I debated about whether to write a post about this book, as the content pushes it a little higher than the normal interest level I usually blog about. However, I have included the first two books in the series, so I felt as though I should finish it out. Darkfall (Lexile: HL580; Interest Level: Grades 6-8) by Janice Hardy is the third (and final, I believe) book in the Healing Wars series. If you have not read the first two, you may want to choose not to read this review!
Picking up where Blue Fire ends, Nya is leading her friends right into war. She is finding allies in unlikely places, but is very careful of whom she trusts. It is up to her and her friends to stop the Duke and his powerful army that seems invincible. Only Nya has the power to stop the death soldiers, but many are willing to rally to her cause and fight along side her.
The adventure in this story, from the first book to the last, is remarkable. The growth of Nya's power and strength of conviction is amazing. What makes this book move up in Interest Level is just the more advanced content of the intensity of the story, so if you have been reading the series, it will be fine to continue. However, you definitely want to read this series in order, starting with The Shifter. (421 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.