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The Rising
Kelley Armstrong
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
The Mark of Athena
Rick Riordan
Princess of the Silver Woods
Jessica Day George
The Serpent's Shadow
Rick Riordan
The Demigod Diaries
Rick Riordan
Marissa Meyer
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
Jane Yolen
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
William Joyce
Perfect Scoundrels
Ally Carter
The Shifter - Janice Hardy Nya is a fifteen year old girl from a family of Healers, individuals with the ability to take another's pain and pour it into a rare and precious type of stone, pynvium. But Nya's gift is flawed - she can take away the pain, but cannot push it into the pynvium, but only into another person. This curse which prevents her from ever working as a proper Healer, like her Mother and Grandmother and now her sister, Tali, also makes her a target for unscrupulous men.

Political intrigue, government corruption, and betrayals are rife in this debut offering, but the politics are sketchy and ill-defined, and I found myself puzzled by some of the motivations of the factions. Also, apart from Nya, Tali and their dancing friend, not a whole lot of the characters stood out for me. Still, the new take on healing is very original and I look forward to seeing where this series goes.