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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 208
Themes: Healing, heritage, war
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
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Gabrielle is a bonemender of extraordinary talent. Between her work as a healer and her duties as one of the royal family of Verdeau, her life is busy, comfortable and predictable—until the day a stranger arrives at her gate, desperately seeking help for his injured friend. To Gabrielle's wonder, they are Elves, a people not seen in Verdeau in many years. And they bring news of a coming invasion that threatens the freedom of the entire Krylian basin, human and Elvish alike. As Verdeau arms for war, Gabrielle must mobilize the bonemenders and prepare herself for the nightmarish work of battlefield healing. But what awaits her on that bloody field is worse than anything she has imagined. And what is she to do with the love in her heart?

School Library Journal
"Bennett has created a new world with people (and elves) who have problems, flaws, and heart. Gabrielle is a wonderfully strong young woman who defies convention as she is not content to simply be a royal princess. Bennett is definitely a fantasy writer to watch."
Canadian Children's Book News
"A truly beautiful story that will stay in your mind well after the last page has been read."
"Many twists and surprises to keep readers turning the pages and awaiting the sequel."
"Bennett crafts a well-written and engaging first novel with multidimensional characters, sure to be enjoyed by fantasy lovers."
Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated
"This is one compelling book."
"Parent and kid will both be talking about The Bonemender, for sure."
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"This first novel by Holly Bennett is well-written and fast-paced. It will appeal to teenaged readers who are looking for a good story in the fantasy genre."
Deakin Newsletter
"Totally engaging, and peopled with interesting and engaging characters, The Bonemender is a strongly told, highly readable, and very enjoyable fantasy."
CM Magazine
"A captivating fantasy tale that delivers warm, believable characters who continue to develop throughout the book...Readers will no doubt anxiously await the sequel...Highly Recommended."


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