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Curse of the Healer
After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire...and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her.
Fated to be a healer…
Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?
Destined to be his…
Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who's far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.
What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat's power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.
Curse of the Healer by Ashley York is a tale worthy to be re-read over and over again. It pulls at the heartstrings, and also leaves you on the edge of your seat for worry over the characters. I was excited to read Aednat’s story because we were introduced to her in the The Norman Conquest Series. A disabled heroine that focuses on healing, not expecting love, but has oh so much to give.
I love that the heroine was not perfect. Her disability (A club foot) was the source of her being shunned in her early years, but because of her cousin, she was able to have a life and explore her passions, which includes healing. Her low self esteem makes her think that love is not an option, so that proves to be a problem for her when she meets Diarmuid.
Can it be said that Diarmuid brings out her passions? YES! From the moment they met it was a constant battle of wits. Her headstrong opinions begin to shine through and of course that makes an alpha hero excited. A scene including mushrooms is especially amusing.
In Diarmuid’s POV, he never even thinks about Aednat’s disability. He obviously knows about it and there is an exceptionally sweet scene where he tends to her that made me love Diarmuid as a character. I’m pretty sure it makes Aednat melt as well.
The reader gets a sense of foreboding when the tale of Brian Boru is mentioned.
“There is also the tale of Brian Boru got his mighty strength from sleeping with the Great Healer. A virgin as well. His wife!”
This is the premise of the suspense and action that takes place later on in the story. It slowly builds to the climax. Loathsome people want to take Aednat’s virginity because of a myth. It set me on edge. BUT, it was probably my favorite part in the whole story. Sorry, Aednat; you being in danger actually was a fun read.
So, if you like sweet yet smoldering romances, Medieval myths and rotten characters, and of course happily ever after, then this story is for you.