I'm on a temporary hiatus at the moment. I'm not sure how long it will be.
I've been taking some time off reading to concentrate on other hobbies that blogging hasn't given me much time for, I'm also having to get ready for university starting again in a few weeks!
There may be a few reviews popping up from pre-scheduled but at the moment I'm taking some time off!!
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Review: The Pain Merchants by Janice Hardy
Rumors of another war make Nya's life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she's faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?
I was drawn into this book from page one, whilst magical healing is something that you see a lot in fantasy, this book dealt with it originally. I don't see how it was really dystopian though, there were references to what had happened in the past, a war and Geveg being taken over, but I think the book worked perfectly well as just a high fantasy. nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
I struggled a little to keep up with who was who and what was going on, the politics confused me, as did the magic side of things. I enjoyed the storyline though, I liked watching Nya grow from a girl trying to fit in to somebody proud of her own abilities and I liked the group of friends that she surrounded herself with, their interactions were very realistic.
The worldbuilding is very rich and beautiful, and the characters were reasonably well developed. I particularly liked Danello, a night guard and possible love interest to Nya and I look forward to reading more of him.
Overall, this book was a great fantasy with a fantastic concept. Unfortunately the politically intrigue could have been toned down a little.
Overall Rating: B
Stand Alone/Series: First in a series
UK Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens Books
Uk Release: 6th January 2011
Book received from Read It, Swap It