Author: Gregg Luke
Published: February 3rd, 2015
Paperback: 272 pages
FTC FYI: Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for honest review.
After successfully completing his first-year professorship, Welsh folklore expert Chris Pendragon has earned a vacation. At least that's what the young scholar tells himself—but deep down he feels an urgency to reassess his life, to find a sense of purpose. Hoping that perhaps a trip to Wales will provide the answers he seeks, Chris embarks on a journey of self-discovery. But he could never have anticipated the unimaginable adventure that awaits him ...
Shortly after his arrival in Wales, Chris is witness to a horrific accident with more far-reaching consequences than he could have dreamed. Following Chris's heroic rescue of one of the victims, an unexplainable phenomenon is revealed: bones that had been broken were made whole with Chris's touch. Still reeling form this discovery, Chris is approached by a wizened old man with an implausible answer: Chris has been chosen to be the bearer of the Dial, a healer of unparalleled power. But the calling is fraught with peril, and Chris soon discovers there are those who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dial. With the help of a beautiful, if skeptical, doctor, Chris must choose: go back to the life he was leading or embark on a thrilling new destiny.
The Healer grips you from the first page and doesn't stop until the end! I really enjoyed this book and Chris's journey to find the answers he is seeking and also how to find himself in his new role. I was fascinated by the Welsh history and loved the details of Chris's travels. I thought there were some very clever twists and turns, especially involving Dr. Ingledew. I loved Chris, but I think the character that surprised me the most was Father Llewellyn. He was a treat, absolutely delightful.
Every time he spoke, I smiled. The Father says something to Chris that really struck me.
"I've come to believe that those with the greatest blessings are often those with the greatest challenges." (page 229)
This statement fit this book perfectly. Chris, at first, sees his role as a healer as a burden. I loved reading his self-discovery and how he plans on handling it in the future. The history of the Dial was fascinating and enjoyable. The last few chapters were icing on the cake, a perfect way of showing the reader how he plans to treat his gift. I'm so excited to see what is next for Chris.
5 out of 5 stars.