Author : Kathrese McKee
Genre : Fantasy
Series : Mardan's Mark - between Books 1 and 2
Source : ARC
Length : Novella
Was this my curse? To lose everyone I loved?
What good is Elilan’s gift of healing if she can’t save those she loves? Elilan must risk failing once again or turn her back on her calling—and the stranger she’s learned to love—in Healer’s Curse.
My Musings :
I got this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
When I heard that this book would be released before the second book in the series, I was disappointed. But after reading it, I am glad that the author had taken the time to write it. At the end of Mardan's Mark, I had 2 thoughts. One was that it would have been better with a map of the realm included in the book and the other was that it could have included tidings of happenings at the palace in the absence of the Princesses and the Prince. The author, Kathrese McKee must be a mind reader because that's what this novella is about.
The blurb is rather short but it sums up the story very well. We are introduced to new characters like Elilan and Raymon while we reacquaint ourselves with a few known ones like Judge Elison and Greyson etc., While Srilani and others are struggling to head back home, we get to know Elilan, to whom Renee was apprenticed. I think the look given to Elilan in the book cover is quite right. She is a gentle waif but has a backbone of steel and a quirky sense of humour while Raymon is most times serious and sometimes roguish, Both are stubborn in their own way and their story is more the enjoyable for it. There are other characters coming and going and they all form the details of the book. We become more familiar with the Royalty families of Northern and Southern Marst. The plot is straight forward enough with just a twist or two thrown in. The romantic element forms the major part of the story this time with just a little bit of action added to spice it up. It's a good continuation to the series and I am most eagerly waiting to get my hands on the next book.
*Sighs* I have to wait some more to read about Srilani and Elilan and others but you don't have to, if you want to try out the series. Grab Mardan's Mark and get introduced to a good session of fantasy.
My one line review : Greater part romance and lesser part action makes Healer's Curse a good sequel!
My rating : 5/5
My reread factor : 4/5