Touch of Power
Maria V. Snyder
Published December 11th 2011
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.
Avery is one of the few left of her dying race. Ever since the plague, her kind have been hunted down and killed for reward. She is a Healer. The people of her land blame her kind for the plague and for refusing to heal those who have it - but doing so would kill themselves. When Avery is take by a group of men, she is taken by surprise that they don't want her for the reward, but for her healing abilities.
The world that Touch of Power is set in is amazing! I am always in awe of those authors that create whole new worlds for their stories, with new cultures and landscapes - I don't know how they can do it! I love the worlds that Snyder makes. Places full of magic and kings and queens and chivalry, places so different from the here and now.
What I love about Snyder's writing, is that the character relationships seem believable. As with all relationships, they have their ups and downs with a nice dose of humour thrown in. The relationship between Avery and Kerrick is one that I greatly enjoyed. I love how they have many a sparring match of wits, many of them leaving me in stitches - an looking like a spaz for laughing for no apparent reason. Here's one of my favourites:
'...things happen that are out of your control.'Over all, Touch of Power is a well written book that leaves you dying to find out what will happen next with an interesting enough story that will have you reading it over and over again.
Kerrick gave him a tight smile. 'You mean I'm not omnipotent?'
'You're not even semi-potent.'
'Is that even a word?' Kerrick asked.
'He probably means you're impotent,' I offered.
5 out of 5