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Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

December 11th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review for San Francisco Book Review

Publication date: December 20, 2011

Publisher: Mira

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!!!

Summary from 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….

Let me start off by saying OMG!! This was such an amazing book!  I am probably one of the few people who have yet to read her Study series but I read her Glass series and really enjoyed it.  I did have mixed feelings about the first book of the Insider series so I was unsure of what to expect with this one.  It sat on my shelf staring at me until I realized that the release date was fast approaching.  After finishing it I don’t know if I should be happy that I got to read it early or in a funk that I have just that much longer to wait for the next book.

The world Snyder builds is brilliant and draws you into the intrigues among the different kingdoms, the different types of magic and the cast of characters are simply stunning.  Avry was brave, stubborn, has a mind of her own and was willing to stand up to Kerrick’s brow beating behavior.  I loved her spunk but Kerrick and Belen were by far my favorite characters.  Kerrick initially started off as a total ass and turned me off when he actually had the audacity to hit Avry.  Believe me, he lost major points there and I did not think there would be any way he could redeem himself but he slowly wormed his way into Avry’s heart and my own.  I don’t envy him the burden that was placed on him to save the life of a good friend and the man who he hopes can save the world.  No pressure right?  Not to mention that Avry might be his last hope at saving his friend and every possible enemy is also on the hunt for her.  One of his men, Belen, endeared himself to me and I can’t imagine him not doing so to every reader.  Avry nicknames him Poppa Bear because of his fierce protectiveness over his “cubs” which comes to encompass Avry as well.  At first I thought he was going to turn out to be Avry’s love interest since I started off with such a negative feeling towards Kerrick and I must say I would not be disappointed to end up with a man like Belen.

I enjoyed the tension between Avry and Kerrick as they move from disdain and anger towards each other to respect and eventual love.  I know some people will probably say the romance was a little lacking and was slow moving but I really enjoyed that aspect.  Nothing bugs me more than when you have two characters who despise each other and then within a few pages are madly in love with each other.  I prefer seeing a relationship build as they discover each others flaws and strengths.

All in all this was a book that made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to curse some of the characters.  I cannot wait for the next book to come out!

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Fantasy

8 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I started this book but I couldn’t handle the annoying pdf format. I am planning to buy a copy after Christmas. :)

  2. Allison (Allure of Books)

    You have GOT to read the Study trilogy! Poison Study has been my stand out favorite of hers until reading Touch of Power. I know you’ll love it!

    I was kinda meh about her YA dystopian too, but her fantasy titles are gold!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Kailana-yeah, I’ve heard the eGalley format was horrible. Definitely have to read it when the paper version comes out!

    Allison-I know :) It’s sitting on my shelf and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet.

  4. Maria V. Snyder

    Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I’ll agree that Kerrick was nasty at first, but I like to take flawed people and show them changing over a course of a story and in front of the reader’s eyes :) As for the romance – I consider my books fantasy :)

  5. Debbie's World of Books

    Maria-Thank you for stopping by and for writing such a wonderful book! I cannot see what happens next.

  6. pepsivanilla

    I’m really happy that you liked this one. I was also a bit disappointed with both of the Insiders books so far. It’s great to hear that you still liked this book!

  7. Michelle

    Hmmm, I don’t know this one wasn’t really grabbing me but hearing you speak of it so highly makes me pause for thought.

  8. Debbie's World of Books

    Pepsivanilla-yeah, I haven’t even read the second Insider book yet since I thought the first one was just ok.

    Michelle-oh what a bummer. Maybe just wasn’t in the mood for it?

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