Healer's Choice

Set in the world of Ghostland and Spider-Touched

This latest installment in the this series just keeps racheting the suspense and drama higher. Rebekka and Aryck's story is compelling, fascinating, and kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire book. Rebekka is compassionate and strong without being weak or wishy washy about it. I admired her for keeping to her morals despite what it might cost her. This story brought her to vivid life and I was sorry to see it end.

One problem is that at this point, the third book in the series, it seems like there are many more questions than answers. Not only is the game unclear, but it's uncertain who all the players in the game are. I would have liked a lot more backstory so that what was going on would be more clear. I suppose that since the mortal participants in the game are kept in the dark, Jory Strong is attempting to keep the reader about as in the loop as the characters are. This keeps the story interesting and compelling only up to a point. If not careful, Strong could fall over the line into the realm where the reader quits because the questions are piling up and the answers just aren't coming.

As of now, I'm still caught firmly in the fascination of the story and can't wait to see what will unfold next.


Book Blurb for Healer's Choice

In a post-Apocalyptic world where supernaturals have emerged from hiding, ancient, unseen enemies play a game that began at the dawn of human civilization. War is coming and neutrality isn’t an option. For Were shapeshifters, a healer’s gift holds the key to their survival…
 
Born into a world of violence and paid-for-sex, Rebekka longs for a family of her own and dreams of freeing those trapped in the shapeshifter brothels of the red zone. A witch’s prophecy claims she’ll one day use her gift to heal the Weres made outcast by their mixed human-animal forms. But Rebekka knows all too well that everything comes at a cost.
 
Made a pawn in a game she can barely glimpse, by beings whose motives she can only guess, she must navigate a dangerous course that might well cost her life. With her gift changed in terrifying ways, a plea to save five children sends her into the arms of Aryck, a Jaguar enforcer—and into territory controlled by pure Weres.
 
It’s a place where humans and outcasts aren’t welcomed. Where dead ancestors watch from the shadowlands and have the power to judge and punish the living. It’s a place where plague threatens and the fate of the Weres hangs in the balance. And where the choices Rebekka and Aryck make are paid for with their hearts…if not their souls.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2010 4.50