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Darkfall (Healing Wars #3)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,022 ratings  ·  89 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
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Larissa
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
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Cindy
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
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Inori
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
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Philip Green
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
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Anita Truong
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
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Kim
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
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Becky
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
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
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Chris
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
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Angie
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
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Traci
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
Lucinda
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
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Jo
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,
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Emma
Beoordeling:
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
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Rena  Traxel
"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.

What I like
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Becky
In the final book in the Healing Wars trilogy, all Nya wants is to search for her missing sister — until she learns that her home city of Geveg has rebelled against the Duke. Now the Duke is bringing his whole army to Geveg to retake control, or destroy it entirely. Seeing no other choice, Nya takes off to warn her people, only to quickly become embroiled in the rebellion itself. But is she really a symbol of hope, or is she only a pawn? And can she manage to be a hero?

I won’t lie: I was a littl
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Shazza Maddog
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
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Regina
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
Jen
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!

BUT

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
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Angela Wallace
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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Ferdinand, Jr.
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.
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Amelia Loken
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
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Stephanie
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
Christoffer Lernö
This series isn't exceptional in any way, but is fairly pleasant to read despite that.

Only recommended for people with high tolerance for simplified stories.
Ashley Campbell
conclusion time ...
the end is near.
and guess what it leaves you wanting to read more and more and more ...
Tim
Loved this!!!
Final book in a trilogy from my friend Janice and it finished with a bang!
This is a fantasy story for middle grade readers (10-14), so for an adult it is a quick read with lots of plot action. I love reading good books in this genre (think Harry Potter etc.) and the book is simply wonderful, and I could just not put it down.
I loved the characters and how the concept that some people have a special talent for drawing pain and healing others. The world was well-built and the character
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Erin
These aren't the kind of books that start a fandom, but they are good nonetheless. Nya is a likable protagonist. She struggles internally with her decisions, making her a more likable and realistic protagonist. This book is geared toward younger audiences, so her and Danello's relationship was a little anticlimatic but cute. That's pretty much it.

4 out of 5 stars because it wasn't super awesome but I didn't really have any complaints.

Cover: The colors are beautiful and the hand doesn't look awkw
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Jo Oehrlein
Basically, the final battle between the resistance and the Duke. The kids are tired of fighting, but get pulled into things again. Didn't think the romantic tension with Danello was strong enough.

Like the creative ideas for defense and showing what difference a good leader (Jeatar) can make for a rebellion. Didn't like the result, but thought it was very realistic to show what happened when people thought they had an invincible hero and couldn't lose.

Maybe worked too hard on a tidy ending at the
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Mel Raschke
If you loved The Hunger Games trilogy and enjoy fantasy and science fiction dystopian stories you'll enjoy this series too - Darkfall wraps up the story neatly and satisfactorily and brimming with hope. You need book one and two to make sense of this trilogy.
Cogito_ergo_sum
I thought it was well written and the plot was well thought out. However, I still had trouble connecting to the characters. One thing that really annoyed me was how many times one of the character said, "you're intelligent/smart, etc.," and acted surprised. What's more is that the main character was a little too 'special'. This kept getting repeated over and over about how unique and special she was.
It was mainly the plot that had me keep reading.
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