Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder


Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Type: Series: Healer
Pages: 394
Format: NetGalley eArc
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: December 20th 2011
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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....
Being a HUGE fan of Maria V. Snyder I was jumping at the chance to get my hands on Touch of Power as soon as I heard that it was coming out! & luckily thanks to NetGalley and Mira I got the chance to read the eARC!

Maria never disappoints me with her writing, her worlds are always fantastic and blow me away with all the amazing detail, and not to mention the plot and the amazing characters that always manage to suck me in, capturing me in their grasp and making me not want to let go when I arrive at the last page. 

A lot of people have been telling me that Kerrick was a lot like Valek from Maria's Study series, but I think that I have to disagree with them there, of course Kerrick had the massive yummy value that Valek had, and even though they were both awesome kick ass characters, that would protect the people they cared about with everything in their power, they are both very different and complex individual's in their own right and I love them both to pieces because of it!

Avry was a brilliant character, she was kind, smart and very funny, her witty lines and sarcasm had me giggling for the entire duration of the book. Especially her conflict with Kerrick and the scenes they had together....wow (so much tension). I really loved how she hated him so much at the start of the book and we all get to witness with each page as her feelings for Kerrick slowly grow into something much more.

I've already mention that Maria has amazing characters, and I'll clarify that doesn't only apply to the main characters, Maria manages to make you fall in love with the side characters also, even if they don't play such a huge role in the book they manage to take a piece of your heart with them, especially Papa Bear and Flea... loved them so much, but once again I loved them all!

I loved the idea with the Death and Peace Lillie's (man eating flowers!), I thought that the idea was nice and original and can't wait to find out more about them in book two!

I love a well written bad guy, and Tohon had the right amount of creepy mixed with freaky, he's really smart and has hidden secrets and crazy evil plots up to his eyeballs, I can't wait to find out more about him and his evil doings in future books!

Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors of all time, I love her books and will continue to read them obsessively, I hope that I've convinced you to give her amazing talent a try if you haven't already! (Was so hard to keep this review spoiler free as I want to gush and discuss theories with everyone!)

Touch of Power
by Maria V. Snyder
Some favourite moments:
In the tense silence, Vinn studied me. "I'm watching. Are you going to do any tricks?" I searched his expression, gauging if he was serious or not. "I can juggle." Interest flared in his blue eyes. "How many balls?" "Five." "Impressive. Anything else?" "Six scarves, but it can't be windy. And three daggers." "Ohh. That would be something to see."
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Later on... The three men stared at me. "Should I juggle now?" I asked Vinn.
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"A cheesy motivational quote. Kill. Me. Now." "Being nasty will only prolong your knife throwing lesson."
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Nice Kerrick was scarier than mean Kerrick.

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