Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Format Read: e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher

Series: Healer #1
Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Fantasy
Release date:  December 20th 2011
Formats Available: e-Book, kindle, nook, paperback
Number of pages: 400 pages

Purchase information: Author Website, Goodreads, kindle, nook

Book Blurb:

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…

My Thoughts:

As amazing as it sounds this is my first read from Maria’s and I have to say that it was impressive. She created a mythical, dying world with loveable characters and an inspiring wish for them to be true.

I received this book for review for quite a while, and don’t knew what to expect, but heard so many good comments about, that I rushed him up my TBR pile and wasn’t disappointed.

I feel falling in a big fantastic world that has healers and magic surround people. As the author introduced a new character she created a whole story for it and made the book even more enjoyable.

Avry didn’t let me down. She’s smart, has a great sense of humor and despise everything she suffered and the people she lost, she still believe and good and honor. And I felt like every action of her was what keep the book so good. I love books with powerful leading characters, the stories are usually richer and this one was a piece of art.

Avry is a healer living in world post a major big disease that killed millions, and the remain blame the healers, so she struggles to help people and continue alive. There’s also a bounty for healer’s death, so everyone is after them. The book start by showing what people are capable off when they feel betrayed, even if is not really true.

Right in the begging, Avry is captured and that’s when we meet the other group of characters. Kerrick is their “boss” and every girl dream: strong, beautiful, but a pain in the ass. He need her help to save a friend, but Avry does not want to help since she met him once and he wasn’t good.

They travel for over three months and find some troubles along the way, plus Avry has a bit of a problem in following rules, so she and Kerrick pick some battles in the between. She helps others and most important for me, she discovers that life is more than saving people, is having friends.

The pact is full of surprises, some good others not so much, but their friendship made it all easier. I fell in love with Papa Bear since the begging and Flea was also a nice surprise. A book full of adventures is always a great read for me.

Will definaly be impatiently waiting for the next one and hoping that Avry will discover a cure for the disease, because definably they will defeat Tohon.