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The Healer's Apprentice

Author : Melanie Dickerson

ISBN10 : 0310407532

Publisher : Zondervan

Number of Pages : 272

Category : Juvenile Fiction

Viewed : 304

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Book Summary: In author Melanie Dickenson’s new book, a young healer’s apprentice named Rose believes she will never marry ... until she meets Lord Hamlin, the future ruler of her village. Hamlin is everything she could ever want—kind, understanding, and a man of faith—but her low station and the fact he’s already betrothed to a mysterious woman makes their romance impossible. As Lord Hamlin seeks to find the sorcerer who cursed his future bride, Rose’s life spins toward confusion. A creative retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale.

L'Apprentie du magicien

Author : Trudi Canavan

ISBN10 : 2820509444

Publisher : Bragelonne

Number of Pages : 768

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 344

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Book Summary: — Peut-on étudier la magie et exercer le métier de guérisseur ? — Bien entendu. La plupart des mages ont des passions personnelles et des projets bien à eux. Mais pour l’instant, ta priorité est d’apprendre à contrôler ton pouvoir. C’est ce que l’on appelle le « prix de la magie ». Si tu ne réussis pas, ton don finira par te tuer. Considérant la force de ton pouvoir, je doute que les ravages se limitent à une seule pièce... Alors que toutes les jeunes filles de son âge espèrent trouver un bon mari, Tessia n’aspire qu’à devenir une guérisseuse. Elle sait que la Guilde n’accepte pas volontiers les femmes, mais elle est bien décidée à prouver sa valeur. Pourtant rien ne va se passer comme elle l’imaginait... Un jour qu’elle s’occupe d’un malade chez le seigneur Dakon, un puissant magicien, Tessia a instinctivement recours à la magie pour repousser un prétendant trop insistant. La voilà aussitôt destinée à devenir l’apprentie de Dakon. Une vie excitante s’ouvre à elle : étude des arts fascinants de la magie, beaux vêtements, raffinement des buffets... autant de choses autrefois inconnues qui pourraient lui faire oublier sa vocation première. Mais devenir une magicienne implique aussi d’assumer de lourdes responsabilités, surtout lorsqu’une guerre est sur le point d’éclater...

Le Secret de Pembrooke Park

Author : Julie Klassen

ISBN10 : 2820524494

Publisher : Hauteville

Number of Pages : 640

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Aussi romantique que Jane Austen, aussi sombre que Charlotte Brontë. Jeune femme sensée, Abigail Foster s’inquiète pour l’avenir de sa famille depuis qu’elle est ruinée jusqu’à ce qu’un étrange notaire leur propose d’emménager dans un grand manoir, Pembrooke Park, abandonné depuis dix-huit ans. Son père et elle s’y rendent et sont accueillis par le charmant vicaire, William Chapman, qui leur apprend que, selon des rumeurs, une pièce secrète renfermerait un trésor... Aux prises entre de vieux amis et de nouveaux ennemis, Abigail ignore la nature des dangers auxquels elle devra faire face avant de lever le voile sur ces mystères et de trouver l’amour qu’elle recherche depuis toujours... « Un régal pour les amateurs de romances historiques qui font la part belle aux mystères. » - Booklist « Le style de Julie Klassen séduira tous les lecteurs en quête d’une romance historique captivante. » - RT Book Review

Précieuse

Author : Maria V. Snyder

ISBN10 : 2280316218

Publisher : HarperCollins

Number of Pages : 512

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: Série « Le pouvoir des Lys », tome 1 Avry vit cachée. Elle est la dernière survivante du peuple maudit des Guérisseurs ; si elle se montre, elle risque la mort. Pourtant, un jour, elle enfreint ses propres règles. Cela suffit à Kerrick d’Alga pour la capturer et l’emmener de force. Au terme du voyage, Avry doit guérir un Prince au prix de sa propre vie. Mais, tandis qu’ils se lancent dans cette dangereuse expédition qui rapproche chaque jour Avry de la mort, il se noue entre elle et Kerrick une étrange relation de haine et d’intense attirance réciproques... A propos de l'auteur : Remarquée en littérature jeunesse dans DARKISS avec la trilogie « Les portes du secret », Maria V. Snyder revient en force avec sa nouvelle série « Le pouvoir des Lys ». Elle y renoue avec le genre qui a fait son succès : la fantasy. Dans la série « Le pouvoir des Lys » : Tome 1 : Précieuse Tome 2 : Magique Tome 3 : Puissante Dans la série « Les portes du secret » : Tome 1 : Le poison écarlate Tome 2 : Le souffle d’émeraude Tome 3 : Les secrets d’opale

Le manuel pratique du corps subtil

Author : Cyndi Dale

ISBN10 : 8893191652

Publisher : Macro Editions

Number of Pages : 324

Category : Health & Fitness

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Book Summary: Le corps subtil de Cyndi Dale est devenu le guide de référence pour qui désire explorer les différents types de guérison énergétique. Avec Le manuel pratique du corps subtil, elle nous offre une documentation tout aussi précieuse : un manuel d’instructions pratique nous permettant de mettre en application la guérison énergétique. Truffé d’informations claires, de conseils par étapes, de schémas et de conceptsclés, cet outil de travail fonctionnel et élaboré aborde des pratiques issues d’un large éventail de traditions thérapeutiques holistiques et de médecine énergétique, dont : + les six principales techniques énergétiques que tout thérapeute devrait connaître ; + des pratiques de diagnostic énergétique pour déterminer le genre de méthode qui s’avèrera le plus efficace pour des problèmes de santé spécifiques ; + l’établissement de limites énergétiques claires et flexibles, en prodiguant des conseils particuliers aux thérapeutes professionnels ; + des techniques pour travailler avec les aspects subtils du corps, des émotions et le subconscient ; + des dizaines de pratiques thérapeutiques qui sollicitent les chakras, les méridiens, le chi, le travail respiratoire, les champs auriques, la géométrie sacrée, l’acupression, la musique et bien davantage. Comme l’écrit Cyndi Dale, toute médecine est énergétique – on peut dès lors utiliser les pratiques des énergies subtiles en accompagnement de toute approche thérapeutique ou d’autoguérison. Servi par des connaissances fouillées et un langage accessible, Le manuel pratique du corps subtil fournit tant aux professionnels qu’aux néophytes des ressources indispensables sur les différents types de soins énergétiques et leurs applications – pour que vous puissiez commencer à exploiter ces puissantes pratiques dans votre vie

La philo, c'est la vie !

Author : Jules Evans

ISBN10 : 2501083865

Publisher : Marabout

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Social Science

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Book Summary: La philosophie pourrait-elle sauver votre vie ? C'est parce que la philosophie l'a sauvé d'une grave crise émotionnelle que Jules Evans se passionne pour ces idées qui, nées il y a 2 500 ans, peuvent encore nous aider aujourd'hui. C'est partant à la rencontre de personnages aussi différents que des soldats, des psychologues, d'astronautes, d'altermondialistes et même de gangsters qu'il nous propose de découvrir comment la philosophie peut aujourd'hui permettre de mieux vivre. Ce livre est une invitation à vous joindre à une école de rêve, animée par une équipe enseignante chahuteuse, composée de 12 des plus grands philosophes du monde antique. Ils vous donneront des cours sur le bonheur, la résilience et bien d'autres sujets encore. C'est de la philosophie en action, de la philosophie pour la rue, le bureau, le champ de bataille, l'amour, bref, de la philosophie pour la vie !

Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine - E-Book

Author : Marc S. Micozzi

ISBN10 : 032329894X

Publisher : Elsevier Health Sciences

Number of Pages : 720

Category : Medical

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Book Summary: Practitioners like you have been turning to Micozzi’s comprehensive CAM text for the past 20 years. Filled with the most up-to-date information on scientific theory and research and updated contributions from world experts, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 5th Edition gives you a solid foundation of the therapies and evidence-based clinical applications for CAM – and expands your global perspective with new and updated chapters on healing systems from around the world. Dive into interesting discussions on massage, manual therapies and bodywork, yoga, chiropractic, osteopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and essential oils therapy, "nature cure," naturopathy and naturopathic medicine, and nutrition and hydration. With its wide range of topics, this 20th anniversary edition is your ideal CAM reference! • A broad perspective traces CAM therapies from their beginnings to present day practices. • Clinical guides for selecting therapies, and new advances for matching the appropriate therapy to the individual patient, enables you to offer and/or recommend individualized patient care. • Expert contributors include well-known writers such as Kevin Ergil, Patch Adams, Joseph Pizzorno, and Marc Micozzi himself. • A unique synthesis of information, including historical usage, cultural and social analysis, current basic science theory and research, and a wide range of clinical investigations and observations, makes this text a focused, authoritative resource. • Suggested readings and references in each chapter list the best resources for further research and study. • Coverage of CAM therapies and systems includes those most commonly encountered or growing in popularity, so you can carefully evaluate each treatment. • An evidence-based approach focuses on treatments best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence. • Observations from mechanisms of action to evidence of clinical efficacy answers questions of how, why, and when CAM therapies work. • Global coverage includes discussions of traditional healing arts from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. • NEW! Updated chapters feature new content and topics, including: challenges in integrative medicine, legal issues, CAM in the community, psychometric evaluation, placebo effect, stress management, and much more! • NEW! Updated guides on common herbal remedies in clinical practice, East and Southeast Asia, and native North and South America deliver the latest information. • NEW! Revised chapters with new contributors offer fresh perspectives on these important and relevant topics. • EXPANDED! Basic science content and new theory and research studies cover a wide range of sciences such as biophysics, biology and ecology, ethnomedicine, psychometrics, neurosciences, and systems theory. • NEW! New and expanded global ethnomedical systems include new content on Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism, Central and North Asia, Southeast Asia, Nepal and Tibet, Hawaii and South Pacific, Alaska and Pacific Northwest, and contemporary global healthcare.

Fundamentals of Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine - E-Book

Author : Marc S. Micozzi

ISBN10 : 0323510825

Publisher : Elsevier Health Sciences

Number of Pages : 736

Category : Medical

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Book Summary: Get a solid, global foundation of the therapies and evidence-based clinical applications of CAI. Fundamentals of Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine, 6th Edition is filled with the most up-to-date information on scientific theory and research of holistic medicine from experts around the world. The 6th edition of this acclaimed text includes all new content on quantum biology and biofields in health and nursing, integrative mental health care, and homeopathic medicine. Its wide range of topics explores therapies most commonly seen in the U.S., such as energy medicine, mind-body therapies, and reflexology along with traditional medicine and practices from around the world. With detailed coverage of historic and contemporary applications, this text is a solid resource for all practitioners in the medical, health, and science fields! Coverage of CAI therapies and systems includes those most commonly encountered or growing in popularity, so you can carefully evaluate each treatment. An evidence-based approach focuses on treatments best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence. Observations from mechanisms of action to evidence of clinical efficacy answers questions of how, why, and when CAM therapies work. A unique synthesis of information, including historical usage, cultural and social analysis, current basic science theory and research, and a wide range of clinical investigations and observations, makes this text a focused, authoritative resource. Global coverage includes discussions of traditional healing arts from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Clinical guides for selecting therapies, and new advances for matching the appropriate therapy to the individual patient, enables you to offer and/or recommend individualized patient care. Expert contributors include well-known writers such as Kevin Ergil, Patch Adams, Joseph Pizzorno, and Marc Micozzi. A unique history of CAI traces CAM therapies from their beginnings to present day practices. Suggested readings and references on the companion website list the best resources for further research and study. NEW! Added chapters offer fresh perspective on quantum biology and biofields in health and nursing, integrative mental health care, and homeopathic medicine. NEW! Updated chapters feature new content and topics, including: challenges in integrative medicine, legal issues, CAI in the community, psychometric evaluation, placebo effect, stress management, and much more! NEW! Updated guides on common herbal remedies in clinical practice, East and Southeast Asia, and native North and South America deliver the latest information. NEW! Basic science content and new theory and research studies cover a wide range of sciences such as biophysics, biology and ecology, ethnomedicine, psychometrics, neurosciences, and systems theory. NEW! Expanded global ethnomedical systems includes new content on Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism, Central and North Asia, Southeast Asia, Nepal and Tibet, Hawaii and South Pacific, Alaska and Pacific Northwest, and contemporary global healthcare.

Healing Insanity: a Study of Igbo Medicine in Contemporary Nigeria

Author : Patrick E. Iroegbu

ISBN10 : 1450096298

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

Number of Pages : 557

Category : Medical

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Book Summary: Healing Insanity: A Study of Igbo Medicine in Contemporary Nigeria is an original and in-depth study on endogenous medical system in an African society. It is craftily written and provides solid insight, through case studies and theory, into how insanity affects patients and the society. Particularly, it explores various collective representations and strategies regarding insanity and healing as it examines the healing institutions, healers, and ritual cults. The central question is, given the patterns of healing, how do the Igbo shape the incidence and symptoms of insanity, define its aetiology, and provide healers with culture-specific resources and skills to address this illness? The focus became increasingly centred on bodily semantics and endogenous knowledge systems and practices. Dr. Patrick Iroegbus work is a very valuable and rare study and has appeared at a desirable time. It is, for an African society, a comprehensive study of the many ways Igbo people, in their practical, routinelike attitudes and body-centred experiences, as well as in their more reflective aetiologic knowledge and healing institutions, relate to the phenomenon of insanity, or ara, in the cultural parlance. As the first of its kind, reminiscent of, and assured by, the various remarks of Igbo scholars and leaders at various meetings and discourses, the task this work has set out to accomplish is a very brave one. The authors account of his fieldwork experiences and adopted techniques illustrates his initiation, revealing him as a genuine ethnographer who is a friend of people and at ease with his field. With both the far-seeing and inspiring analysis of Igbo medicine, life, and culture accounted for in the work, the book stands out for ethnographers, teachers, students, leaders, policymakers, and the general public. This is a book that deserves to be read as it shapes the critical path toward understanding ways of healing insanity in a culture-specific context, crosscutting perspectives for a relationship between indigenous healing and the biomedical sphere. Prof. Ren Devisch (Africa Research Centre, University of Leuven) This book is written with a clear purpose for everyone to readto understand and heal insanityand indeed provides a thick piece of cultural philosophy and vernacular of Igbo medicine in hopes of putting cultural wisdom in pursuit of integral health care development. Prof. Pantaleon Iroegbu (Professor of Philosophy, Major-Seminary, Ekpoma, January 2006) To read this book, as I did, is to get the benefit of Dr. Patrick Iroegbus ethnographic insight for an archetypical African healing system in Igboland. It offers a fascinating theory of symbolic release that speaks of African symbolic action and knowledge system. Dr. Paul Komba, Esq. (University of Cambridge)

Spiritual Healing

Author : Jack Angleo

ISBN10 : 1911163027

Publisher : Collins & Brown

Number of Pages : 122

Category : Health & Fitness

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Book Summary: Spiritual healing is an ancient art which has been practised for thousands of years in many different cultures. Today healers are working more closely with doctors as spiritual healing effectively complements orthodox medicine. But spiritual healing extends to other levels of our being, to discover the causes of illness, and heal body, mind and spirit. This practical guide outlines: what spiritual healing is how healing relates to human energy system how spiritual healing can work for you how and where to find a healer how to use self-healing techniques

Ozark Folk Magic

Author : Brandon Weston

ISBN10 : 0738767433

Publisher : Llewellyn Worldwide

Number of Pages : 278

Category : Body, Mind & Spirit

Viewed : 1905

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Book Summary: Bring ancient methods of healing and magic into the modern world with this impressive book on Ozark folk magic. Providing lore, herbs, magical alignments, verbal charms, and more, folk healer Brandon Weston sheds light on the region's secretive culture and shows you how to heal both yourself and others. Ozark Folk Magic invites you to experience the hillfolk's traditional magic through the eyes of an authentic practitioner. Discover how to optimize your healing work and spells according to the moon cycles, zodiac signs, and numerology. Explore medicinal uses for native Ozark plants and instructions for healing magical illnesses. Combining personal stories and practical advice, this grounded book makes it easy to incorporate Ozark folk magic into your practice.

L'apprenti d'Araluen 12 - Rôdeur royal

Author : John Flanagan

ISBN10 : 2012043828

Publisher : Hachette Romans

Number of Pages : 384

Category : Juvenile Fiction

Viewed : 1279

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Book Summary: "La tragédie a frappé, et Will a perdu le goût de vivre. Il n’a plus qu’une obsession : se venger de ceux qui lui ont tout pris – quitte à oublier ses serments, à renier l’homme qu’il est devenu. Inquiets, ses amis cherchent le moyen de distraire son esprit tourmenté. C’est Halt qui trouve la solution. Il force Will à prendre à son tour un apprenti... en la personne de Maddie, fille de ses amis Horace et Cassandra, et princesse rebelle. Déchiré par ses démons, confronté à l’entêtement de sa royale élève, Will fait bientôt une découverte perturbante lors d’une vulgaire mission de routine. C’est un véritable réseau criminel qu’il vient de déterrer. Le Rôdeur laissera-t-il sa soif de vengeance le consumer ? Reste-t-il en lui assez du Will d’autrefois pour le pousser à sauver des vies innocentes ? L’ultime volet de la série L’apprenti d’Araluen de John Flanagan.".

Servir froid

Author : Joe Abercrombie

ISBN10 : 2820510582

Publisher : Bragelonne

Number of Pages : 672

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: « Des combats saisissants, une action brutale, un rythme effréné : Abercrombie enchaîne si bien les trahisons, les rebondissements et les retournements de situation qu’il entretient le suspense jusqu’au bout. C’est son meilleur roman. » George R.R. Martin, l’auteur du Trône de fer (Game of Thrones) C’est le printemps en Styrie. Et avec le printemps, vient la guerre. La guerre est un enfer, mais c’est aussi un gagne-pain pour certains, comme Monza Murcatto, la plus célèbre et redoutée des mercenaires au service du grand-duc Orso. Ses victoires l’ont rendue très populaire... trop, même, au goût de ses employeurs. Trahie, jetée du haut d’une montagne et laissée pour morte, Monza se voit offrir en guise de récompense un corps brisé et une insatiable soif de vengeance. Quoi qu’il lui en coûte, sept hommes devront mourir. Elle aura pour alliés un soûlard des moins fiables, le plus fourbe des empoisonneurs, un meurtrier obsédé par les nombres et un barbare décidé à se racheter une conscience. C’est le printemps en Styrie. Et avec le printemps, vient la vengeance.

Le Haut Seigneur

Author : Trudi Canavan

ISBN10 : 2820509479

Publisher : Bragelonne

Number of Pages : 528

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: — Pourquoi me montrez-vous ces livres ? Le regard d’Akkarin se plongea dans celui de Sonea. — Tu veux savoir la vérité, dit-il. Sonea a beaucoup appris depuis ses débuts. Elle a su gagner le respect des novices, et une place au sein de la Guilde des magiciens. Mais elle aurait aimé ne jamais découvrir certains secrets... Ce dont elle a été témoin dans la pièce souterraine du haut seigneur, ou l’existence d’un vieil ennemi de Kyralia, qui surveillerait la Guilde de près. Quand le haut seigneur lui dévoile son savoir, Sonea ne sait plus qui croire ou ce qu’elle craint le plus. La vérité est-elle aussi terrifiante ? Ou essaie-t-il de la tromper afin qu’elle l’aide à réaliser ses sinistres projets ?

The Healing

Author : Gayl Jones

ISBN10 : 0807063169

Publisher : Beacon Press

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Gayl Jones's special gift is to shape experience and make it seem unshaped. -John Alfred Avant, The New Republic Gayl Jones's first novel, Corregidora, won her recognition as a writer whose work was gripping, subtle, and sure. It was praised, along with her second novel, Eva's Man, by writers and critics from all over the nation: John Updike, Maya Angelou, John Edgar Wideman, and James Baldwin, to name a few. The publication of The Healing, her first novel in over twenty years, is a literary event. Harlan Jane Eagleton is a faith healer, traveling by bus to small towns, converting skeptics, restoring minds and bodies. But before that she was a minor rock star's manager, and before that a beautician. She's had a fling with her rock star's ex-husband and an Afro-German horse dealer; along the way she's somehow lost her own husband, a medical anthropologist now traveling with a medicine woman in Africa. Harlan tells her story from the end backwards, drawing us constantly deeper into her world and the mystery at the heart of her tale-the story of her first healing. The Healing is a lyrical and at times humorous exploration of the struggle to let go of pain, anger, and even love. Slipping seamlessly back through Harlan's memories in a language rich with the textured cadences of the black Southerner, Gayl Jones weaves her story to its dramatic-and unexpected-beginning.

The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine

Author : Anamaria Iosif Ross

ISBN10 : 1000180743

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Social Science

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Book Summary: Alternative medicine is not a fashionable new trend but an established cultural strategy, as well as a dynamic feature of mainstream contemporary medicine, in which elements of folk traditions are often blended with western scientific approaches.The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine is a concise yet wide-ranging exploration of non-biomedical healing. The book addresses a broad range of practices including: substance, energy and information flows (e.g. helminthic therapy); spirit, consciousness and trance (e.g. shamanism); body, movement and the senses (e.g. reiki and aromatherapy); as well as classical medical traditions as complements or alternatives to Western biomedicine (e.g. Ayurveda). Exploring the cultural underpinnings of contemporary healing methods, while assessing current ideas, topics and resources for further study, this book will be invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and health related professions such as nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and biomedicine.

The Healers

Author : Kimo Armitage

ISBN10 : 0824866800

Publisher : University of Hawaii Press

Number of Pages : 208

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: With roots firmly in the oral storytelling tradition, Kimo Armitage's The Healers weaves multiple narrators and time periods into a novel of remarkable breadth, giving insight into Hawaiian culture where nature, man, and the spirit world coexist seamlessly. Echoing the voices of long ago, the book celebrates the connection to stories of Hawaii as once told by grandparents and great-grandparents. In the world of The Healers, family and place are revered and aloha is heartfelt. Cousins Keola and Pua, chosen as the next generation of healers by their family, initially have an idyllic life as respected apprentice healers. Their days are spent training with their grandmother, investigating the healing properties of plants, and treating ailments of community and family members. Troubling dreams, however, foreshadow a sea change to come. One day, Pua meets and is immediately attracted to Tiki, a descendant of a powerful healing family from Tahiti, who has been mysteriously abandoned by his parents. Months later, Keola is sent across the island to train with Laka, the family's most knowledgeable healer, who was born with no arms or legs. A life-threatening challenge awaits this close-knit unit, and they must call upon generations of ancestral knowledge and skill to save those that stand at the precipice of death. This compelling novel fills a gap in the Hawaiian literary canon of works for young adult readers.

The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter

Author : Janice Hardy

ISBN10 : 0061949574

Publisher : Harper Collins

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers' League apprentices, Nya's skill is flawed: She can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people. Rumors of another war make Nya's life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she's faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

Author : Mark J. Plotkin

ISBN10 : 1101644699

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 352

Category : Biography & Autobiography

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Book Summary: The fascinating account of a pioneering ethnobotanist’s travels in the Amazon—at once a gripping adventure story, a passionate argument for conservationism, and an investigation into the healing power of plants, by the author of The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness. Aspirin, the world's most widely used drug, is based on compounds originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree, and more than a quarter of medicines found on pharmacy shelves contain plant compounds. Now Western medicine, faced with health crises such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, has begun to look to the healing plants used by indigenous peoples to develop powerful new medicines. Nowhere is the search more promising than in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical forest, home to a quarter of all botanical species on this planet—as well as hundreds of Indian tribes whose medicinal plants have never been studied by Western scientists. In Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, ethnobotanist Mark J. Plotkin recounts his travels and studies with some of the most powerful Amazonian shamans, who taught him the plant lore their tribes have spent thousands of years gleaning from the rain forest. For more than a decade, Dr. Plotkin raced against time to harvest and record new plants before the rain forests' fragile ecosystems succumb to overdevelopment—and before the Indians abandon their own culture and learning for the seductive appeal of Western material culture. Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice relates nine of the author's quests, taking the reader along on a wild odyssey as he participates in healing rituals; discovers the secret of curare, the lethal arrow poison that kills in minutes; tries the hallucinogenic snuff epena that enables the Indians to speak with their spirit world; and earns the respect and fellowship of the mysterious shamans as he proves that he shares both their endurance and their reverence for the rain forest.

The Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire

Author : Janice Hardy

ISBN10 : 0062012703

Publisher : Harper Collins

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: Part fugitive, part hero, fifteen-year-old Nya is barely staying ahead of the Duke’s trackers. Wanted for a crime she didn’t mean to commit, she risks capture to protect every Taker she can find, determined to prevent the Duke of Baseer from using them in his fiendish experiments. But resolve isn’t enough to protect any of them, and Nya soon realizes the only way to keep them all out of the Duke’s clutches is to flee Geveg. Unfortunately, the Duke’s best tracker has other ideas. Nya finds herself trapped in the last place she ever wanted to be, forced to trust the last people she ever thought she could. More is at stake than just the people of Geveg, and the closer she gets to uncovering the Duke’s plan, the more she discovers how critical she is to his victory. To save Geveg, she just might have to save Baseer—if she doesn’t destroy it first.