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“I absolutely loved this book. I became a fan of Maria V. Snyder's work back with Poison Study (book one in the Study Trilogy) and I enjoyed this one just as much. The world created for this new trilogy, although not in any way connected, had a very similar feel to it to that of the Study series....”see full review » see other reviews »
“As usual, Maria V Snyder's book is exciting, fun to read and most importantly: filled to the brim with interesting characters. They are the reason I love all of her books so much. I liked the Study & Inside Out series better, but this was still a great story and it didn't let me down at all. ”Ine wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yes, she follows a formula, but i just do care. Her characters are alive and real and very very grey. I just have fallen in love with her as a writer. A hunted healer is offered a chance of escape if she saves the one person she hates most of all. ”smog wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“She has done it again. I don't know how, but Maria v Snyder can write books that just makes me get so into them, that i will not stop until I finish the book and then just want to read more. ”Serephene wrote this review Friday, June 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i loved it, except... and it's a very big except for me: i was deeply disappointed that the abusive relationship the main character endures/is trapped in for half the novel turns into a romance. ugh.”Kora wrote this review Tuesday, June 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, 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, the 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.”Simone wrote this review Saturday, May 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Here's the thing I love about Maria V Synder's novels: they are as easy to slip into as a old pair of sweatpants, and just as comfortable. You dip your toes into her books and suddenly it's hours later and you're about halfway done.
This is the story of the last known Healer, on the run since a plague ravaged the population, her capture and subsequent adventures and run-ins with the factions vying for control of the shattered world. There is a little bit of the Black Death here, a little romance, a little politicking, and so on. It's very easy to be swept into the world.
However, like the air of comfy sweatpants, nothing here is that substantial. The romance was present but not the stuff dreams are made of. There was plenty of adventure and conflicts, but with few exceptions, they felt like filler until we go to the next Major Conflict or Character Reveal.
There is a decided Young Adult flavor about this book - not that it's a bad thing. Touch of Power isn't the best thing ever and it's certainly entertaining, but I didn't leave the book with the emotional echoes that some other books have left.
That being said, I have no reservations about recommending this book. If you like this sort of thing, then this will be the sort of thing that you like.”
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“Snyder’s fantasy novels are all a lot of fun! They have a wide appeal, too, and can easily fit the YA market, romance and fantasy fans - she makes sure there is something in her books for almost everyone! This first novel in the Healer series is no exception. Set in a new fantasy landscape - the Fifteen Realms - that has been decimated by a terrible plague, Avry is the last living Healer. She comes to play a crucial role in the new political climate that exists in the wake of the loss of two-thirds of the population of the entire land. Similar to her other novels, the characters play the largest part in the novel and there are a lot of likable ones, here. Even the villain is charming in his own way. The dialogue contains bantering humour and the relationships all have a convincing feel to them. The romance is fun, and adds rather than detracts from the overall plot. I do wish that Snyder had been writing about ten years ago when I had been desperate for new fantasy novels - I think I would have appreciated these more then and had even more fun reading them.
This is a fast and fun read. It is lighthearted and an easy escape to a simple fantasy landscape. It lacks some of the more complex details and detailed descriptions. But the point-of-view is limited to just Avry’s perspective. Perhaps a wider POV could help expand the background details and give this a firmer grounding. Still, I am looking forward to a sequel involving these truly likable characters. ”
“Another great series from Maria V. Snyder. I love her pacing and how she weaves her stories. I finished this one also in one day as I do with all her books. ”Tyger0902 wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Avry of Kazan has been on the run for three years, running for her life, she's being hunted because she's a Healer. Healers were blamed for a devastating plague that killed many and Healers are seen as unnatural by some. Healing anyone doesn't get you their undying devotion, it's gets you killed, so Avry has to be careful about healing anyone in fear of not be turned in afterwards. Avery keeps to herself mostly and doesn't stay in one place too long and is always around dying people but Avry's weakness is children. She can't seem to walkaway from a dying child. When Avry gives in a heals a little girl her escape attempt wasn't so lucky this time, turned in by the child's' father, she is locked up and awaits hanging, Avry's luck turns, or does it when she is rescued by Kerrick of Alga.
Kerrick and his band of merry men doesn't seem to have a problem with Avry being a Healer and she starts to get comfortable with them, traveling treacherous grounds, where you can meet your death by the hands of mercenaries, man eating plants, or huge animal beasts to name a few. Things are looking up for Avry until she finds out the friend they rescued her to heal is none other than Prince Ryne of Ivdel Realm who she despises and blames for the death of her people.
I loved Avry, she wasn't the skilled badass fighter but she can definitely take care of herself. I like her quick wit and her stubbornness. Or is it determinedness? She was a spunky and adept character.
I like Kerrick enough, okay fine I really like him. I figured I would end up liking him from the beginning but I wondered how would he redeem himself from his typical Alpha Male charm. Kerrick and Avry's relationship didn't start on the best of terms and it kept getting worse but it was obvious she was getting under his skin, in good way.
Kerrick's merry men were the most lovable bunch of guys ever, and I loved seeing their friendship and respect for Avry grow. Belen and Flea are my faves but I love the others just as much.
I thoroughly enjoyed Touch of Power, I don't believe I've every read a book entirely based in a world of it's own, I've certainly read many books based in the "real" world but also takes place or(eventually) ends up in a another realm or world. Didn't know I would enjoy reading a high fantasy story as much as I enjoy watching them.
With a clever concept and superb world building, the story kept me enraptured and intrigued. Great storytelling with a lot of twists and turns. There is so much more that took place in the story, a lot of unexpected surprises.”