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Darkfall (Healing Wars #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,420 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
War has come.

Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it.

With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, s
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Nov 18, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
Darkfall is the final book in the Healing Wars Trilogy.

When I first started this series I was a little uncertain about how it would pan out. The first book was a little confusing and it was hard to understand how the pain was used and what was really going on. But like all good writers Hardy learned from her mistakes and the last two books were smooth sailing.

I still stand by the concept of this book is rather unique. The ability to take pain and use it as a weapon or for good just hasn't been
2.5 Stars

It took me three books to make a decision on what it is about this series that doesn't work for me. While this third book has a lot more action and a lot more forward progress and doesn't have a repeating story line like the first two books did, it was still a mediocre to MEH read for me. In fact, the entire world of The Healing Wars had quite the potential to become a great story, if only because there was a well-thought out story line and a decently created world with depth in culture
Nov 10, 2011 Larissa rated it it was amazing
I will do my best to keep this spoiler free, so don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet.

Ah, the bittersweetness of ending a fantastic series. The final installment did not disappoint, and it had all the aspects of the other books that I enjoyed so well. There is the strong heroine first of all, and the well developed minor characters, the unique setting – I absolutely love the idea of a fantasy set in a tropical environment, and the whole moral aspect of the book where the Nya has to constantly m
Jul 30, 2014 Inori rated it it was amazing
Oh WOW! This book is brilliant!!! I finished this is in one sitting thats how good it was.
We get to see more of our stubborn heroine as she tries to make impossible moral choices. The story begins with Nya trying to find her sister even though it's been months. we are shown even more of how much their world has changed within the space 3 months. This book like it says on the cover is mainly war orientated, so we get to see first hand how the gevegians build their army and fight even though the
Philip Green
Jan 28, 2014 Philip Green rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Rather than review each book, I am choosing to review the series as a whole. I gave each book 5 stars and also give the series 5 stars.

The books are fast paced and fairly action filled. But there are enough details that the plot develops logically and there aren't the plot-devices or lack of character development you often see in such stories to move the plot along.

The characters are likable, but also have to make hard choices and sometimes ones that seem wrong.

It is one of the best series I ha
Oct 12, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Although this is a familiar story, (a young adolescent living in a unique world discovers she has unique abilities and must risk her life many times to learn more about her abilities and to save those she loves), I liked it.

I like opposing qualities of healing that are discussed throughout the trilogy.

I like that despite the war theme, it is a pretty clean book for YA to read, no bad language or teenage romance dribble. But still a great read and one that I would feel fine about letting my pre
Aug 01, 2015 Petra rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Wasn't that bad but it took me almost half a year to read it
B.A.  Wilson
Apr 02, 2016 B.A. Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wow! Fantastic!
Sep 03, 2016 Jaylee rated it it was ok
I listened to the first two books on audiobook a few years ago, and I remember finding them an amusing way to pass a boring day at work but nothing to write home about. The third book was never made into an audiobook, and I found myself wanting to know what happened, so bought it on steep discount.

Granted, huge gaps between books in a series makes it hard to follow along. However, this book was a LOT harder to follow when you're reading it.

There are so many proper nouns. A dozen towns, countri
May 13, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read book 1 and 2 when they came into the library and got through them really quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed them and wanted more. I then found out I had to wait about a month for this one to be released and I was annoyed as well as excited. I put an order in at the library, asking them to buy it for their stock but it took longer to go through than I expected. It only came in last week. I considered just buying it a few times myself, but I really can't spend more money on books, I'm broke, so ...more
First Novels Club
Oct 14, 2011 First Novels Club rated it really liked it
Shelves: donna, reviewed
About DARKFALL -- The characters from THE SHIFTER and BLUE FIRE continue to develop, the plot thickens like no one's business, and the ending lives up to your expectations and then some. All in all, it's an excellent final book in The Healing Wars trilogy.

And five reasons you should read The Healing Wars trilogy:

* If you're looking for a strong and smart heroine to root for, Nya's your girl. For years, life has handed her one struggle after another, and she has to make multiple heartbreaking ch
Jan 18, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good, but not the captivating conclusion I was hoping for. That is not because the story is flawed, simply that it does not go where I would like it to. I thank Hardy for an intriguing magic system and a fun trilogy, even if the bang it ended with didn't really echo for me.

The best element in this book, and a real improvement upon the previous two, is that Nya not only has to rescue people, she has to save them. Some injuries don't bleed and actually require time to heal, not just magic. We reco
Mar 02, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
What a fitting ending to this trilogy. I have to admit this is one of the most fun series I have read in a while. I really enjoy the world Hardy has created. It is so rich and detailed and interesting. I am really intrigued the concept of shifting or taking pain from others. I find it fascinating that it can be weaponized. Nya is such a strong, fearless young woman it is hard not to root for her.

Darkfall takes place after the events of The Shifter and Blue Fire. Nya and the rest are hiding out
Feb 19, 2012 Traci rated it liked it
There is nothing like being satisfied at the end of a trilogy. The healing wars is ultimately about people escaping the grasp the Duke has on all the people within his reach...the Takers, the Healers, The "cats", The Undying, The soldiers, and His family. Throughout the book you feel a sense of hope and longing. Nya is such a strong heroin and her strength, I felt, was best described by the singing of her younger sister Tali throughout the book. She gave her simple praise ongoing exclaiming that ...more
An enchanting children’s/ young teen fantasy tale that is supremely magical and dreamlike.

‘Darkfall’ is the third and last installment within ‘the healing wars’ trilogy, following on from the pain merchants and blue fire. The stunning purple cover is really beautiful and I feel that this book visually caters to its target audience perfectly (the younger Young Adult reader). Full of fast-paced action, intense drama and epic battle scenes anyone who loves the fantasy genre will be delighted by th
Sep 25, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
It's a few months since I read the previous two books in The Healing Wars trilogy. I really enjoyed both of them, and was amazed at the level of world-building, character-building, and the strength of the writing in what was, after all, a "kid's book". So I went into Darkfall with high expectations.

And they were completely blown out of the water.

I loved this book. In fact, the strength of this book is such that the entire trilogy is painted in a new light. It's not just a great fantasy trilogy,
Oct 12, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
1. Cover 4/5
De covers van deze serie vond ik op eerste gezicht niet mooi. Dit is puur persoonlijk omdat ik geen fan ben van het 'neppe'. Maar wanneer je elk boek leest begin je de cover enorm te waarderen, ze sluiten zo goed aan! Echt heel knap gedaan! Je hebt ook nieuwe covers, deze zijn meer mijn stijl maar ik twijfel nog een beetje of ze nou ook zo mooi aansluiten.
2. Verhaal 4/5
Zoals ik al eerder aangaf is het een meeslepend verhaal. Het grijpt je en laat je niet los tot je weet
Rena  Traxel
Mar 26, 2012 Rena Traxel rated it really liked it
"Discover a war-torn world
where healing is dangerous,
and those with the best
intentions often do the
most harm."

Doesn’t that little blurb from Janice's website make you want to read the series? You won’t be disappointed! Darkfall is the third and final book in The Healing Wars series. Nya, the pain shifter, comes up against the Duke in a final, climatic battle to reclaim Geveg. If the Duke is to be defeated Nya must build an army and come to terms with her amazing pain shifting ability.

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Shazza Maddog
Sep 09, 2012 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
Nya and her friends return in the third of The Healing Wars series, Darkfall. When we last left Nya, her little sister, Tali, had been captured by the Duke, and Nya had to make the choice of whether to try to find her then - or escape and live with her friends.

Tali has been missing for some months when the story opens, while Nya, Danello and Aylin are at Jeatar's farm, laying low and trying to decide their next move. When they find out that the Duke is going to attack the farm, as well as Geveg
Feb 09, 2013 Regina rated it it was amazing
I don't know what took me so long to finally read this series but I'm glad I finally did. Everything from the worldbuilding to the characters stole my heart . I felt quite nostalgic when I finished this book knowing it is the end. Nya was fierce, strong and very clever which made me love her character a lot. I feel that most female characters are not very clever in YA nowadays and Nya really stood out to me. She not only kicked ass, she was also resourceful. All the supporting characters were in ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing
So very sad right now! Just finished the third book in the Healing Wars series. That means that there is no more Nya and friends. Don't know if I will ever get over it!!! This trilogy had me drawn in to the adventure from page 1 of the first book! It is every bit as good as Harry Potter or Charlie Bone. And do I dare say it (yes, I do) BETTER! This series NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE! I NEED MORE!!! Deserves 100 Stars*************... Great job Janice Hardy, I love your writing style. Please give me more!
Apr 13, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Hey, I liked this series. The concept of pain being utilized as a weapon and the ability that healers have to heal through the removal of pain is a great idea!


This book just didn't do it for me as a great ending. No, that's not right. It had a great ending, very well done. It's just I feel like the characterisation really lacked in this book. I felt disconnected with the characters. People died and I didn't really feel any grief for them. Also, the romance? A failure. It felt half-hearted. A
Angela Wallace
Nov 10, 2011 Angela Wallace rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
In the final installment of The Healing Wars, Nya finds herself the unintentional hero behind the war against the Duke. The people of the Three Territories are gathering for their defense as the Duke prepares to invade and squash the rebellion. Nya doesn't want to lead her people into war. She just wants to find and save her sister, Tali. Yet the only way to do that is to stop the Duke once and for all.

At this point in the trilogy, the plot started to remind me of Mockingjay, the third in The Hu
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This was a phenomenal way to finish an epic trilogy. Nya is positively amazing in this last chapter of her story. So many choices to make, so many lines to cross. This book really defines the beauty of flawed humanity. Nya is constantly having to choose if the end justify the means, if eventing isn't as black and white as everyone makes it seem. There were so many plot twists, I'm pretty sure I got whiplash reading one aft
Nov 11, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this whole series. Some of the themes are a bit simple, but the story and worldbuilding is good, plus the magic system is cool. I like that not everything turns out 100% peachy keen in this book, despite it being for a younger audience (though that's not to say it's super depressing either, just realistic). Good books, worth a quick read.
Ferdinand, Jr.
Oct 28, 2012 Ferdinand, Jr. rated it really liked it
This really was a fun book series to read. It wasn't anything heavy. It was just casual. I really enjoyed reading it.

The main issue dealt in this book was whether Nya should stay and lead/inspire the rebellion or escape. She was the only one who could inspire the people, and this gave her a responsibility. I can very much relate to the thought processes she went through. Sometimes, there are things only we ourselves can accomplish, no one else. We either do or ignore it. I love how Nya "did" it.
Amelia Loken
Oct 14, 2011 Amelia Loken rated it it was amazing
Great, great ending of the Healing Wars trilogy. Still kept me guessing and on the edge of my easy-chair until the end. What a super book!

This has a 15 year old protagonist and I would recommend for someone 12-14 years old and up. There is death of badguys in the end of every book; badguys who have been torturing her or her friends by using their talent for healing, but in a twisted fashion. Nothing super graphic, but could be disturbing for readers under 12.

This book has a couple of friends kil
Mar 21, 2015 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It had an amazing storyline and a lot of action which I was pleased to find that I could follow easily. A few things I did not like would be that the deaths of certain characters - that you will come to like during the series - are very unceremonious. You have to read the passage a couple of times so that you can see that they died and were not just injured. Also the ending is not the greatest, I mean it was happy and all but it didn't leave me with the elated feeling of vict ...more
Michelle Wiles
I absolutely loved the last book in this series. It was action packed from start to finish. I love all the characters in the series and absolutely loved the ending. I would definitely recommend.
Jan 26, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
While it has been a while since I've read the first two, I remembered enough to understand what was going on. I have to admit, I really enjoyed this book series. It's always great to read about a world quite different from ours, not to mention the entire series' take on healing. I enjoyed the resolution to the series as well; not too happy, but not too sad either. Some survived, some didn't, and some in between. It also comes full circle with Nya's heritage and what happened before the war. You ...more
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