Touch of Power
Maria V. Snyder
Book I in the Healer series
Published December 20th 2011 by Mira (Harlequin)
copy received from publisher
Genre: Fantasy Adult, but also suitable for YA!
amazon (Paperback, Kindle)
synopsis from goodreads
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…
First I have to clarify that the cover I chose for my post is not the US cover, it is the UK cover. But, I loved this cover so much more that for once I decided to show the UK instead of the US cover. Also, this is exactly the version I got at the Frankfurt Book Fair from the awesome ladies at Harlequin.
First Snyder Book for Me
Touch of Power is the first book from Maria Snyder for me. I know she published a lot of awesome books already, but I haven’t read any of hers before. This will change now, though!
Strong Female Lead Character
Avry is apparently one of her kind. She’s a Healer, and some years ago, all Healers have been murdered – out of fear! Avry is the only one left and she travels in hiding, moving from place to place to never get caught. She has to hide her abilities, but when she sees a sick child, she cannot help herself but heal and rescue the child. This is also what got her caught in the first place and when the story begins with her being in prison and close to be excecuted. When Kerrick, who wants her to heal someone rescues her – the have to run for their life’s… But Kerrick has a secret of his own… Touch of Power plays in the 15 Realms where magic is real, but also feared.
I just adored Avry, she was lovely, strong, determined and very stubborn! I loved her compassion and that she’s willing to take so much pain just to heal someone else. She’s a true hero and I admired her!
Dark, Mysterious and Enigmatic Male Lead & and fantastic Secondary Characters
OoOOOo I can say that Maria Snyder created a Male Lead exactly how I like them. Strong dark, fierce, brooding, mysterious but… soft when it comes to the heart of a woman. *sigh* Kerrick, is definitely also one of it’s kind and he has a secret he’s not willing to share his own secret. He’s also very frustrating and truly and definitely alpha male material. Yep, he’s awesome! But I shouldn’t forget to mention the wonderful secondary characters! All of the men in Kerrick’s group were wonderful and deeply portrayed and I feel in love with them just as Avry did!
Great, Facintating and Fast Paced Story
Admittedly, I stayed up all night reading and wanting desperately to finish the book. When this happens, the book has to be good. And it was! The Storyline was very fast, complex and never ever boring. You had to know the secrets Kerrick is hiding and for whom he’s willing to sacrifice everything for Avry to heal. I was mesmerized and captivated by this story and loved every minute I spend with Avry and Kerrick!
Great kick off in a new series from Maria Snyder. Touch of Power has phenomenal characters you’ll love and hate at the same time. The femal lead Avry is a wonderful and lovely person who is a true hero in my eyes, add Kerrick the mysterious dark alpha male together with a captivating story line and you have a great book you won’t be able to put down!
Random Notes and Additional Info: After reading Touch of Power, I picked up her other books right away! I truly love her styla and Poison Study was absolutely awesome too! I still have to read her YA series “Inside Out” though… But, I most definitely will do!
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