Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
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…
If you’ve read my reviews of Maria V. Snyder’s Study trilogy, you know that I really loved them, and luckily this book, of a different but similar fantasy world, was just as interesting.
It certainly had things in common with the Study books. Avry starts the book off in a bit of a desperate point, jailed and ready for execution before she’s narrowly saved. Rather than being locked in a castle, Avry is forced to travel for months, but with an equally dangerous job. There are funny and interesting side characters and a stoic and often broody love interest.
All in all, I feel like there isn’t much about this book that really makes it stand out. It often seemed quite generic and by the book, yet it was almost always entertaining. Looking back a few weeks later, I feel like it’s the type of book that would normally be quite slow for me in many parts, but I remember that I read it in a fairly short time and was entertained pretty much the entire time. It seemed like a four star book for me – enjoyable but not amazing or mind-blowing or anything – yet it was entertaining like a 4.5-or-higher.
The ending seemed a bit convenient, I have to admit. Let’s just say that Avry got out of a jam that it certainly seems like she should have remained stuck in, but it’s a trilogy, and the show must go on.
This is a fairly short review, but that’s because there really isn’t much to say about this book. It was quite entertaining and made it clear that I am a fan of Snyder’s books. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel to see the aftermath of the climax.