. I wanted to know how vahss was created, what happens to dad etc. I enjoyed this book but found myself trying to figure out why there wasn't another chapter or two to wrap up the story. I walked away wanting clo ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Raygina rated it it was ok
I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't more of a connection to the first book, and it didn't seem to be written as well.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Apr 24, 2010 Tressa (Wishful Endings) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a sequel to The Seer and the Sword. It's about a princess, Sara, who desguises herself as a commoner when she enters The Healer's Keep where she will be trained as a magical healer. After assessment, the new healers are supposed to have their specific talents named wihtin several different categories. Sara makes friends with two boys, one who manipulates her to obey his wishes and endangering the keep as well as the whole world. The other boy, Dorjan, helps Sara realize what has happened ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Victoria Hanley was one of my favorite YA authors when leas a young adult so I was thrilled to find this companion novel to the seer and the sword. While I think most YA fantasy/fiction can be predictable I enjoy that Hanley's is not. My only complaint is that she packed in the action where think she could have slowed it down in between scenes, but each to their own. If she would have done this then maybe I would be reviewing now complaining about a slow pace and that the author could have picke ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a great book and I really got this book recommended by a nice lady. This book jumps sometimes to the different characters. It does get confusing at one point but it brings you back very quickly. I really loved this book because it had really great words to explain stuff and it made it very easy to visualize. I would like recommend this book to everyone because it was a medium sized book and medium level of reading. I think it is something everyone would enjoy. It does have a great story ...more
Michelle Dalley
Mar 03, 2015 Michelle Dalley rated it it was ok
Disappointing :(
This book is a sequel to The Seer and the Sword. As most sequels go... it was good but not as good. With 4 main characters, it was a bit too choppy. The author continues with the same magical world introduced in the previous book, but of course adds so many elements that they are hard to keep up with. I felt like this book could have used some good character development and a little less of the wild twists and turns. It was entertaining however and I will probably continue with the series.
A good story but aimed ay a younger age group then me.
Sep 23, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This was an okay read. The author didn't really clearly explain why the bad guy was evil; we were just expected to assume that he would be. Nor was there any real "doomsday" forecast for if the bad guy got his way. Finally, one character mentioned wanting a certain ability, but there was no follow up to that idea or explanation as to why he wanted the ability.

It wasn't badly written, but it could have been a little tighter.
Dec 08, 2009 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
A threat to the legendary Healer's Keep is secret until two new students and another set of unlikely heroes find their paths leading them to decide the destiny of the land. Although a main character is the daughter of the main characters in The Seer and the Sword, everything else is prettymuch a whole new set of adventures, magic, and mystery. LOVED this book, perhaps as much as the first.
Aug 16, 2010 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty good but I agree with what someone else said in a review, that The Seer and the Sword helped you know the characters very well but the world they lived in was a little fuzzy, and The Healer's Keep was the opposite. Their world is very well done with lots of details but there were four main characters in this one and we didn't get to know them as well. But still a good book.
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