Thursday, January 5, 2012
Age Group: Adult
Published: December 20, 2011 by Mira
Format: eARC, 394 pgs
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs 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 Fifteen Realms, 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...
Mini-Review: A fast and fun read full of magic, adventure, and unforgettable characters.
While I've always wanted to read her books, this is actually my first by Maria V. Snyder, and I have to say I enjoyed her work as much as I thought I would. She always has really interesting ideas and Touch of Power is no different. I loved the idea of a healer who takes on her patients' wounds being asked (or rather told) to heal someone she hates. Throw in some humor, family drama, awesome world building, and a dash of romance and I'm all in.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I did think the book was a bit predictable; that being said, it didn't really bother me. It wasn't as if I was reading a mystery and saw the ending a mile away. On the contrary, I just had a feeling certain events would take place. Also, I'm a sucker for guys like Kerrick, so that really helped.
Touch of Power was a great read, and, although it didn't completely rock my world, I will definitely be checking out more of Maria V. Snyder's books and tuning back in for more of Avry and Kerrick's adventures.
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