Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy

(Healer #1)

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…



Let me tell you: If it’s from Maria V. Snyder, it must be good! LOL. Sorry, i can’t help but say that. Seriously, Snyder can make a zombie out of me with her marvelous story – i was sucked in from page 1. With a little irritation on the female lead, plus the “That’s it?!!” kind-of ending, Touch of Power is another series from this  superb writer that I will continously read.

Avry is feisty! She’s strong-willed, compassionate, and intelligent. Her conviction on who will be healed/saved by her, despite threats and a lot of pain, is praiseworthy. I just did not like her being over suspicious towards Kerrick. It took almost 3/4 of the story for her to be convinced of Kerrick’s intentions. I thought that was a little too harsh, considering Kerrick saved her life. Now, Kerrick – he’s really something, alright. Cold-hearted, insensitive, and calculating – he resembled the perfect rogue whose heart got broken into a million pieces, explaining why he is what he is towards Avry. But when the coldness melts, Zing! Liquid fire. 😛

The romance part slowly creeps on the sidelines, like it was an afterthought. But just when i thought it will never be, Snyder surprised me when the end is near. I suffered from Tohon’s advances, but it was all so worth it when Kerrick stepped up. So, so worth it. *sigh*

Avry’s adventures across the Nine Mountains is entertaining and full of action. But the face-off between Avry/Kerrick/Tohon is really lame. I found it so easy to the point of being underplayed.  

A Touch of Power will keep you sitting in a corner, reading while gripping your armchair, flipping the pages until you reached the end. I love the ride when Snyder’s driving, if you catch my drift. 😉

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: Mira Books

Pub Date: 12/27/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Lisa Wray for granting my galley request.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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