I did not have this site when I read the novels of this series, I believe. Thus here is my reaction to the novellas.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said…
The Healer by Virginia Boecker
Synopsis From The Book
John Raleigh, one of the youngest and most talented magical healers in all of Anglia, can relieve any ailment except, perhaps, his own broken heart. Since the deaths of his mother and sister who burned at the stake for witchcraft, John has spent his nights lost in nightmares and his days drowning in melancholy. That is until he’s summoned to the home of Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, who suffers from a mysterious illness that has confounded every other healer.
John immediately knows that this is no normal sickness. Nicholas, it seems, is falling apart because of a dangerous curse, and their only clue for a cure is a single name–Elizabeth Grey.
Who is this girl and how has she become mixed up with such dark magic? John must put these questions aside when Elizabeth is brought to him from the palace’s prison on the brink of death. It will take everything he has to save her, and to save Nicholas, but perhaps he’ll manage to save his heart along the way.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
I liked this series well enough. I really don’t remember it all that much, emotion wise, at the time of reading this.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Ha! I remember now. This novella follows my favorite character from the series (Witch Hunter) and when he met the main character. I adored the aspect of magic and healing within this novella.
Witch Hunter brief: The series takes place in a world where there is magic, but the King has outlawed all magic. Thus Witches are hunted and burned at the stake. Elisabeth, the main character, is a Witch Hunter accused Witch and later revolutionary who helps take down the evil Wizard who manipulated the king and the lands.
This novella follows John, Elisabeth’s love interest, before they met. It deals with his trauma from his mother and sister’s deaths, his magic in healing, and how he saved her life.
What I Liked:
It was short.
John; Who was my favorite character of the series and we focused on him more.
Healing magic; I remember having a clear confusion as to how magic worked when in the first two books. It worked because its a soft magic system and with this Novella we get more on the magic without breaking that soft system. I liked it.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Time Taken To Read
If I could copy and paste the lines from when he deals with the medicines and herbs I would. In total I didn’t pick specific things.