Title: Healer’s Awakening
Author: David Hochhalter
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Coming of Age
The magical heralds emerged from the mist. I hadn’t thought they’d seen me, but before I knew it I was tasked with choosing the guide for the next merlin in exchange for the ability to read. They didn’t even ask me if I wanted this!
Now, all I had to do was survive. If only they’d decided to grant me a little magic as well…. But I’m stubborn, and magic or no magic, I walked a path that introduced to spirits and led me through a war.
I didn’t know magic. I didn’t know how or even if I could carry out the herald’s task. But the one thing I did know was that I wanted to make a difference in the world. I became a healer. Then the herald’s prophecy started knocking on my door and my life became even more complicated.
Avalon is a gate to other worlds, even Earth. Healer’s Awakening is a story of a young lady who just wants to find her own voice in a world full of turmoil.
Between Avalon and Earth, Petra will defy odds to make a difference. Petra never saw it coming. She’s been chosen to anoint the guide for the next merlin. In exchange, the magical herolds gift her the ability to read. No magical powers to speak of but Petra perseveres. Insecurities abound for poor Petra. Could she fulfill her duty? The more strife she went through, the stronger her resolve. The prophecy is at hand, but will Petra survive long enough to choose the guide or will those trying to stop the prophecy succeed?
Healer’s Awakening is an original fantasy filled with mystical lands, prophecies, a chosen young woman, war, and a full cast of characters. The plot moves at an even pace with a unique storyline. It took me a while to understand what was going on but once I got the gist, it flowed. The world-building is unlike anything I’ve read which is impressive considering it’s a fantasy book. Petra is a brave, gutsy heroine. If you enjoy immersive fantasy, you’ll want to read Healer’s Awakening. A good start to a fantasy series, Healer’s Awakening will appeal to the masses.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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By day David Hochhalter is an optical engineer who has designed some of the longest terrestrial systems in the world. Since he was given the 2:00am middle of the night idea brain instead of the 9:00am brain, he decided to try writing instead of reading technical manuals. Besides, imaging stories is more fun than reading about amplifiers. His published books are Wandmaking 101, Wandmaking 201, and the Healer’s series starting with Healer’s Awakening. Currently, he is working on another series in the same universe.
Reviewed by: Mrs. N