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I'm also very glad that we didn't get the big storybook ending, at least so far. The author does such a good job of writing complex, multidimensional relationships that I was slightly dreading a sharp decline to happily ever after.
I feel like I have a reasonable degree of confidence at this point that even if the main characters do end up in a romantic relationship, it won't be a trite cliché.
The Healers' Road isn't my usual type of book (although you might think differently if you witnessed the T. Kingfisher bibliography pour through my timeline), but I enjoyed it very much.
It's very much a book about interpersonal relationships, decorated in a vaguely fantastic setting, and the author wonderfully illustrated concepts like how uncommunicated assumptions can poison your interactions with someone, or how hiding things we're afraid of or embarrassed by often lead to us suffering more.
I'm looking forward to the second part, although I think I'll need to cleanse my palate with something faster-paced first.