Series: Healer #3
Published by Harlequin on January 1st 2014
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She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision….
Taste of Darkness is the third book in the Healer series by one of my favorite authors Maria V. Snyder. I read the first book ages ago and since I rejoined audible, decided it was time to check out the next two on audio. I didn’t review the second since Kate previously had done an awesome job with her review of Scent of Magic.
To break it down, we’re pretty much at the end of the series, so I don’t want to get to spoiler filled, but a lot has happened so far. Often Avry is separated from Kerrick during the series and the start of the book is no different. She doesn’t want to lose hope that he is gone forever, yet all her pursuits to find him are failures. Avry has other worries, as another version of the plague comes from nowhere and the Skeleton King and his army become a threat.
I love Avry’s spirit and her unending need to heal others, even those who are enemies. She takes on their pain in turn and risks her own life several times during the book. I love the other characters in the book as well, Flea and the Monkeys. Even the evil Tohon is well painted and although he is not always the biggest threat in this books, he haunts her dreams and adds an extra level of creepiness to his persona.
The audio version at first put me off. I didn’t quite like the narration, but quickly got used to it – technically that comment was for the second book, but it’s the same narrator in Taste of Darkness. Once I was used to her and her voices of the characters, I fell more into the story. It does bounce around between Avry and Kerrick, so it was distinct enough to get that across.
A wonderful ending to a series that has a unique fantasy world with strong characters and an engaging plot.