Title: The Healer in the Mist // Author: Samantha Dearing
Date of publication: August 6th 2020 // Print length: ebook, 358 pages
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Magic is replaced with fear and desolation, and each day is survive, adapt, run, or hide. Althea remembers the time before the Immortuos, the Purple Mist, and she may be the only Healer left with the enchantments to stop it.But in her past there is a demon. Always fear. Fear beyond the Immortuous, fear beyond the Purple Mist, fear that took her to Base Village, her Majesty’s court, and the love the consumed her and violently devoured her.The fear is in the Never Knowing, and nothing in this world embraces anymore.
Trigger Warnings: This book deals with adult themes that include violence, mental, physical, and slight sexual abuse as well as themes of suicide
Writing Quality 4/5, Character Development 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 4/5, Intellectual Depth 5/5, Diversity 4/5, Originality 5/5, Overall 4.5/5.
Honestly, when I agreed to review this book, I didn’t know what to expect. At first, I wanted to turn down the request, but I am so glad I decided to on reading The Healer in the Mist. Despite some minor issues I had while reading, this debut novel deserves all the love it can get; I won’t forget Althea easily!
For the first time she felt that the ability to be strong was beyond her reach, and in the stability of her hiding spot she fully let go her apin into her clamped hands.By medicine life may be prolonged
As soon as I started the novel, I got very confused. The story is told in the third person, and each chapter focuses on one character and their way of doing things. It may have been my tiredness or my lack of attention, but I couldn’t concentrate on anything. Soon, as I got more into the story, I fell head over heels for Althea, the main character, and I couldn’t put the book down. Frankly, even if at first I got a tad annoyed, it was all worth it in the end, as the story left a mark on my heart. On the same note, this book is rich in details which enhance your experience, but at the same time, might destroy it if your mind is somewhere else. The novel is not a light read, as it requires concentration, but can easily make you invested, to the point where you can’t sleep unless you finish it. Take my word; it is addicting!
“Secondly, I want to hear you speak of this pain that makes you suffer. If you don’t face it… if you don’t speak about it and give it light, it’ll be this illusive shadow that neither of us will know how to battle.”Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind…
What stood out while reading the novel, was the repicture of the old tropes we all know so well. The wise person who helps the main character through their quests was no longer an old person, but rather someone you wouldn’t expect. Of course, throughout the book, there were multiple passages when Althea thought of her mother and grandmother to guide her in the harsh moments, but even so, they are not the ones who truly impact her. This person was Baldrik, the Queen’s brother. I can’t say more due to spoilers, but I guess you have to see on your own! Also, Samantha has a gift for writing truthful and touching relationship between characters; whether romantic, platonic or familial. I cannot describe into words the chills I felt on my spine.
How could she not be safe in love?DEVILS SOONEST TEMPT, RESEMBLING SPIRITS OF LIGHT
There were several characters on which the light was put on, but even so, all of them were well developed. Each was more or less present in the story, but all of them got the justice they deserved. Also, the characters weren’t introduced just to fill up some pages into the novel. The action was flowing nicely, and I never wondered how I got to a certain point while reading, and that is a plus.
He knew then that she may not necessarily need a lover, but she needed someone who loved her.More things in heaven and earth
I could classify The Healer in the Mist as a feminist read for multiple reasons. Althea ended up in an abusive relationship, and we all know how hard that can be on the victim. Many times, people that have never experienced or been through an abusive episode, do not know why the victim does not walk away. It is harder than that, often the victim has no clue they’re experiencing abuse until it is too late. Althea managed to run away, but yet she was not seeking revenge. She used her powers not to overcome the person that did harm, but to enhance her already beautiful features. She had endless compassion for others, even if she wasn’t in a good place. In the end, Althea realised that not all people are bad and that one should not blame everyone for the mistake of somebody. It is truly impressive the development she goes through. Althea teaches us that even if you’ve been through harsh times, life will get better. Plus, she showed us that you do not have to go through everything by yourself. The first step in the road of healing is the acknowledgement that you do not have to do everything on your own.
She now truly realized that he had wanted to help, she wanted him to help, and she didn’t want to be the solitary sentry aganist the darkness anymore.Make not your thoughts your poisons
Even so, there was something that did not stand well with me; and those were some typos. There weren’t many, but they shouldn’t have been there at all. (“Yes, Mireya. I think believe I can.”; “She was leaving”-the full stop is missing) Now, Samantha is a self-published debut author, so I am going to turn a blind eye. There wasn’t something big, and it is not like the novel was unreadable. Moreover, the story is so beautiful that you simply forget about them by the time you reach the end.
“This… this is a part of who you are now. Maybe only for now, or maybe for the rest of your life. It’s the worst thing, I think, that you can continue to be harmed by someone who never deserved you and your goodness.”MAKE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS YOUR POISONS
Overall, the Healer in the Mist is a valid debut novel that deserves to be read by more people. It is action-packed, and it reads like a fairytale. It also raises awareness of abuse and even gaslighting.
“I know. I know. I never intended to fall in love again period. And maybe, since it happened when we weren’t looking for it’ it’s what was meant to be. Maybe since it happened when we weren’t looking for it, it’s what was meant to be. Maybe since our desire for it didn’t manipulate and force the feeling to happen, that’s how we know it is real.”Hope is a lover’s staff; walk hence with that
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Grande-Dearing was born in 1986 in Albuquerque, NM. She had a passion for storytelling in multiple formats since a young age. She was even published at age 8 in the Anthology of Young Poets. Her storytelling medium later evolved to include Theater and Acting as she studied character development, Theater History, and effective world building. She received a degree in Fine Arts/Theater with an emphasis in Acting from UNM in 2009.