Nya is the unwilling icon of hope for people. The books are fast paced and fairly action filled. Anyway, it's just a minor detail. Pick up a copy of the first book: Shifter. Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. This story has some really nice twists and turns.
It doesn't matter that it's written with 12 year olds in mind -- although I wish there'd been books like this when I was 12!. The thing I really liked about this book was the battle about morals and principles that the protagonist had to struggle with throughout the book. I flopped backwards into green floor pillows. It's fine but its quite frustrating. I found myself laughing, being drawn to the characters, and reading each book in just a day or two because I had to know what was going to happen. The must go back to Geveg and save their home before the Duke destroys everything in his way to total power.
My only complaint is that the enemy is somewhat one dimensional but really I'm just nitpicking. I've started this blog to document my 2015 Reading Challenge. All the supporting characters were in I don't know what took me so long to finally read this series but I'm glad I finally did. Danello — He was such a sweetheart! A nice, easy read and recommended for fans of fantasy. Spiders were big, and there were lots of cheeks with arachnids on them.
First, the pain merchant is less a catalyst than a vaguely threatening side story and a source of occasional guilt for the heroine. Nya learns all of these lessons in this book, but despite everything there is hope at the end. She was the only one who could inspire the people, and this gave her a responsibility. There are so many proper nouns. I could handle the smell if I had cute company while I worked. There were as many limps and crippled limbs from bad merchant healing as there were from war wounds.
I skimmed the better part of the book after establishing the main characters and who I needed to follow. Or will she and her friends die in the war? When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head. Nya keeps getting more stuff shoved onto her shoulders, whether she wants it or not, but we see how quickly she thinks and how one young woman's issues with her own strange powers can help an entire country. I was a bit of let down when what happened during the climax of the book wasn't explained. She is a Taker, someone who can extract pain and injury from others, but with unusual differences.
Most of the time, I found her irritating because she was so one dimensional. De schrijfster heeft een mooi en boeiend verhaallijn bedacht, ook was er voor mij geen verschil in 'leukheid' van elk boek. It opens in conquered Geveg centering on Nya, a young woman living hand to mouth after the death of her parents and grandmother during the war that the Gevegians lost. A thud and a crack, followed by impressive swearing. Neat little weapon if you piss her off right? Even the 'bad' guys had some depth and weren't simply two dimensional.
Pick up the first two books though before reading this: The Shifter and Blue Fire. That changed pretty fast when his troops invaded, occupying Geveg and stealing our pynvium when our Healers started hiding. She is forced to make quick and morally difficult decisions when thing escalate out of her hands. Fearing for her sister's life, Nya makes a deal with the devil, to help a pain merchant, who will in turn help her help her sister. 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. They don't even have to be mine, though that would be nice.
The story is written more simply because it's middle grade and that is one reason I'm not always a fan of reading middle grade books. And I just couldn't let it go. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people. She'd have an epiphany but later rethink her position. Chin tucked in, her wide brown eyes all puppylike, lips pursed and frowning at the same time. But as a novel, it's just not really worth the effort of reading it.