Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
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….
I LOVED this book! This was my first experience with Maria V. Snyder and I instantly fell in love. She has this amazing ability to describe everything so well. The people, the exotic places, the awesome plants- everything! I found myself so absorbed in the world that she created that I wanted to learn more about it. I was fascinated by all the plants and people, and I can’t wait for the second book to learn more. This is odd for me; normally I am mainly concerned with the characters in a book. And while I loved the characters in Touch of Power, I was equally, if not more, interested in the surroundings. That is pretty impressive to me. I can’t wait to learn more about the nine mountains.
Maria’s Characters are as wonderfully complex as her scenery is vivid. Avery is strong willed and pretty awesome. Everyone knows I love my spunky girls. I had a lot of respect for Avery. She had a really long and tough journey in front of her and she never backed down. She stood up for what she believed in. I loved that about her.
I also really liked Belen. I was on team Belen for the longest time. It took forever for me to Like Kerrick. But I think that is the brilliance of Maria V. Snyder’s writing. Everything is so real, so complex that it takes a while to get to know some of the characters. Just like real people, it takes time for them to grow on you. By the end I was HUGE Kerrick fan. He is so loyal. I feel like every time I describe someone that I like, I use the word loyal. But I put such stock in loyalty that it’s no surprise that most of my favorite characters are fiercely loyal.
Overall, Touch of Power was an amazing book. One that has made it’s way to my favorites shelf. The healer series is going to be magnificent. I cannot wait for the second book! Maria V. Snyder is a phenomenal writer. I need to go read everything else she has written ASAP! Great book, go read it now!
I never considered reading any of her books, but after reading your review, I’m thinking of reading this book when it comes out.
Christy (Love of Books)
Wow. I’ve never read anything by her either, but I have this one. Guess I need to get my butt in gear and read it.
Andrea @The Bookish Babes
What an enthusiastic review! I love when books spark that much emotion. I really want to start this series soon. Great job!
We Fancy Books
I have this from Net Galley too, I think ill be reading this next. Thanks for the heads up.
Jay @ We Fancy Books
Ooooh I’m soooo excited about this one!! 😀 Great review – I love books that are so realistic you can relate them to real life, even if they are fantasy!
I read her Study series and really enjoyed it – I didn’t know she had written this. Thanks for the review, I’m off to Netgalley right now!
I’m reading this right now and I’m loving it too! I’m definitely a Belen fan as well, I’m kind of starting to like Kerrick but he’s not quite there yet.lol
Wow! That cover is marvelous! I hadn’t heard of this book before your post and it sounds awesome! Thanks!
Oh and because I haven’t said it yet, thank you so much for checking out my little old blog! It sure means a lot considering you’re so blog famous so thanks!
Reading is my cup of tea
oh man, farah is scheduled to read and review that might i might snatch it up before she does! this book sounds really good, and your review makes me want to read it NOW. I might read it after the book im reading. Great review 😉
Ari (Reading After Midnight)
What a beautiful cover!
I can’t believe I didn’t see it on Netgalley. I really need to read this 😀
The Night Bookmobile
I really never liked Kerrick. In fact, I think my favorite character in this was the story. You should definitely check out the Study series. They are fantastic.
I just finished Touch of Power. Loved it! I love all the guys. 🙂
Çråz¥ Kï††¥ (Alisia)
I have read all of her books (i think) and I LOVED them all! I have been dying to read this one.
I just finished this book and loved it. But it is not nearly as good as Poison Study – that is one of my all time favorite books. I would strongly recommending trying it out, especially if you liked Touch of Power.
Also, I am so excited for Scent of Magic to come out soon! I hate that it takes so long to get the next book in the series, I want to read them all now!