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Valor of the Healer

(Rebels of Adalonia #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The Rook

An assassin hired by vengeful elven rebels to kill the calculating Duke of Shalridan, Julian walks into a trap and barely escapes with his life. Healed by a beautiful captive in the dungeons, he's enthralled and vows to free her from the duke's clutches.

The Hawk

A Knight of the Hawk duty-bound to cleanse elven magic from Adalonia, Kestar has a secret--and heretical-
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by Carina Press
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Tiger Gray
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Valor of the Healer

I was very impressed by this. I was unsure what to expect because the synopsis sounded like standard fantasy fare with maybe a bit of courtly politics and some magic. Yet the cover seemed to be saying something entirely different... I'm not totally sure what. Having read the book, there is still a disconnect between the cover's tone and, if that's meant to be Faanshi, physical description accuracy. But, hey, it's just a cover. In the grand scheme of things, it's not even a
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Valor of the Healer by Angela Highland is epic fantasy set in a robust world. I’d been looking for a book like this for a while and once I started reading, I found it difficult to stop. The three main characters had distinct voices and each called to me to finish their story. Of course, with the novel being fantasy, the story isn’t done at the end of this book, but this particular chapter is brought to a satisfying conclusion with just enough unanswered questions to invite the reader to continue ...more
Dee Eisel
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Lee French
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has great characters and a solid plot. It's the first of a trilogy and focuses on the Healer. She begins meek and grows into full personhood with a deft, natural progression of character development. The assassin and soldier have less growth, which isn't surprising given that each man has his own book in the trilogy.

I found Faanshi's portrayal to be subtle and striking, and entirely believable. Julian struck me also a very real person. Kestar seemed to be the weak link among the trio,
Jul 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm sorry I believed the reviews for this on Amazon, and sorry I paid 99 cents for it. It really bothers me when people can write such hate-filled stories, whether the protagonist is 'good' or 'pure' or not. But the world this was set in was so horrible. I couldn't stand reading it. I made it 25% in before pushing it aside. The cover shows a too-tan elf girl barely holding up her dress. But the girl in this story (Faanshi) was a drooping slave left in a cellar who can't control her healing power ...more
Nicole Luiken
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, sf-fantasy
The book starts with a bang as Julian tries to assasinate the evil Duke and ends up escaping only thanks to the wild magic healing power of Faanshi, a half-elven slave. It's impossible NOT to root for Faanshi as she strives for freedom and to overcome a lifetime of being told she's worthless.

This was one of those books where one plotline, Julian and Faanshi's, appealed to me more strongly than the secondary one involving Kestar--though I did like the magic link.

Quibble: Did we really need to kno
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
well written fantasy. strong, fully fleshed out characters. good pacing. action, adventure, elves, magic!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars... but not sure I want to read any book 2
Siv Therese
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great read, just a slow pace sometimes that for me
made it loose a star. Still great book with a truly well
developed world build.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, e-reader
Reviewing my shelves, I liked this one more than the original 2 stars indicated. Bumping up to a three, because some of the scenes are still in my brain all these months later. Imagery was very descriptive, and vibrant.
Apr 15, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
I try to be patient with fantasy because they usually do take a while to get going, but I got past the halfway point and just wasn't interested enough to keep going.
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Meh. Not bad. I might have rated it higher but the use of the term "she-elf" really bothered me. Yes, she is a she, and also yes she is an elf. Still. Plus I can never say no to a wacky cover.
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The very first thing Angela Highland ever wrote, at age 8, was a short story about a girl spirited away to rule over the leprechauns for a day. She progressed rapidly to pretending to take notes in class when she was actually writing novels, and writing fanfic before she had any idea what fanfic was! Music has been a part of her life almost as long, thanks to six years playing flute and piccolo in ...more

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