Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"Healer's Curse" by Kathrese McKee

About this book:

  Lady Elilan heals people. Or does she?
  The fever is back, and people in Northern Marst are dying. After Elilan’s husband dies under her care, she abandons her divine gift of healing. What good is the “gift” if she can’t save those she loves?
  Her faith is put to the test when the king commands her to nurse a seriously wounded enemy soldier back to health. Will she rely on her knowledge of medicine or entrust her patient’s life—and her good name—to the One who gave her the gift she has neglected? Elilan must decide what she really believes when death threatens again.”

Series: Book #1.5 in the “Mardan’s Mark” series. (Book #1 Review Here!)

Spiritual Content- Malachi 4:2 at the beginning; Prayers & Blessings; Singing a blessing song for someone’s healing; God is known as El in this series; Many talks about El, His will, gifts & prayers; ‘H’s are capital when referring to El [God]; Elilan wonders at one point if El hears or cares about her prayers; Many mentions of El, peace, being called & gifts; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of blessings; Mentions of a healing song; Mentions of prophets & visions from El; Mentions of spiritual beliefs & not believing a certain way;   

 *Note: Elilan is called a witch & a killer by others (which she isn’t either); A few mentions of a pagan god & those who worship it; Mentions of dark powers & the evil one.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘stupid’s; Wanting to slap someone (once); Mentions of deaths, illnesses & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a war, fighting & swords (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of poison & a poisoning (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of gossip, rumors & lies; Mentions of a chamber pot & using it; A few mentions of a murder & the body (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of spirits & drunks; A couple mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of nightmares.

Sexual Content- three hand kisses, two palm kisses, a forehead kiss & a semi-detailed kiss; Noticing, Nearness & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); Touches & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Delivering a baby (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Mentions of noticing, smelling & touching; A couple hints of what a man prizes most & a healer seeing the same on every man; A mention of a wedding night (not details); A couple mentions of kisses; A mention of a married couple kissing; A mention of male appreciation; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-(Lady) Elilan, age 18

                                      1st person P.O.V. of Elilan
                                                 131 pages

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My personal Rating-
This was a nice tie-over until the next book in this series comes out. I think I actually, possibly enjoyed this novella a bit more than the first book—both are interesting and good, but there was just something about this one that I liked a bit more. I do have to say, though, I really like that the characters in this society are diverse—it adds to the story. I thought “Healer’s Curse” was well done and I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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