Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Touch of Power

Touch of Power
by Maria V. Snyder

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...
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Maria Snyder is one of my favorite authors to read.  I can read her first book Poison Study over and over and enjoy it every time.  To me, that's simply amazing.   Touch of Power was similar to Poison Study in many ways, but dissimilar enough to be its very own tale.  Granted, it wasn't as great as Poison Study, but it had a lot to offer.

I loved Avry's character.  She was a real, believable, living character.  She was almost tangible.  The relationships the characters developed were just as real, and it was fun to watch the characters slowly change through the book as each influenced the other.  The world in Touch of Power was bigger and badder than that of Poison Study, but I thought it was just as well developed.  

 I often cannot put Ms. Snyder's books down.  This book was no different.  I stayed up all night long just to finish the novel.  I can always count on Ms. Snyder to have a book well worth the read. 

 Without a doubt, I loved this book.  It was a breath of fresh air from the usual stifling and forced melodrama of the YA books that threaten to dominate bookshelves everywhere.  The adventure was engrossing, the romance was sublime...  Very well done, Ms. Snyder.  Very well done.

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