Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Healer & Witch

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Book Review - Healer & Witch

About the Book
After eleven young-adult novels, best-selling and award-winning author Nancy Werlin casts a brilliant new spell in a middle-grade historical fantasy for fans of classic fare.

Nancy Werlin’s first story for middle-grade readers, Healer and Witch, tackles and transcends traditional fantasy tropes: can a young woman gifted with magic learn to manage her powers—and claim her strength—without violence? Sylvie and her mother and grandmother are beloved, trusted healers in their medieval French village, though some whisper that fifteen-year-old Sylvie and her grand-mere deal in more than herbs and medicines. Perhaps they’re a bit . . . witchy? After her grandmother dies, and an attempt to use magic to heal her mother’s grief brooks tragic consequences, Sylvie leaves her village in search of a teacher. The journey subjects her to strange alliances, powerful temptations, danger, and deceit. In the end, there may be only one wise woman Sylvie can trust in a world that would define her limits: herself. Beautifully crafted, this quietly powerful work for younger readers assures a whole new audience for an established author.

My Take on the Book
From beginning to end this book really is a page turner. The book is a mix of history and fantasy and the author does a great job at creating characters that you will connect with, but also draws you into a world that is well developed, rich and lush. There is great interplay and connection between the characters and throughout the book you come to truly care about each of the characters!

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