Sunday, July 14, 2013

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder Review

Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Mira
Format: E-book
Page Count: 390 pages
Source: Borrowed
Series: Healer #1


Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....


This wasn’t as good as the Study series but it was still amazing.

Avry is a healer. If someone is hurt, she can make them good as new again. Problem is, she is hunted for her kind. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague to the people and everyone wants her dead. She is the last of the healers and until Kerrick finds her and saves her from execution, she is forced to heal Prince Ryne while still being hunted.

I really liked the characters. Maria made them really likable (except Kerrick) and I really wanted them to be my friends. 

This isn’t some insta-love romance. Trust me, this isn’t. Kerrick was cruel, hard, tough, and a guess a little abusive. Don’t believe me? Who ties a woman to a tree in the cold?! That bastard. Avry and Kerrick started off hating each other and later on, a on and off friendship.

This didn’t have me as much as the Study series did but it was still enjoyable and I was mentally stabbing the bad guy in this.

Full of adventure and magic, Touch of Power started off a great series.


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