I love everything Kay Moody writes but was a bit hesitant to read one of her earlier books lest it not measure up. I should have known better than to worry. Everything Kay writes is exceptional.
Set 100 years in the future, 21-year-old Kenyan-born Imara attends an Egyptian school that trains gifted students. Her gift? She can see lies and emotions. Unfortunately, her incredible gift has made her a bit of a loner, even an outcast among her classmates. At her graduation party, her sister and several others are kidnapped by taggers, a small extremist group that wants people's crimes to be permanently attached to their names so everyone will know they are not to be trusted. Imara, along with several old and new friends (?), must enter the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa in the hopes that she can find the taggers' hideout and rescue her sister. Two problems. First, the catacombs are closed to the public after they flooded 20 years prior and even the police are afraid to enter. Second, the catacombs are filled with illusory traps. Will Imara's gift be enough to see them through? And will she and the others learn to trust each other and work together?
This was a fantastic story. I was surprised by twists at several points but also loved how often things were not what they seemed. Imara's ability to see whether someone is telling the truth or lying is not only burdensome but problematic because she can't see motive. She is also used to distrusting people because of her ability to see whether or not they are lying to her. I loved how she was challenged in her beliefs, how she was forced to learn that just because someone was telling their truth, it didn't mean that they were good. I also love how she stayed true to many of her inner values, regardless of whether someone else was telling the truth or a lie. As Abe so often says to her, "You should really think about not sacrificing yourself for other people so much." But this is who Imara is. And her story is one of friendship, of family, and of truth.
I am loving this series. The books are well written, flow smoothly and are easy to read.
The characters are so lovable. Imara is strong, determined, compassionate and wants to do what is right and be a good person. After losing her Hila to an Eraserfall in book 1, she is ready to go to work with Abe and try to help Cairo from it's tangle of problems.
Naki is Imara's older sister. Imara and Naki have had a troubled relationship for years. Now that Imara has changed her perspective and they have apologized they are ready to fix their relationship.
Abe started a business that has been helping to rescue kidnapped orphans, and does security jobs as well. He is head over heels for Imara, and the feeling is mutual. He is a protector. He thinks nothing of putting his life at risk to save someone else, a trait he and Imara share.
So much happens in this book. It is full of twists and turns, betrayal, hope and inspiration. I can't wait to see what happens in book 3.
Such a wonderful series of books. I love the characters and hate to see this series end. As this is the final book. Wonderful writing by author: Kay L. Moody.
A pet peeve I have with a lot of YA fiction is that the characters seem to get kidnapped a lot, so when one of the main characters started planning her own kidnapping, I had to chuckle.
Healer takes place where Truth Seer leaves off. Because of events at the end of Truth Seer, Inara's future looks completely different than she had expected and Abe offers her a job working with his business to rescue orphans who have been captured by gangsters. Sounds straightforward enough until the taggers reemerge and start wreaking havoc again. With Inara's abilities weakened and Abe in denial of his own, they must rely on their friends' hilas (supernatural abilities) and work together to restore justice to Cairo. As if anything is ever that simple...
I loved how Inara has learned from her past mistakes and tries so hard in this book to see the good in people. In book 1, her gift of seeing whether someone was telling the truth led her to judge those who lied, rather than realizing the reasons and the meanings behind the lie. Now, she is trying to find good in people for whom there may be little or no redemption. But it's fun because I can relate to this. It's a struggle when you value truth to not judge those who lie but also to honestly evaluate the person without being biased in any direction. Her relationship with Abe was put to the test as well. Truth matters. But how and why it matters is often more complicated than we think.
As always, there was a twist at the end and I can't wait to see how this saga reaches a conclusion. I've already started reading book 3.
I absolutely love this book. I haven't read anything like it. It kept me captivated from the first page through the last and left me wanting more. The book is very well written, flows smoothly and is easy to read.
I love the characters. The characters in this book have Hilas, a special ability. Each of the main characters have a different Hila. Imara is a truth seer. She has the ability to see if someone is telling a lie or the truth, emotions and feelings. Being a truth seer is rare. Imara is an extremely talented truth seer.
This book is full of mystery, adventure, suspense and so much more.
While the entire book only covers about a weeks worth of time, the characters change and grow so much during that time. I think the character who changed the most was Imara. While she is a truth seer, she sees the best and worst of people. She is still going to Hila school and has not yet fully mastered her Hila. Seeing her realize that emotions are as complex as the person feeling them and that you can't judge someone based on what they are feeling or thinking in a particular moment in time, was like a proud parent moment.
I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see what happens next.