Deadly Touch Series

Deadly Touch Series

by SoulhavenNZ

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Deadwood meets The Vampire Diaries in this tale of brother versus brother and blood-magic set in a gaslamp fantasy world.

Healer's Touch is available on Amazon Kindle.

Llew has a gift. Her body heals itself from any injury, at a cost to anyone nearby.

Llew’s father disappeared when she was eleven, leaving her orphaned, as far as she knew.

Since then, Llew has learned to survive the streets of the gold-mining town of Cheer – full of opportunistic men and desperation. It’s a hard existence made tougher when her so-called friend accuses Llew of murder, sending her to the gallows.

Llew’s Aenuk ability to absorb life means she doesn’t stay dead for long, but she does leave a trail of death behind her.

Escaping the hangman’s noose sees Llew fall into the hands of Jonas: the man with the knife and the Karan power to kill Llew’s kind. If Llew can nurture the attraction he has to her, maybe she can keep that knife from her heart.

But lurking in the shadows is Jonas’s half-brother, Braph: the man who has learned to combine Aenuk and Karan powers into infinite and addictive magical potential.

Healer's Touch is a fantasy novel flavoured with a wild west setting, steampunk-like technology, enough romance to draw you in, horror to keep you hooked, and just enough sex to keep things spicy. 

The story continues in Warrior's Touch and concludes in Magician's Touch.

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Chapter Name Release Date
Healer's Touch 1: The Dead Man ago
Healer's Touch 2: Behind Every Great Man ago
Healer's Touch 3: Innocent ago
Healer's Touch 4: Cleaning Up The Streets ago
Healer's Touch 5: To Kill The Unkillable ago
Healer's Touch 6: I Won't Tell If You Don't ago
Healer's Touch 7: Surprise ago
Healer's Touch 8: Polite Company ago
Healer's Touch 9: Your Secret ago
Healer's Touch 10: One Conditon ago
Healer's Touch 11: The Child ago
Healer's Touch 12: Love ago
Healer's Touch 13: Leaving Aghacia ago
Healer's Touch 14: A Whole New Country ago
Healer's Touch 15: Again ago
Healer's Touch 16: It’s Just Sex ago
Healer's Touch 17: Turhmos ago
Healer's Touch 18: Stay Optimistic ago
Healer's Touch 19: Growing Anxiety ago
Healer's Touch 20: I’m Sorry ago
Healer's Touch 21: It Wouldn’t Kill Her ago
Healer's Touch 22: Get Me Out Of Here ago
Healer's Touch 23: Fight Him ago
Healer's Touch 24: You Should’ve Saved Him ago
Healer's Touch 25: Home ago
Healer's Touch 26: Only You ago
Warrior's Touch 1: Costly Entertainment ago
Warrior's Touch 2: What Choice Did She Have? ago
Warrior's Touch 3: Only Aris ago
Warrior's Touch 4: All Better Now ago
Warrior's Touch 5: Just How Dead Were You? ago
Warrior's Touch 6: Game Changer ago
Warrior's Touch 7: You're Enough For Me ago
Warrior's Touch 8: You Did This To Me ago
Warrior's Touch 9: Uncertain Company ago
Warrior's Touch 10: And It's Captain To You ago
Warrior's Touch 11: Past Is Past ago
Warrior's Touch 12: Official Business ago
Warrior's Touch 13: A Symbol of Quaver's Strength ago
Warrior's Touch 14: It Ain't Right ago
Warrior's Touch 15: Are You Ready? ago
Warrior's Touch 16: Alive. Not OK. ago
Warrior's Touch 17: Sorry ago
Warrior's Touch 18: Never A Father ago
Warrior's Touch 19: Got It Out Of Your System, Now? ago
Warrior's Touch 20: Was Gonna Tell You ago
Warrior's Touch 21: Thank You ago
Warrior's Touch 22: Only Love ago
Warrior's Touch 23: I Gave Them Everything ago
Warrior's Touch 24: In Essence ago
Warrior's Touch 25: This Is What I Do ago
Warrior's Touch 26: Turhmos. Again. ago
Warrior's Touch 27: Love For Simply Being ago
Warrior's Touch 28: This Is Gonna Hurt ago
Warrior's Touch 29: Is It Broken? ago
Warrior's Touch 30: Don't Be Dead ago
Warrior's Touch 31: I've Got Now ago
Warrior's Touch 32: Helioraptor ago
Warrior's Touch 33: The Right Thing ago
Warrior's Touch 34: I Envy You ago
Warrior's Touch 35: He's Been Good To Me ago
Warrior's Touch 36: An Honest Woman ago
Warrior's Touch 37: You Don't Need to Ask ago
Warrior's Touch 38: Good Morning ago
Warrior's Touch 39: Your Loss ago
Warrior's Touch 40: Do It Properly ago
Warrior's Touch 41: For All Our Sakes ago
Warrior's Touch 42: Who Am I? ago
Warrior's Touch 43: This Is War ago
Warrior's Touch 44: We’ve Got An Immortal To . . . Mort ago
Warrior's Touch 45: Fly, Sweet Bird ago
Warrior's Touch 46: A Demonstration ago
Warrior's Touch 47: Not The Man He Was ago
Warrior's Touch 48: You Still Have A Job To Do ago
Warrior's Touch 49: Fight Me ago
Warrior's Touch 50: Not My Son ago
Warrior's Touch 51: There's An Exit ago
Warrior's Touch: Epilogue ago
Magician's Touch 1: Like Heroes (Part 1) ago
Magician's Touch 1: Like Heroes (Part 2) ago
Magician's Touch 2: The Good Son ago
Magician's Touch 3: No Regrets (Part 1) ago
Magician's Touch 3: No Regrets (Part 2) ago
Magician's Touch 4: Relax ago
Magician's Touch 5: Not On Our Watch (Part 1) ago
Magician's Touch 5: Not On Our Watch (Part 2) ago
Magician's Touch 6: No Threat ago
Magician's Touch 7: Her Pet ago
Magician's Touch 8: There's More ago
Magician's Touch 9: Get Out ago
Magician's Touch 10: Tired ago
Magician's Touch 11: It's Always Braph ago
Magician's Touch 12: Can We Catch It? ago
Magician's Touch 13: What If ago
Magician's Touch 14: Genius Bastard ago
Magician's Touch 15: Tomorrow ago
Magician's Touch 16: Say Goodbye ago
Magician's Touch 17: We're Not Ready ago
Magician's Touch 18: Keep Going ago
Magician's Touch 19: Fine ago

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I personally found the summary rather misleading. Admittedly, I have no idea what the Young Riders is, but based on the comparison to the Vampire Diaries, and the general vibe from the rest of the summary, I was expecting a pretty standard fantasy story with adventures and flashy magic, probably pretty boring, but at least relatively high quality given that it's been published on Amazon.

Only my "high quality" assumption was correct. The grammar is flawless. The author writes vivid descriptions of the scenes without bogging the reader down with extraneous details, and generally makes the story feel very real. This is, in some ways, unfortunate, since the story so far has been hella depressing and, in some places, pretty traumatic (although the author does a good job with content warnings, at least). Worse, the traumatising stuff is spread out across lots of small incidents, and characters' memories of the big ones, so it's always lurking in the background, even in the happiest scenes. My point is, this is an emotionally taxing story and may not be what you're looking for on RR, but it's well worth it if you're up for it.

The plot is much more character-focused than the typical fantasy novel, with complex interpersonal interactions. I also found that the worldbuilding was above average; the politics between countries are realistic and the background characters act like normal, real people with nonuniform reactions and opinions. Despite the character-development focus, the action scenes are still exciting and clearly written.

The only thing I really don't like about this story is its propensity to, like the Vampire Diaries, suddenly introduce a conclusion made by one of the characters with little to no proof or explanation of the thought process, and then consequently treat this hypothesis as a fact widely known by all. Some of this might just be me being a bad reader and missing other mentions of these conclusions, but it just seems to happen a lot.

Also, the story's just so serious, it doesn't really fit as a web serial. I'd advise binge reading it once it's finished, or just getting the Amazon version, rather than reading week by week.