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Rites of the Healer
By author: Anne Gray
Selling Points: "Fantasy, journeys"
Publisher: Sumach Press
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Pages: 288
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $12.95
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Sixteen-year-old Dovella is an engineering apprentice of great potential and talent, though her true vocation is for healing. She is about to go through the most important ceremony of her life, the Rites of the Healer, to join the ranks of the Healer's Guild. But the Village is thrown into turmoil when something goes wrong with the Sacred Machine that supplies electricity. Dovella finds herself faced with a grand dilemma: Only she can undertake the arduous journey to the Source Lake to fix the problem before disaster strikes, but to do so she must miss the long-awaited Rites.
Canadian Materials - March 16, 2008
"A good story. As well as the straightforward elements of action and plot, the conflict betwee various religious factions is well set out, and it is obviously possible to draw parallels with our own times…"
School Library Journal - March 1, 2008
"This fantasy portrays a strange but somewhat familiar story world…the book features interesting individuals in a compelling society that faces great dangers."
Books in Canada - March 1, 2008
"The plot is imaginative, the alternative world setting of Edlena is intricate and complex, and the plot is suspenseful. …there is much in the story that reflects everlasting issues such as the tug between youngsters and their elders, the conflicts between males and females, the fight between science and superstition, the need for tolerane and understanding, and the values of truth, self-sacrifice, honour, and integrity no matter what one's quest may be...."
Resource Links - February 1, 2007
"Anne Gray's themes (the necessity of co-opration, consultation and the importance of the accetance of others' beliefs and hopes) ring out in the political tangleswithin the Village and between the different peoples of this mythical land. Middle school fantasy fans will delightfully turn the pages of this good fantasy and will eagerly look forward to its sequel."

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