The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta – Review
I gave up before reaching the climax. The language was horribly anachronistic (though this may be a translation issue) and the author’s approach to showing and telling was frightfully inconsistent. Large, important crucial moments are glossed over in seconds, while pages are devoted to the most trivial of the protagonist’s musings or experience.
And the plots go beyond drama to sheer melodrama. It is impossible to feel any sympathy for the protagonist as most of the stuff that goes wrong in her life is a direct result of her own actions and foolishness i.e continuing to practice healing when she has seen at least three times how dangerous its, trusting stupid people who’ve betrayed her trust before. And we’re supposed to believe she discovered hypnotism and it’s effective in labour in the C14th?
She’s also a bit of Mary Sue, learning healing quickly, almost without instruction and then learns the art of fine sewing in next to no time?