2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards Finalist for Science Fiction and Fantasy
In a land of subtle magics, a woman of peace must face the violence within her, and a man of war must learn that weapons will not give him the victory he desires.
Years ago, the Kel Nira gave up her name and all attachments to devote herself to her people. As Chief of the Healers’ Order, she has grounded her life in service, peace, and compassion. But now war has come to her country, and everything is changing.
When the invading army’s Lord Corvalen offers a treaty, it falls to the Kel Nira to decide whether her people will accept it or continue to fight. Yet even as she struggles to make the right choice, her own long-suppressed violent instincts are resurfacing, challenging everything she has believed about herself and her place in the world.
Nor is there peace for Corvalen, who finds himself falling in love with the Kel Nira and seduced by the subtle magics of the land she serves—the land he is sworn to conquer for his king.
“This is the kind of book that I not only loved, but that stayed with me long after I put it down. . . . Though set in a fantasy world with a fantasy war, THE HEALER’S CHOICE could easily have been Britain as it fell to Roman occupation. A lovely, well-written novel with fascinating characters on both sides of the war. I want to read it again. I want to read the next one in the series. I love it so much, I am buying copies for my friends. It’s just that good.”
–Christy English, author of The Goddess Diaries and the Shakespeare in Love series
“The characters are varied and true-to-life, and every one is rooted in the imagined cultures in which they live. The world-building is complex and beautifully wrought, from the smallest details of daily living to the intricacies of war, medicine, philosophy, religion, and magic. The story is multi-faceted, with twists and surprises that are alternately exhilarating and heart-breaking. . . . Magical!”
–Jack Massa, author of Cloak of the Two Winds
“The Healer’s Choice is one of the most exquisitely written epic fantasies I’ve read in a long time. The characters are well rounded, and the plot moves towards the end in such a way that you will want the second book as soon as you’re done. I’ve read the book several times, and each time I find something new to contemplate, even as the story moves me along. The choices and events that propel both the Kel Sharha and Corvalen towards the main choice of the novel are often nail biting. Kathryn Hinds had written characters you can care about, as well as antagonists that will set your teeth on edge. I look forward to the next book in the series, as well as any other book she has to offer!”
–Mab Morris, author of The Red Khémèresh
Read the first chapter here!