Double Monster Review: Touch of Power

Double Monster Review: Touch of PowerTouch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Healer #1
Published by Mira on December 20th 2011
Pages: 394

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...

I've been a huge fan of Maria's since first laying my hands on Poison Study and have since then taken a road trip just to meet her, read everything she's written and simply just love her work. So, when I heard about this new series, I was psyched. I loved her dystopian but was aching for more fantasy since the end of the Glass series. When this one came out on Netgalley, I was excited and then Kate read it and said "You will love this book" and so I picked it up as soon as possible.

I could not put this book down. I had to, as I started it before break and really should not be calling in to work (although I thought about it…) over reading a book. I loved the setup of this book. Avry is on the run and gets caught, almost executed and then saved only to be forced to risk her life again for another person, a person she could not care more for. Avry is easily making it to the top of my favorite characters. She's stubborn and strong, willing to do what she needs to survive but always seeming to fall for saving a sick child. She is a healer, one of the last alive, and she is being hunted for a crime that healers did not even commit.

I love the journey this takes Avry on. The band of men she travels with you will grow to love just as Avry does and their characters shine through the story and make it even more worthwhile to keep reading. I like that there is a price to pay when one uses magic, that's it is not as simple as waving you hands and kazam, all healed. The world surrounding her is torn between rivaling groups. Fighting for power, these people are out to get any advantage and Avry being a healer is right on top of that list. Avry and her merry band must find the man they need to be healed before it is too late or before she is taken by someone else who wishes to use her powers for more sinister reasons.

Final Verdict:
Definitely another emotional and adventure – filled novel by the ever fantastic Maria V. Snyder. I will have to wait impatiently for the next novel as I wonder where adventure will take Avry next.  

A few years ago, Kristen turned me on to Maria V. Synder. I think our first conversation about Synder went something along the lines of… "What? You have never read her books? Go fixed that immediately." Well, since Kristen and I have pretty similar tastes, I took her up on her sugguestion and I have been addicted to Synder's books ever since.

Unlike previous books written by Synder, Touch of Power took some time to get into. I started this book one day, just wasn't feeling it… put it away and it was weeks before I actually started again. In the book's defense, I know it wasn't the book's fault. It was mine. Not sure why the book didn't grab me the first time. But when I tried it again, wow, I just got into it and did not stop till I was finished. Definitely a stay up till the early morning hours type read.

Avry is a pretty kick-ass heroine. But I would expect no less from Maria V. Synder and her books. In addition to Avry, the rag-tag group of rogues that Avry befriends made this book. I loved the interaction between our main character and the secondary characters. And Kerrick, our love interest, was smokin. Brooding, troubled, and a bit mysterious. Yum.

Although every Snyder book seems to have the same type formula, no two series are alike. And that is one of the many reasons Synder is one of my go-to authors when I am looking for a fantastic read. Touch of Power is no exception. The world that Synder creates is lush. I would love to visit any number of her worlds and just get lost in them.

Final Verdict:
Touch of Power is a great start to a new series. Although everything seemed to wrap up nicely at the end, I am positive that there will be plenty of action and adventure in the following books of the series. And I can't wait to visit our characters and this world again.

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