Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan #1)
by Maria V. Snyder
amazon - paperback £6.07
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes 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 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—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....
Maria V. Snyder is back with a vengeance! Touch of Power is an action-packed, thrilling, imaginative and romantic adventure to rival Poison Study.
Heroine, Avry, is a healer and the last of her kind. Blamed for creating a plague that destroyed their world, Avry has been in hiding for the last 3 years. Unable to resist healing children, Avry is eventually caught, only to be freed by a man bent on using her to save a Prince he believes can save them all.
Literally from the first page I was sucked in by the adventure and Avry’s strong and compassionate narration. The action never lets up in Touch of Power, there’s constant suspense and intrigue. Similar to Snyder’s Poison Study trilogy, Touch of Power has that brilliant camaraderie between the characters, especially between Avry and a few of the men who have ‘captured’ her to take her to the Prince. Plenty of humor, sadness, frustration and charm are provided by the well-rounded group of characters, all accented by an imaginative plot that swept me off my feet. I think Touch of Power may be Snyder’s longest novel, yet I wolfed it down in less than two days, I was so struck by the worldbuilding, plot and compelling characters ('good' and 'bad').
Cannot wait to read more of this epic fantasy romance! Awesome stuff.
Five Massive Massive Stars!