I absolutely loved your book. I'm ready to say, "Movie!"
Your introduction and development of each character is superb and comes together perfectly for a suspenseful ending.
Avalyn introduced us to character pathology in her nurse's rounds then evolved into the right person to mirror our angst.
Dr. Brandt excellently portrayed the desire to live in the theoretical and then "wash his hands" of the practical implications. No doubt physicians will see the danger of practicing both white and black magic if the price is right; the real cost will be loss of respect, trust, and confidence.
The pivotal points of the issue were nicely drawn from philosophy, ethics, and worldview to illustrate that our states of mind can have unintended and unavoidable consequences. I think this book will be eye-opening for some who do not wish to see. For others it gives coherence to what they sense but cannot articulate.
I liked the way the definition of "dignity" was challenged. The secular worldview often turns words upside down in a futile effort to relativize reality. Dignity, courage, integrity, humility, credibility, the greatest good, all foundational to wise living were woven artfully in the narrative, rightside up.
I think this deserves a wide distribution and the timing is right to advance the discussion.
Ken Mueller, Ph.D.