Author: Zoe Brooks
Publisher: White Fox Books (October 10, 2012)
"I had always felt most alive, when I was healing. Without healing I was a tin top spinning out of kilter soon to catch the ground. It took all my energy to hold myself from skidding into chaos."But in the city of Pharsis traditional women healers are banned from practising and the penalty for breaking the law is death by hanging. After being arrested and interrogated twice Judith is careful to avoid suspicion, but then scarlet fever breaks over the city like a poisonous wave, leaving in its wake the small corpses of children. What will the young healer do?
Love of Shadows is the second novel in The Healer's Shadow trilogy, which began with Girl in the Glass, and follows the lives of Judith and her Shadow, Sarah. It is a study in grief, love and defiance.
In this season of being thankful and giving, I am most thankful for authors. I am thankful for the authors that fill my inbox daily asking me to read and review their book. I am thankful that author's are patient, because sometimes life gets in the way of doing what you love. I am thankful that very soon, this blog - only 8 months old - will have 2600 page views. I am thankful that people who read my reviews and take my recommendations find that they too love the books and authors that I have shared. I am thankful for the Indy author, who struggles on a daily basis to weave words into sentences that become a beautiful tapestry known as a book.
I'm very thankful for Zoe Brooks. She asked me several months ago to review her book Girl in the Glass which I fell in love with immediately. It is a book that touches on your senses and begs you to slow down and savor every word as the ending draws near. As I mentioned in that review, I was to happy to find out that the book is a first in Ms. Brooks' Shadows Trilogy. Whew! And I am even more thankful to Ms. Brooks because she asked me to review the second book in that series.
Sometimes a series can let you down. You invest so much time into the characters only to find the next book in the series disappoints you. Well, let me tell you, Love of Shadows does not disappoint. It picks right up where Girl in the Glass leaves off. Ms. Brooks doesn't miss a beat getting right back into the lives of Judith and Sarah. There is adventure, there is tragedy, there is love, there is pain and there is healing.
As a reader I was never bored and I was never left unfulfilled. I was so pleased with this second book of Ms. Brooks, in the fact that she gives such beautiful descriptions and answers all of the questions that rise when one is reading a book. I really think you should get both of these books, snuggle up and spend your weekend in the city of Pharsis getting to know Judith and Sarah. You will be so happy to know them.